Much-hyped colt All Too Hard gets another chance to impress this weekend when he makes his Sydney debut in the 2012 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.
The Group 2 $175,000 event stands as one of the final Golden Slipper lead up races and serves as an important one with the winner set to receive exemption from the Slipper ballot.
All Too Hard will go into the Pago Pago as a heavy favourite but even if lives up to expectations and continues his unbeaten run, the talented horse may not run in next week’s prized Golden Slipper.
Trained by John Hawkes and his sons Wayne and Michael, the half brother of super star mare Black Caviar has signalled plenty of potential in his two starts to date.
He won the Listed Talindert Stakes on debut in February before producing a stunning performance to win by four lengths in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
Michael Hawkes was quick to down play his Slipper chances and insisted the focus remained on this weekend’s Pago Pago.
“It’s well stated that we’ll wait and see how he pulls up and go forward from there,” Hawkes said.
“Hopefully come Saturday we can show everyone what he is all about.
“[We’ll] just look forward to Saturday and hope he puts his best foot forward again and show everyone what he did in Melbourne.”
All Too Hard currently sits as second favourite in the early bookmaker.com.au Golden Slipper market, equal with Gai Waterhouse trained Pierro at $6.50.
If All Too Hard does run in the Slipper he would bring plenty of attention with him and he looks the most likely to upset filly Samaready, who is sitting as a very short-priced favourite ($2.50) to take out the richest two-year-old race in the world.
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