12th Winner for Shooting to Win
Tara Madgwick - Wednesday July 31
On the last day of the Australian racing season the only first season sire to post a winner was Darley's Caulfield Guineas hero Shooting to Win and he did it in style with a debut winner at Belmont in Perth.

Platinum Bullet as a yearlingThe Simon Miller trained filly Platinum Bullet led all the way to win over 1200 metres by a long neck in a speedy and tenacious effort.

A $200,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Three Bridges Thoroughbreds draft for well known WA owners Barry & Jan McRostie, Platinum Bullet was bred by Three Bridges in partnership and is a half-sister to stakes-placed Mujallad and Tarismo.

She is the fourth winner from four foals to race from stakes-winning Pins mare Raid, a full sister to the dam of dual Group I winner Stratum Star. Raid is a great grand-daughter of legendary champion mare Emancipation, who has passed her grey colouring right down the line to many of her descendants.

Shooting to Win might have finished the season without a stakes-winner, but he does have a very exciting Group I place-getter in Kubrick, another Group III placed horse in Shotmaker as well as a further six metropolitan winners so you would have to say he's a young sire with plenty of irons in the fire that could easily prove a real dark horse as the spring unfolds.

Shooting to WinIt's worth taking a good look at his race record to see just what the future might hold for Shooting to Win.

He won two minor races at Kembla and Canterbury at his only starts at two in May and June and by the end of the spring had won not only the Group II ATC Stan Fox Stakes, but also the Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas.

It will be no surprise to anyone if by the end of the year Shooting to Win is not right up there with the very best of the second season sires and priced at $22,000 this spring is probably one of the best 'punt horses' in the Hunter Valley.

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