Half-brother to the world’s highest-rated mare Black Caviar, the Patinack Farm-owned All Too Hard is one of the headline juveniles among the 2012 VRC Sires’ Produces Stakes nominations for the Super Saturday of Racing event at Flemington this Saturday.
A son of Casino Prince out of Black Caviar’s dam Helsinge, All Too Hard proved they had ability when they scored a tidy one and a half length win on debut in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on February 18.
They return to Melbourne’s most famed racecourse on Saturday looking to follow in the hoofsteps of their famous older sibling and remain undefeated when they go second-up into the $250,000 Group 2 Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.
One of seven Group race features making up the Super Saturday racing card this year, the 2012 VRC Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes attracted 22 nominations.
Along with All Too Hard the other two top-rated two-year-olds are then Tony McEvoy’s one-time Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Jimando and the David Hayes-trained Mama’s Choice.
Commands colt Jimando won the Listed Inglis Debutants Stakes (1000m) last October and was a top fancy in the Blue Diamond Stakes odds before running third to Mama’s Choice as the beaten favourite in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield last month.
Jimando proved a false pre-post favourite again when they finished seven lengths away fourth to Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready on February 25, while Redoute’s Choice filly Mama’s Choice finished another three lengths away again in seventh.
Other exciting youngsters nominated for the Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes this year include Stephen Theodore’s Charge Forward gelding Road Trippin coming off a second to Snizterland in the Inglis Premier, the Peter Snowden-trained Blue Diamond Stakes fifth-placed Rusambo, David Hayes’ improving Rappers Delight and Pronto Pronto.
After running third to Mama’s Choice in the Chairman’s Stakes on debut, Jason Warren’s smart Snitzel colt Pronto Pronto broke their maiden status when they won a 1200-metre handicap at Sandown on February 29 from a wide gate.
The victory came as a nice consolation for connections, Pronto Pronto having failed to make the Blue Diamond Stakes field, and their performance impressed jockey James Winks.
“He’s probably one of the better two-year-olds I have ridden,” Winks said after last week’s win.
“What I really like about him is he’s very cheeky and got a bit of life about him and when the penny really drops with him he’s going to make the top grade.”
Warren was also keen to get Pronto Pronto back to the track after their impressive effort last-start.
“He took good improvement from his first start and I think he’ll improve again into Saturday,” Warren said.
“I did say to the owners all the way through, ‘I think he’s a real Sires’ horse and if he does happen to get a run in the Blue Diamond it’d be a bonus’, which he didn’t.
“He just always gave me the feel that’d be better once he got out to seven furlongs.”
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2012 Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes Nominations & Weights
Flemington – 10/03/2012
|1||ALL TOO HARD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||3||56.5kg||72|
|2||ANDRE ROO HOO||Robbie Laing||9||56.5kg||66|
|3||AT THE TAP||Ken Keys||17||56.5kg||62|
|10||MY DANCING DUEL (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||20||56.5kg||57|
|11||NO SMOKEN||Clinton McDonald||11||56.5kg||64|
|12||PRONTO PRONTO||Jason Warren||12||56.5kg||68|
|13||RAPPERS DELIGHT||David Hayes||14=||56.5kg||62|
|14||RIGHT TO ROAM||Pat Carey||21=||56.5kg||60|
|15||ROAD TRIPPIN||Stephen Theodore||4||56.5kg||64|
|17||SHAMEXPRESS (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||6||56.5kg||70|
|19||TIMELY TRUCE||Ricky Maund||10||56.5kg||66|
|20||UNDER THE LEANER||Tony Vasil||13||56.5kg||62|
|21||MAMA’S CHOICE||David Hayes||2||54.5kg||72|