All Too Hard awesome in Orr Stakes

Australia’s top rated colt All Too Hard collected his second Group 1 in the C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.  It complemented his Caulfield Guineas victory last October.

Making his first appearance in Vinery’s green and white colours, All Too Hard sailed down the centre of the track to defeat older gallopers Mawingo and Mr Moet in the time-honoured weight-for-age event.

All Too Hard (3c Casino Prince – Helsinge by Desert Sun) drew comparisons with Lonhro after his first assignment since finishing second in the G1 W S Cox Plate in October.  “He did a good job because of the leader bias – there hasn’t been much coming from behind today,”  co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said.  “I told Dwayne (Dunn) he was on the best horse and to ride him that way.

“Lonhro won the (2004) Orr Stakes and it feels a lot like those days.  We’re not quite sure where he’s going to end up this year.  He’s a big boy and hasn’t been screwed down yet.”

Bred by Gilgai Farm, All Too Hard was sold to Hawkes Racing on behalf of Patinack Farm for $1,025,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.  He was subsequently acquired by Vinery Stud and they have Royal Ascot ambitions for him in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes.

All Too Hard brought up a running double for the family on Saturday – his older half-sister Black Caviar won her 18th race in a row in last year’s Orr Stakes.

Their yearling half-brother colt by Redoute’s Choice will be offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds as agent for Gilgai owner Rick Jamieson at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Vinery colt wins the G1 Orr Stakes