2014 Caulfield Guineas Won by Shooting To Win

October 11th, 2014

Classy colt Shooting To Win has proven himself as one of the season’s leading three-year-old contenders this afternoon, displaying a superior turn of foot in the final straight to win the featured Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

Shooting To Win takes out the 2014 Caulfield Guineas

Shooting To Win takes out the 2014 Caulfield Guineas. Picture: Race Horse Photos Australia

Jumping from the gates well, the Northern Meteor colt settled in prime position within the field, allowing early leaders Rich Enuff, Almalad and Moonovermanhattan to set a noticeably quick tempo over the back straight and rounding the bend.

Finding the final straight with a clear racing line, Shooting To Win pulled up alongside Rich Enuff and locked in an exceptional sprinting battle, poking half a length clear in the last 50m to find the line in the green of Ken Keys’ clear pre-post favourite; rank outsider Wandjina running on for third.

Co-trainer Paul Snowden was understandably thrilled to have secured a maiden Group 1 victory in training alongside father Peter and laid all the praise on his classy entrant and jockey James McDonald’s performance.

“We really sort of trust his ability and it shone through today,” Snowden said after the race.

“He got into a great spot, James was aggressive early – he can be on the back foot sometimes when he’s jumped and missed it but put into a lovely spot he relaxes, that’s the best part about him.”

McDonald delivered an exceptional ride on Shooting To Win in the 2014 Caulfield Guineas and was almost lost for words after passing the post, revealing it was an event he had always wanted to win.

“He’s unbelievable; his turn of foot is incredible and I’m pretty speechless, it’s one race I’ve always wanted to win,” McDonald said following the race.

“The horse has been racing really well and what a thrill.

“They got going a little bit earlier than what I would have hoped but he bounced out of the gates well and put himself in a good position.

“Obviously haven’t had a lot of luck in it … this is one race I’ve always wanted to make it up.”

Gallant in defeat, trainer Ken Keys said he was pleased with resounding favourite Rich Enuff’s performance for second in the 2014 Caulfield Guineas and revealed he is yet to decide on the next point of call for the talented three-year-old.

“He ran super, he had no peace and I have no doubt we’re a better chaser but that’s where he landed, that’s what we copped and that’s what you’ve got to put up with,” Keys said following the race.

“We got beaten by a half-length but it’s a bit hard to be too disappointed with him today. We’ll restock and he’ll be right.”

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2014 Caulfield Guineas Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 4 SHOOTING TO WIN Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 8 56.5kg $7.50
2 3 RICH ENUFF Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Ken Keys Michael Rodd 0.3L 10 56.5kg $1.80F
3 14 WANDJINA Gai Waterhouse Dwayne Dunn 1.3L 5 56.5kg $101
4 8 KUMAON John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 1.4L 2 56.5kg $31
5 6 CHIVALRY Mark Kavanagh Glen Boss 3.4L 12 56.5kg $14
6 9 MERION (NZ) Michael Moroney Steven Arnold 3.7L 4 56.5kg $21
7 10 MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price Craig Newitt 3.9L 7 56.5kg $31
8 2 ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 6.65L 13 56.5kg $11
9 5 ZULULAND David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damien Oliver 7.65L 3 56.5kg $71
10 12 LUCKY TOM Harold Norman Rikki Jamieson (a) 8.05L 6 56.5kg $151
11 7 LOOKS LIKE THE CAT Tony Gollan Damian Browne 8.45L 9 56.5kg $8
12 11 STINGRAY John Moloney Mark Zahra 16.45L 11 56.5kg $151
13 13 ZEBULON (NZ) Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Stephen Baster 16.55L 1 56.5kg $31