Vinery general manager Peter Orton has mapped out a challenging mission for All Too Hard after the star colt starts first-up in the G1 C F Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield this Saturday.
Vinery paid a reported $20 million to Patinack Farm for the G1 Caulfield Guineas winner in December. “All Too Hard is one of the most exciting stallion prospects we have seen for many years,” Orton said. “Not only is he a super racehorse, his pedigree is perfectly suited to our conditions and he’s also a spectacular individual physically.”
After the Orr Stakes, All Too Hard will head to Flemington for the G1 Australian Guineas (1600m) prior to a short Sydney campaign ahead of a trip to England.
“The Queen Anne over a mile at Royal Ascot would be ideal,” Orton continued. “There are another couple of races that would suit him in France. He’s a half-brother to Black Caviar so adding to his record over there would increase his value when negotiating with overseas farms.”
All Too Hard is a son of Champion Australian first-season sire Casino Prince (Flying Spur) and was a seven-figure yearling buy for Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack operation at the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale.
His dam Helsinge has been a sensation at stud starting with Black Caviar who is undefeated in 22 starts. Second dam Scandinavia (Snippets) also foaled G1 winning sprinter Magnus. His third dam Song Of Norway is a daughter of champion sprinter and sire Vain.
“There’s a possibility he could continue racing for another year,” Orton explained. “But it’s always been our intention to stand him at stud in 2013.”