An Interstate Treble for Shooting To Win and Oh So Close to Four

Mark Smith - Wednesday September 16

A good day at the office for Darley Stud’s Shooting To Win on Wednesday with a pair of progressive three-year-old winners and a four-year-old winner that is starting to live up to his early promise.

Miss Twenty Two (3f ex: Sakitto) had to share her win at Eagle Farm with the Snitzel filly Daisy Street but Shooting To Win had a day out at Bendigo with the winners Hickok (3c ex: Monira) and  Shotmaker (4g ex: Maroon Bay). Then Godolphin’s heavily backed 4yo mare Special Snap was favoured to give Shooting To Win a treble but was run down in the closing stages by Goldifox (Foxwedge).

Shotmaker stretches out for his second win  (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained Shotmaker has had a boom on him since finishing second in the Group III Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield back in February last year but he has been a frustrating character.

He may be getting back on track. After breaking his maiden at Wodonga in August he placed at Sandown and Bendigo before earning his second win on Wednesday.

The Tony Noonan-trained Hickock may be the one to follow from the meeting.

Hickok powers home to break his maiden  (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)


 Ridden by Noonan's son Jake, Hickok had just one runner behind him on the turn home before powering down the centre of the track to break his maiden over 1100m at his third start.

He had a half-head to spare over the Hinchinbrook gelding Fixated who had some useful form that included a third to Hanseatic and Glenfiddich in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview.

Tony Noonan admitted he was concerned in the run.  

"I was worried, he got back further in the field than what we had planned," Noonan told

"I think he's a mile-plus horse in the making so we went there today, even though we wanted to win, we had a plan as far as what we wanted from him.

"Once he got out, got a bit of room and balanced I was hoping that line wasn't going to come up too quick because I knew he would run on strongly.

"I've got a good group of people, some really good mates, in the horse and it's always nice to get a result when you're surrounded by friends.

The son of Shooting To Win holds an entry for the $2 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10.

"He's got to keep winning to warrant going that way, but we'll see how he comes home, I think there's good improvement to come," he said.

A $160,000 purchase by Noonan out of the Woburn Farm draft at the2019 NZB Karaka Book 1, Hickok is the second foal of the More Than Ready (USA) mare Monira.

Shooting To Win

Unplaced in her only two starts in New Zealand,  Monira is a half-sister to the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes winner and NZ Oaks third Charmont (High Chaparral) out of the stakes-winning Danehill mare Martinique, herself a daughter of  the Group 1 VRC LKS Mackinnon Stakes and Group 1 STC Ansett Australia Stakes winner Champagne (Zabeel, who was runner-up to Jezabeel in the Melbourne Cup and also placed in the AJC Australian Oaks and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Champagne is a sister to Group 1 Zabeel Classic and New Zealand Derby hero St Reims and a three-quarter sister to the dam of triple Group 1 winner Bonneval (Makifi).


Race Result - Bet365 Top Tote Plus Mdn 1100m

Bendigo Track: Good(4) Time: 1:04.16
T: A W Noonan J: J Noonan 58
3c Shooting To Win (AUS) x Monira (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $160,000
V:Woburn Farm
B: Mr AW Noonan
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: D W Stackhouse 58
3g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Gaze (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $290,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: miRunners Racing No.1
Sensational Reward
T: T & C McEvoy J: L Currie 58
3g Reward For Effort (AUS) x Sensational Spirit (AUS) (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
T: James Cummings J: Damian Lane 58
3g Street Boss (USA) x Chinchilla (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Sea Witness
T: Byron Cozamanis J: W Egan 58
3c Star Witness (AUS) x Seamstress (AUS) (Rory's Jester (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Aquis Farm Operations Murrurundi NSW
B: Byron Cozamanis
T: R J Besanko J: C Newitt 58
3g Canford Cliffs (IRE) x Stiletto Rock (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: L & T Corstens J: John Allen 58
3c Zoustar (AUS) x Totally Sure (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $165,000
V:Trelawney Stud Ltd
B: Malua Racing / Flemington Bloodstock
Classy Banner
T: Logan McGill J: D Oliver 58
3g Starspangledbanner (AUS) x Vintage Class (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $165,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic
B: Glenhuntly Lodge Pty Ltd
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 1 $40,000
V:Kitchwin Hills Scone NSW
B: Rosemont Stud Pty Ltd
MM National Weanling Sale $38,000
V:Barador Stud Denman NSW
B: Mullaglass
T: R D Griffiths J: W Pike 58
3c No Nay Never (USA) x Solar Antiquity (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $110,000
V:Phoenix Broodmare Farm, Euroa
B: Robbie Griffiths Racing / Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA)
Gifted Miss
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: D Moor 56
3f Smart Missile (AUS) x Somer's Gift (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Riversdale Scone NSW
B: First Light/Paul Willetts/Ellerton Zahra Rcg
Zorro's Ghost
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: J Mott 58
3g Toronado (IRE) x Lady Of Sorrento (AUS) (Dubawi (IRE))
Stallion Parade
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