Like his older half-sister Black Caviar last week, star three-year-old All Too Hard went to another level at Caulfield when putting on a superb display in the $500,000 Group 1 MRC Futurity Stakes over 1400m.
All Too Hard (3c Casino Prince – Helsinge by Desert Sun) showed a superior turn-of-foot when storming to a three length victory in the style of an outstanding weight-for-age galloper. “I put a label on him early and said he was one of the best I’ve ridden,” jockey Dwayne Dunn said. “I’ve been waiting 20 years to find something like this and it’s finally coming to fruition.”
The top priced lot at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale at $1,025,000, All Too Hard was acquired by as a future stallion prospect late last year by Vinery Stud. “It was a big risk but he was a developing horse and what we knew with Black Caviar was that she developed and developed,” said part-owner Neil Werrett, who also races Black Caviar. “His wins in the Futurity and Orr Stakes showed us that, as a three-year-old and four-year-old, this horse is going to be quite dominant.
“He had the best breeding of probably any horse in Australia so from our point of view it probably wasn’t a big gamble but it was a lot of money.”
There is plenty of anticipation surrounding his yearling half-brother by Redoute’s Choice which will be offered as Lot 131 by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds as agent for Rick Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
All Too Hard’s owners, along with trainers John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes, will decide in the coming days whether the three-year-old will back up next week in the G1 VRC Australian Guineas over 1600m at Flemington.