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Black Caviar’s undefeated half-brother All Too Hard may be the headline nominee for the 2012 Todman Slipper Trial in Sydney this Saturday, but connections are adamant they won’t be pushing the youngster for a Golden Slipper bid and they could be saved for the following weekend.
Casino Prince colt All Too Hard, purchased for over $1 million as a yearling, shares the same dam as the mighty Black Caviar (Helsinge) and so far has lived up to the hype of their breeding.
On debut they beat a smart field in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on February 18 and backed up to put a commanding four lengths on their closest rival in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at the same track on March 10.
The excellent start to their career has seen All Too Hard rise to the position of second favourite in the Golden Slipper odds at bookmaker.com.au paying $6.
They trail only Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready, who races in the Reisling Slipper Trial this weekend, who is the $4.80 top elect to win the $3.5 million feature at Rosehill on April 7.
Despite being the spruik youngster among the 18 nominations for the $300,000 Group 1 Todman Slipper Trial (1200m), also known as the Todman Stakes, All Too Hard could still miss the clash in favour of the $175,000 Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) back at Rosehill the following Saturday.
“Well enter him for Saturday, but then we’ll just see,” co-trained John Hawkes said.
“It’s more than likely he’ll run in the Pago Pago.
“I’m very happy with him.
“He’s come through the Sires’ well, he traveled up well.
“He has settled well in Sydney, and we’ll know what direction we go with him after the Pago Pago.
“Whether we get there (the Golden Slipper), we’ll wait and see.”
Equal $6 second pick in the bookmaker.com.au Golden Slipper betting markets, Pierro, is also nominated for the Todman Slipper Trial 2012.
Gai Waterhouse’s Lonhro colt is also unbeaten with wins in the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Plate (1000m) at Randwick in October and the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on a Heavy (9) course on March 3.
Along with All Too Hard and Pierro two other undefeated juveniles are entered for the Todman Slipper Trial with the Peter Snowden-trained Epaulette and Adelaide raider Fire Thunderbolt coming off a three length win with Craig Williams aboard in the Listed Ice Cream Stakes (1000m) at Flemington from March 3.
Commands colt Epaulette won a Rosehill Boxing Day feature on debut then resumed with a tight first-up win in the Listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) at Canberra on March 11.
Snowden has also nominated for his up-and-coming Exceed And Excel colt Narcissus.
Black Opal Stakes runner-up Faustus is also among the Todman hopes this year, as is the fellow John O’Shea-trained Shelford.
More Than Ready two-year-old Faustus was top fancy in the Black Opal Stakes but finished a long-neck away second, jockey Jim Cassidy confident of improvement to come from that run.
“The Canberra track (for the Black Opal) was disgraceful,” Cassidy said.
“It was a sand pit, and he’ll be better again on top of the ground.
“I like him as a racehorse, and if he gets the right track, I’m confident you’ll see a nice racehorse on Saturday.”
Other notable entries include Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel colt Amorino last seen running sixth in the Magic Millions Classic on the Gold Coast in mid-January and the David Pfieffer-trained Nediym’s Quest.
The 2012 Todman Slipper Trial final field will be revealed on Wednesday, as will all the other Coolmore Classic Day features, so bookmark us here at Races.com.au. to view the Rosehill acceptances.
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2012 Todman Slipper Trial Nominations
Rosehill Gardens – 24/03/2012
|1||ALL TOO HARD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|6||FIRE THUNDERBOLT||Phillip Stokes|
|7||FOB DUBAI||Chris Waller|
|9||NEDIYM’S QUEST||David Pfieffer|
|11||RED EXCITEMENT||Neville Layt|
|13||TROPHIES||John P Thompson|
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