The cream is rising to the top with All Too Hard’s classic crop and his new-season juveniles are also surfacing in Melbourne and Sydney.
The Vinery sire’s red-hot run has been well-documented since the start of the season. He has set up a sizeable lead at the top of the second-season winners and wins premierships and, remarkably, is second only to Snitzel on the 3yo winners and wins ladder.
All Too Hard’s tally of 16 individual winners of 20 races in Australia puts him ahead of established stars Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible, Sebring and Exceed And Excel.
WARRANTY logged the latest with an authoritative three-length victory in the Contractors United Hcp (1300m) at Kembla last Saturday. The Snowden Racing filly bounced straight to the lead and saluted with consummate ease under Nick Heywood.
“It was only an hour after we won The Everest and celebrations were in full-swing,” co-trainer Paul Snowden recalled when he returned to base-camp on Monday. “But we were confident on the morning of the race and Nick rated her well in front. It was only her second start and she had been very unlucky down there first-up last month.”
Warranty will come to town next weekend, either at Canterbury on Friday night or Randwick on Saturday. “She had some troubles last season so we didn’t push her along,” Snowden added. “That was obviously the only option and the way she controlled things last Saturday showed there’s plenty of upside.”
A $510,000 buy for John Camilleri of Fairway Thoroughbreds at the 2016 Gold Coast Magic Millions, the good-looking chestnut filly is a half-sister to recent Randwick winner Wahng Wah (Casino Prince). Their dam Factor Of Safety is a three-quarter sister to Niagara (Ajax Stakes-Gr.2) and a half-sister to Gathering (Railway Stakes-Gr.1) and Florentina (Gold Coast Guineas-Gr.3).
ECLAIR SUNSHINE was due to run in the Caulfield Guineas-Gr.1 last Saturday but was a late withdrawal after running a temperature. “Everything had gone to plan so it was disappointing to miss out,” trainer Phillip Stokes said. “It didn’t set him back and he returned to normal this week.”
First emergency Mighty Boss got a run and caused a 100/1 boilover in the race that marked All Too Hard’s first Group 1 victory in 2012. Stokes has nominated Éclair Sunshine for the Gothic Stakes-LR (1400m) at Caulfield this Saturday and he has opened a $5 second-favourite with the TAB.
ABERRO is also black-type bound an hour later in the Caulfield Classic-Gr.3 (2000m). He has been screaming for a longer journey since running over a Sandown field first-up in August.
“He’s a class colt with a staying action and we’re hoping for another good finish this Saturday with the Victoria Derby a fortnight away,” trainer Matt Laurie said. “We took him along quietly earlier this year with the classics in mind and hopefully it pays off.”
Laurie won the 2013 South Australian Derby-Gr.1 with Aberro’s three-quarter brother Escado. He was by All Too Hard’s sire Casino Prince.
All Too Hard can also hit the ground winning with a 2yo colt from his second crop this Saturday.
ALSHAHHAD is being kept safe at $6.50 on debut in the $100,000 Kirkham Plate (1000m) at Randwick. Trainer David Hayes will float him from Lindsay Park to Sydney following a winning trial at Wodonga.
Sheikh Hamdan’s bloodstock advisor Angus Gold paid $300,000 for Alshahhad at this year’s Magic Millions. “I really like him and there’s speed on the dam’s side,” Gold said at the Gold Coast. “He’s a lovely walker with the right attitude and looks a goer.”
All Too Hard sired him from English-bred mare Poppett’s Treasure (Dansili) who won at Chantilly and was stakes placed at Deauville. She is a half-sister to Overdose, the 2008 Champion European 3YO Sprinter who was known as the ‘Budapest Bullet’.
“I tried to buy All Too Hard as a yearling so getting one of his sons is the next best thing,” Gold claimed back in January. “I believe in him as a sire.”
Another All Too Hard to graduate from the Gold Coast is the colt from Perfect Stranger (Red Ransom) that made $160,000 at the Magic Millions 2YO Sale last week. He was purchased by Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears and Pinhook Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Dave Mee.
Offered by Baramul Stud, he’s out of a sister to Schillaci Stakes-Gr.2 winner Halibery. “I got him ready for Gerry Harvey so I know a bit about him,” Sears revealed. “His breeze-up was really nice and I think he’s got a good future.”
MESSERSCHMITT loomed up to the leaders in the Debutant Stakes-LR at Caulfield last Saturday before fading to fourth. He could have gone closer to a black-type placing after stewards reported he was forced to ease when crowded for room between Qafila and Encryption approaching the finishing line.
The Anthony Freedman-trained colt is bred to be an early winner. All Too Hard got him from Night War (Karrakatta Plate-Gr.2) and she is a half-sister to Samaready (Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1).
Vinery stands All Too Hard for a $44,000 (inc gst) service fee.