All Too Hard sired another winning double at Wyong on Thursday to stretch his lead even further at the top of the Australian second-season sires’ premiership.
The Vinery sire now has 15 individual winners of 19 races for earnings of $542,000 this season. Those stats do not include his overseas winners Alcari (Hong Kong) and Roy’s Riviera (South Africa).
Trainer Gary Moore rated All Too Huiying a class horse of the future after his All Too Hard colt broke the ice in the Cabac – Haneco Plate (1600m) at Wyong.
He did it the hard way facing the breeze but was too strong in a blanket finish from Strome (Smart Missile) and Lucky Louie (Pluck).
All Too Huiying (pictured) had shown potential with stakes-placings in the Fernhill Hcp-LR at Randwick & Champagne Classic-Gr.2 at Doomben during his first preparation.
“He has a great temperament and grew a lot while spelling after the winter carnival,” Moore said. “He’s a real nice horse. I like him a lot and he will go on from here and get out to staying trips.”
Bred by SA Thoroughbred Breeders committeeman Brenton Parker, he sold through Mill Park Stud for $150,000 at the 2016 Adelaide Magic Millions. He’s a half-brother to Group 1 star Happy Trails and Group 3 winner Danish Twist (Scone Dark Jewel Classic).
Winning jockey Christian Reith confirmed the colt appreciated a drop back in grade from the Dulcify Quality-LR at Randwick in September. “He was entitled to get tired today. He switched on when I let him slide to sit outside the leader but he was tough to the line and will keep improving.”
Team Hawkes completed the All Too Hard double with a dominant victory by Groundbreak in the Legrand Australia Hcp (1350m). Given a dream run behind the pace, he circled the leaders and put the race to bed at the top of the straight while clocking a class-record 1:18.95s.
Groundbreak had won his maiden in similar style at Hawkesbury a fortnight ago and impressed jockey Brenton Avdullah. “It was a terrific win first-up and that gave him plenty of confidence today. He’s got ability and there’s still more upside – he wobbled around the corner and then had a look around when he got to the front.”
A $175,000 buy at the 2016 Inglis Easter yearling sale, he is the first foal of Adelaide Guineas-LR winner Booklet (Tale of the Cat) and races in the same colours as champion sprinter Chautauqua.
All Too Hard, who has Éclair Sunshine running in the Caulfield Guineas-Gr.1 this Saturday, stands for a $44,000 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery.