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Racing to Win Targets Cox Plate

It was almost a case of deja vu for trainer John O’Shea and owners Trevor Stuckey and Penny Yan when a colt caught their eyes at the yearling sales.

Five years ago they secured subsequent multiple Group One winner Racing To Win for just $40,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale.

The qualities O’Shea saw in Racing To Win as a yearling were similar to those he saw in another colt at last year’s Magic Millions sale and, like his popular stablemate, Speeding To Win was knocked down to O’Shea on behalf of his owners.

“It was a bit similar to Racing To Win in that they were both uncomplicated, well-balanced horses by nice stallions,” O’Shea said.

“It would be nice if this one was half as good.”

While Racing To Win is by top sire Encosta De Lago, Speeding To Win is a son of glamour stallion Redoute’s Choice and cost $450,000.

He will have his first start in the Merimbula Bay Hcp (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday and will sport Racing To Win’s colours of dark blue and pale blue with a white pom pom.

The youngster finished second in his only barrier trial and has pleased O’Shea with his work on the track.

“I’ve got a pretty good line on the two-year-olds from what we raced during the year and this one isn’t out of the mix,” said O’Shea who prepared Tickets to win the Canonbury and Darley Stakes and finish second in both the Group One Sires’ Produce and Champagne Stakes.

“He’s got an effortless action and I think that was reflected in his trial. I thought his trial had merit.”

Speeding To Win missed the early two-year-old races due to shin-soreness and O’Shea doesn’t want to push him this campaign.

Saturday’s race is likely to be his sole appearance before he is spelled with a view to the Magic Millions carnival on the Gold Coast in January.

“He’s a Magic Millions horse so that may be an option to take him up there,” O’Shea said.

Racing To Win is also back in work and will trial in two weeks before resuming in the Warwick Stakes next month with the 2009 Cox Plate his main goal.

Article by Mandy Cottell Aapracing

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