The 2012 Golden Slipper betting picture is certainly an interesting one ahead of the world’s richest juvenile’s race at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, Black Caviar’s undefeated half-brother All Too Hard equal favourite in the markets despite being far from a confirmed runner.
Connections of the spruik Casino Prince colt, purchased by co-trainer John Hawkes for Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm Racing operation for just over $1 million at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, have until 10am tomorrow to decide whether All Too Hard will in fact accept for the $3.5 million Group 1 AAMI Golden Slipper (1200m) on Saturday.
“(He is) nice and bright, we will have a good look at him (today) and Tuesday,” Hawkes said.
“Nothing’s ruled in, nothing’s ruled out. The horse will tell us what we should and shouldn’t do. He’s well at this point in time.
“He’s a pretty special horse. You have to earn your stripes and not get carried away.
“He’s a very promising horse, but he will be at his best as a three-year-old.
“We’re just hoping it pans out that way.
“His two attributes is that he switches on and off when you want him to and he’s push button.
“Very few horses have those attributes, they are elite athletes those types of horses.”
It would seem they would be mad not to run the exciting youngster who is already said to be worth more than their superlative older half-sister Black Caviar, a tidy $15 million actually.
“At this stage, to buy him before the Slipper you would have to be offering around the $15 million mark, not that Nathan Tinkler would be wanting to sell,” Inglis bloodstock director Jonathon D’Arcy said.
“If he happened to win (the Golden Slipper) he would be then be a $20 million plus horse given his upside and the real possibility that he could be a better horse as a three-year-old.
“Black Caviar is a once in a life time horse but it would be hard to think that she would fetch more than $6 million in an auction.”
John Hawkes also commented on the two-year-olds’ immense stallion potential and value in comparison to Black Caviar, a winner of all 19 of her career starts to date.
“He’s probably more valuable than she is,” Hawkes said.
“Unfortunately she can only have one foal a year, but a colt can do it a couple of hundred times a year. That is what makes him so valuable.
“She is the elite. He has a long way to go to get to her standard.
“She’s already done it, he’s got to do it.”
On the weekend All Too Hard maintained their unbeaten status with a third career win at stakes level, this time in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m).
While their current prize money sits at $318,700, All Too Hard is already worth millions at stud, his performances a huge boost for the dam he shares with Black Caviar, Desert Sun mare Helsinge.
In the latest Golden Slipper odds All Too Hard is now the $3 top elect along with Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready.
Word on the street is he runs he wins.
Jockey Dwayne Dunn would most emphatically agree having partnered All Too Hard for their trio of wins, the hoop going so far to say the horse even had a better turn of foot than Black Caviar.
“I actually think he has a bit better turn of foot than Black Caviar,” Dunn said.
“She has a killer furlong (2000 metres) from the 600 metres when she rolls into her races, gets the others off the bit and puts them to the sword.
“But this bloke is a push-button type.
“He has the ability to reel off an incredible sectional.”
Whether All Too Hard backs up on Easter Saturday in the Golden Slipper field is up to connections and the trainers, but Dunn said he would love to be at the Gardens riding them on successive Saturdays.
“I’m not sure what the Hawkes camp will do about (the Golden Slipper) next week but put it this way, I’d like to be coming back here to ride him,” he said.
The other top fancies in the latest Golden Slipper betting markets include the Gai Waterhouse-trained quartet of unbeaten Lonhro colt Pierro, Redoute’s Choice filly No Looking Back who hasn’t raced since her second to Samaready in the Blue Diamond Stakes, More Than Ready rig Raceway and Magic Millions Classic winner Driefontein; along with Peter Snowden’s classy Commands colt Epaulette.
Late Golden Slipper entries will be announced shortly followed by the final acceptances being taken by 10am Tuesday morning.