Two of the eye-catching winners at Flemington’s Super Saturday have had their prices to win the 2012 Golden Slipper in Sydney next month noticeably shorten with the Team Hawkes-trained All Too Hard the biggest market firmer.
While the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, the $3.5 million Group 1 AAMI Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 7, is yet to be confirmed as a definite target for Casino Prince colt All Too Hard, the half-brother to Black Caviar has still been one of the best-backed youngsters in the bookmaker.com.au markets.
Winner of the Talindert Stakes on debut last month, All Too Hard maintained their flawless race record with a blistering four length victory over Pronto Pronto in the Group 1 Henry Bucks VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Saturday, continuing the hype surrounding their early career.
Prior to Saturday’s success punters could get All Too Hard at a price as long as $17 in the Golden Slipper odds.
They now occupy the second line of Golden Slipper betting at bookmaker.com.au behind Mick Price’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready ($4.80) having been cut to $6.50.
Rumours that All Too Hard will end up bypassing the Golden Slipper showdown in favour of other elite level targets were further fuelled by co-trainer Wayne Hawkes’ comments that to improve the youngster’s eventual value at stud any Group 1 win would do.
“All he has to do now is win a Group One,” he said.
“It doesn’t have to be the Slipper, it’s just a Group One.
“If he makes it to that level gee whiz, he’s not going to be sold obviously but he’s going to be worth a lot of money.”
There was also talk that the best was yet to come from All Too Hard, the progressive galloper tipped to make a much nicer three-year-old that would do well in their tentative Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival aim, the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October.
“He’s not a natural two-year-old, he’s doing this on raw ability and he’s going to be a serious three-year-old,” Hawkes said.
As for the Golden Slipper John Hawkes, father of co-trainers Michael and Wayne, said they would not rush All Too Hard and risk injury.
“We’ll see what happens but we won’t rush into anything,” he said.
“We’ll just see how he progresses from the run.
“He may or may not, it’ll be fifty-fifty but the Sires’ (Produce Stakes) was always what I liked for him and maybe the Champagne (Stakes).
“We won’t rule anything out.
“From day one he has always wanted to be a racehorse and you have a lot of colts but he is one of those special colts.”
Equal $6.50 second favourite for the Golden Slipper along with All Too Hard is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pierro who is also unbeaten so far after their win in the Silver Slipper Stake at Rosehill on March 3.
Two other runners from Waterhouse’s Tulloch Lodge stables follow with Raceway ($7) and No Looking Back ($9).
The next-best fancied is then Snitzerland, winner of the first at Flemington on Saturday, the $125,000 Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m).
After the Gerald Ryan-trained Snitzel filly put four lengths on her rivals in the event, which was her second big win over 1200-metres this prep following a four and a half length victory over subsequent VRC Sires Produce Stakes third placegeter Road Trippin in the Inglis Premier at Mornington last month, she has firmed in from $17 to $10 in the Golden Slipper 2012 markets at bookmaker.com.au.
Snitzerland is likely to put her Golden Slipper claims on the line again when she races next-up in the $300,000 Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m), also known as the Reisling Slipper Trial, at Rosehill on March 24.
In the 2012 Reisling Stakes Snitzerland will take on current Golden Slipper top elect Samaready, something that Ryan is happy to do.
“I’m a great believer in times and just looking at the sectional times in the Blue Diamond I’m not that frightened of Samaready,” Ryan said.
See below for the top 15 horses in the latest futures Golden Slipper Stakes odds at bookmaker.com.au, our preferred online bookmaker.
Now is the perfect time to lock in your early Golden Slipper selections before prices firm.
2012 Golden Slipper Odds
Rosehill Gardens – Saturday April 7, 2012
|ALL TOO HARD||6.50 bookmaker.com.au|
|NO LOOKING BACK||9.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|CAVALRY ROSE||26.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|LATER GATOR||26.00 bookmaker.com.au|
|PURE HUSTLE||26.00 bookmaker.com.au|
*Top 15 only. Futures all-in betting odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change.