Patinack Farm boss Nathan Tinkler was forced to end a Golden Slipper campaign for Hussousa last week but he bounced straight back with All Too Hard in the G2 Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.
Hussousa (Husson) was Patinack’s first juvenile winner of the season in the Gimcrack Stakes and she made it to the last hurdle with a very encouraging second to Samaready in the G2 Riesling Slipper Stakes on March 24.
Given better luck in running, she would have finished closer to the Golden Slipper favourite but pulled up sore and is already out spelling for the spring.
All Too Hard (2c Casino Prince – Helsinge by Desert Sun) firmed into equal $3 favouritism for the $3.50 million Golden Slipper after winning as he liked first time out in Sydney. “He did what he had to do,” trainer John Hawkes said matter-of-factly. “He’s a big strong boy and is a lovely, quality horse.”
The younger half-brother to world champion Black Caviar topped the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale at $1.025 million but he’s already worth many times more than that price-tag to Patinack.
All Too Hard’s value will sky-rocket as a sire prospect with a Golden Slipper to his credit and it will almost certainly boost the service fee for Patinack’s first-season sire Casino Prince.
Trainer John Hawkes said he won’t make a decision on a Golden Slipper start until final acceptances on Tuesday morning but that’s the way he’s been operating since Toltrice turned up over 40 years ago. Hawkes is from the school that goes by that old saying, “Tell ‘em nothing and take ‘em nowhere.”
But telling Tinkler to bypass the Golden Slipper would be tantamount to declaring World War III. He is a young man in a hurry and winning Australia’s most profitable race would add millions to the value of All Too Hard and Casino Prince.
Casino Prince was a G1 winner of the Chipping Norton Stakes in Sydney and G2 Alister Clark Stakes in Melbourne. A son of Flying Spur, he stood for a $27,500 (inc gst) fee at Patinack Farm last year.
Makybe will offer a Redoute’s Choice half-sister to Black Caviar and All Too Hard as agent at the 2012 Inglis Easter yearling sale as Lot 200. Their dam Helsinge is owned by Gilgai Farm’s Rick Jamieson and she foaled a Redoute’s Choice colt last September.