Super colt All Too Hard has farewelled Australia with a dominant victory in the G1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
All Too Hard (3c Casino Prince – Helsinge by Desert Sun) didn’t let his fans down en route to the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Starting a $2.80 favourite, he was always travelling kindly for Dwayne Dunn and ran down Rain Affair by a half-length with Fiorente an eye catching third.
Champion mare More Joyous appeared, at first glance, to be past her best beating just one runner home.
All Too Hard is a younger half-brother to Black Caviar and he was purchased by Vinery Stud as a stallion prospect after a G1 victory in the Caulfield Guineas last October. Since changing hands, he has won the C F Orr Stakes, Futurity Stakes and All Aged Stakes to rubber-stamp an introductory $66,000 service fee later this year.
“We always thought he was the real deal and he certainly proved it today,” Vinery’s Peter Orton said at Randwick. “He is just the most magnificent looking animal and a really classy racehorse. We didn’t need to be here today, he’s got nothing to prove but you don’t duck and dive.”
Many of Black Caviar’s part-owners share in ownership of All Too Hard and are no doubt keen to return to Royal Ascot after the champion mare’s controversial visit last year.
Co-trainer Michael Hawkes told AAP an overseas trip will depend on how the colt came through Saturday’s win. “The horse comes first. He’s got to pull up enormous and then we will decide. He’s just an absolute athlete, he’s a racehorse, he’s got a big heart and he’s got the pedigree.”
“All Too Hard is among the best horses to have come through the stable,” Hawkes admitted. “He’s up with the best of them like Lonhro.”