Black Caviar’s undefeated half-brother All Too Hard has opened as the early favourite to maintain their unblemished career record with a win in the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2012, the two-year-old clash to run as race three of nine at Flemington for the autumn Super Saturday of Racing.
The $250,000 Group 2 Henry Bucks VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) drew a full field of 16 starters plus three emergencies, first reserve Ekibuuka set to get a run following the early scratching of #16 Meditrina.
In the horse racing betting markets for the event at the bookies, just four of the young hopefuls are under $10, the favourite of which is All Too Hard.
Drawn in barrier 10, coming into nine if second emergency My Dancing Duel fails to gain a run, the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained Casino Prince colt shares the same dam (Helsinge) as the mighty Black Caviar and connections are hoping he enjoys the same second-up result as his famed older sibling.
Paying around $3 in the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes odds, All Too Hard debuted at Flemington on February 18 and beat home a similar quality field by one and a half lengths in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m).
Their main dangers on Saturday look to be fellow stakes winner Jimando ($5.50) last seen running fourth in the Blue Diamond Stakes, and the Jason Warren-trained Pronto Pronto ($6).
Promising Snitzel colt finished an eye-catching fourth behind the David Hayes-trained filly Mama’s Choice in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on February 4 and showed good improvement to win their next start over 1200-metres at Sandown beating Shamexpress.
Shamexpress also backs up in the Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes on Saturday, Danny O’Brien’s O’Reilly colt the next best-fancied paying around $8 in the markets.
Coming up trumps with barrier three, Shamexpress will be ridden by Craig Williams for the first time on Saturday, the up-and-comer looking to return to the form that saw them score a four length win over 1200-metres at Flemington on debut before encountering a Slow (7) track last start.
Other longer-priced chances that could claim an upset, a common result in these two-year-old clashes, include the Peter Snowden-trained Elusive Quality colt Rusambo ($12) who ran fifth in the Blue Diamond, Snowden’s untapped Hussonet colt Tatra ($14), Chairman’s Stakes winner Mama’s Choice ($14) and the Ricky Maund-trained Timely Truce ($19) coming off a third to All Too Hard in the Talindert.
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