This Saturday a supercharged showdown between a pricey blueblood and a Golden Slipper winner will take place at Randwick’s Australian Derby Day, so can the former All Too Hard continue their magic run and win the ATC Inglis Sires Produce Stakes 2012?
This half-brother of super mare Black Caviar sharing the dam Helsinge, like his superlative older stablemate, is unbeaten to date.
Prepared by the Hawkes’ father and sons training team Casino Prince colt All Too Hard was purchased for over $1 million by Nathan Tinkler at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sales in Melbourne, and so far that hefty purchase price has started to come back.
After a debut win in a Flemington black-type in late February All Too Hard has continued to rise through the ranks and leave quality rivals in his wake.
Two back he put a minimum four lengths on the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) field before taking out the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) in their Sydney debut at Rosehill.
They skipped the Golden Slipper and connections will never know if they would have beaten the Gai Waterhouse-trained winner Pierro, but the odds are that they will beat them on Saturday with Pierro also backing up in the Sires Produce.
Regular jockey Dwayne Dunn sticks with All Too Hard and after missing the chance to ride in the Golden Slipper with them hopes for a Group 1 win this weekend.
“He’s an exciting horse and obviously I was disappointed that they didn’t run him in the Slipper,” Dunn said.
“Then again, he might have been like Samaready (who finished third) and got back a bit too far out of his ground and been unable to get back into it.
“On Saturday the 1400 metres looks ideal and he should just go there and win and then back up and win the Champagne Stakes as well.
“But they (connections) might have different ideas.
“He’s good enough but it is just race by race.
“I think they just want to get that Group One out of the way.”
The $400,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) runs at Randwick on Sydney Cup Day, April 28, but first the Sires.
So can All Too Hard remain undefeated come Race 5 at 2:16pm on Saturday afternoon?
Below the Races.com.au team take a look at why All Too Hard is the deserved favourite and for the skeptics some evidence against the crack colt as well.
#2 All Too Hard – Horse Facts
- Trainer: Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
- Jockey: Dwayne Dunn
- Barrier: 3
- Weight: 56.5kg
- Owners: Patinack Farm Racing (MGR: N L TINKLER)
- Age: 2YO
- Gender: Colt
- Breeding: by Casino Prince (AUS) out of Desert Sun (GB) mare Helsinge (AUS)
- Career: 3-3-0-0
- Prize Money: $318,700
- Current 2012 ATC Inglis Sires Produce Stakes Odds: $1.65)
Yes – All Too Hard Will Win the 2012 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes
- It’s a small field and they get the gun run from barrier three
- Dunn has the experience on them guiding them to their opening three starts
- Are bred to win and have done just that to date, undefeated in three with a perfect 100% win and place rate
- Targeted for this race, skipping the prestigious Slipper especially for this
- Only one here to have run and won over the distance when taking out the VRC Sires Produce at Flemington by four lengths
- Is odds-on for a reason
No – All Too Hard Won’t Win be the 2012 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes Winner
- Face a Golden Slipper winner in Pierro ($2.40) who is also unbeaten, connections probably didn’t expect to face them
Really, that’s it, if Pierro gets there they get there if not All Too Hard wins.
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