All Too Hard and Pierro Top 2013 Australian Guineas Nominations

A mouth-watering rematch between Caulfield Guineas quinella All Too Hard and Pierro is potentially on the cards with the star colts topping nominations for the Group 1 2013 Australian Guineas (1600m).

All Too Hard

Caulfield Guineas winner All Too Hard is one of the top nominations for the Australian Guineas

Seventy six three-year-olds were this morning entered for the $500,000 three-year-old feature which will take place at Flemington on March 2.

While the match-up may not eventuate, nearly all racing fans will be hoping it does, with last year’s Caulfield Guineas one of the best races of the spring.

On that occasion Pierro was a short-priced favourite, and at that stage unbeaten, before All Too Hard ended his reign with a barnstorming finish down the outside.

The Patinack-owned colt again scored bragging rights in their next meeting when he finished runner-up in the Cox Plate with Pierro left to collect third-place honours.

While the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pierro is yet to be confirmed as a Guineas contender, team Hawkes have given every indication All Too Hard will be aimed at the race.

Pierro is joined in nominations by four stablemates including highly-rated colt Proisir, fillies Urban Groove and Driefontein and emerging gelding Spurtonic.

Head Darley trainer Peter Snowden has nominated three of his charges with the contingent headed by talented colt Albrecht.

The son of Redoute’s Choice is yet to race in Melbourne but had an impressive debut campaign in Sydney in the early spring, winning the Group 3 Up and Coming Stakes and finishing second in the Group 1 Golden Rose and the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes.

Anthony Cummings’ gelding Fiveandahalfstar could return to the scene of his greatest victory after winning the Victoria Derby at the Spring Carnival.

While many of the horses nominated have already established themselves, there are just as many raw talents who will get the chance to step up  to the big stage at the 2013 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

Michael Kent has entered unbeaten colt Philippi who won his first three starts last spring while prominent owner Lloyd Williams has Wales who has not been seen since debuting with victory in the Redoute’s Choice Stakes last April.

Another raw youngster included in nominations is Greg Eurell’s colt Hosting who walloped his rivals by nearly four lengths on debut at Mornington in August.

Other horses included in Australian Guineas nominations are Victoria Derby runner-up Super Cool, Team Hawkes recent stable addition Ninth Legion and Peter Gelagotis-trained stakes winner Hvasstan.

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Australian Guineas 2013 – Nominations

Horse Trainer
1 AJEEB (NZ) Mick Price
2 ALBRECHT Peter Snowden
3 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
4 ALZORA David Hayes
5 BALACLAVA LADY Nigel Blackiston
6 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes
7 BEL THOR Wez Hunter
8 BISOGNO MIA Nathan McPherson
9 BLOODBUZZ OHIO Troy Portelli
10 CALIBRATE Tony Noonan
11 CHEZ HARMONY David Payne
12 CHICHARITO Peter G Moody
13 COLICCHIO Ross McDonald
14 DAZZLER Peter Snowden
15 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse
16 EYE THE WORLD David Hayes
17 FERLAX (NZ) Jim Conlan
18 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings
19 FORCE COMMAND Greg Eurell
21 GERONTIUS David Hayes
22 GRAND EMPEROR Dean Howard
23 GREAT GAME David Hayes
24 HARD MARKER Anthony Cummings
25 HIGH ESTEEM Peter G Moody
26 HIGH SHOT (NZ) Michael Kent
27 HONORIUS David Payne
28 HOSTING Greg Eurell
29 HVASSTAN Peter Gelagotis
30 IRISH NIP (NZ) Bart Cummings
31 KAZANLUK Anthony Freedman
32 KNOYDART Peter Snowden
33 KOCHAMMA Gary Portelli
34 LAUGHING LAD Peter G Moody
35 LEADFOOT Peter G Moody
36 LUNAR RISE Bart Cummings
37 MELTING MOMENT Russell Cameron
38 MISS SOFTHANDS Colin Little
39 MONBAZILLAC Peter G Moody
40 MULAAZEM Peter G Moody
41 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
42 NORZITA (NZ) Bart Cummings
43 ONYA KEITHY Ricky Maund
44 PHILIPPI Michael Kent
45 PIERRO Gai Waterhouse
46 PRAKTICALITY Troy Portelli
47 PRISONER OF WAR David Hayes
48 PRO TOUR Rob Blacker
49 PROISIR Gai Waterhouse
50 PRONTO PRONTO Jason Warren
51 RAWNAQ David Hayes
52 REAL DELIGHT (NZ) Michael Kent
53 RED INCA Ray Besanko
54 ROYAL HAUNT Peter G Moody
55 ROYAL RADA Clinton McDonald
56 RUBENS Michael Kent
57 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller
58 SCRIPTURE Bart Cummings
59 SEA OF CHOICE David Hayes
60 SHAWANO Anthony Cummings
61 SHEER TALENT Mark Kavanagh
62 SHOALHAVEN David Hayes
63 SHOT CALLER Wendy Kelly
64 SMASHER Robert Heathcote
65 SPURTONIC Gai Waterhouse
66 SUBIASO Robbie Laing
67 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh
68 TAN TAT ROCK Peter G Moody
69 THINK TO MYSELF Michael Moroney
70 TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ) Chris Waller
71 TURNLEY Clarry Conners
72 URBAN GROOVE Gai Waterhouse
73 WALES Robert Hickmott
74 YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ) Nigel Blackiston
75 ZIMMERMAN Heath Conners
76 ZUMOOROODA Mick Price