All Too Hard V The Rest – Pago Pago Stakes 2012 Final Field

Highly promising colt All Too Hard is the headline act in Saturday’s 2012 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) which will run as a final Golden Slipper lead up event at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens.

It will the be the half brother of Black Caviar’s first run in the harbour city and he will have to beat nine other colts and geldings to secure top honours in the Group 2 $175,000 event.

All Too Hard

All Too Hard will be tough to beat in Saturday's Pago Pago Stakes

He has by far the most impressive record of the young field, having never looked troubled in his two starts to date.

Trained by the Michael, John and Wayne Hawkes, All Too Hard won the Listed Talindert Stakes on debut before showing blistering speed to win the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes by four lengths.

It is that sort of form that has him listed as second favourite in the early Golden Slipper market but he is no certainty to run with Michael Hawkes yesterday suggesting they would wait until after Saturday before making a final decision.

“It’s well stated that we’ll wait and see how he pulls up and go forward from there,” he said.

For the much-hyped young horse to win on Saturday, he will have to do so from a wide barrier (8) but will be helped by having regular jockey Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.

The horse that appears most likely to come close to All Too Hard is Collect who ran fourth in the Silver Slipper before producing a third-place finish in the Group 3 Skyline Stakes.

A son of Fastnet Rock, the colt currently sits twelfth in the Golden Slipper betting market at $26.00 and will start from just inside All Too Hard on Saturday in barrier seven.

Sydney trainer Tim Martin will bring Le Cap for his first run at Rosehill after he showed promise by winning on debut in Gosford on March 14.

The Exceed And Excel colt has drawn an ideal barrier for his first run in the big smoke and will come from mid field (5) with the experienced Corey Brown riding.

Well-known Sydney trainer Peter Snowden will have two horses running with Narcissus and Commands colt Limes who is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Skyline Stakes.

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2012 Pago Pago Stakes – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 11 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 8 55.5kg
2 1X6 PURE HUSTLE Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 6 55.5kg
3 32 NARCISSUS Peter Snowden TBA 9 55.5kg
4 43 COLLECT Kevin Moses Damien Oliver 7 55.5kg
5 81 SMART MAN Chris Waller Glen Boss 2 55.5kg
6 1 LE CAP Tim Martin Corey Brown 5 55.5kg
7 3X4 LIMES Peter Snowden TBA 3 55.5kg
8 8X8 STRENGTH John P Thompson Michael Rodd 4 55.5kg
9 6 HARD MARKER Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 10 55.5kg
10 4 FOB DUBAI Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 55.5kg