All Too Hard Draws 4 – 2013 Futurity Stakes Final Field and Barriers

Superstar colt All Too Hard has drawn barrier four in a 10-horse field for Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 2013 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

All Too Hard heads the Futurity Stakes Field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The half-brother to Black Caviar will be running second-up after proving his spring form was no fluke with a strong win in the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield earlier this month.

All Too Hard is set to start as favourite for his attempt to score a third Group 1 victory but faces some quality rivals including Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon.

The Lloyd Williams-owned galloper will be ridden by his Melbourne Cup jockey Brett Prebble from the inside barrier.

Green Moon is one of two of Williams’ charges to contest the Futurity Stakes, with Mourayan also set to kick off his autumn campaign.

Mourayan is coming off a spring campaign where he won the Group 3 Craven Plate and finished seventh in the Melbourne Cup.

New Zealand veteran King Mufhasa will defend his Futurity Stakes title from barrier seven.

The eight-year-old is a crowd favourite in New Zealand and has taken out two Australian Group 1 races but will have to improve from a fifth-place finish to All Too Hard in the CF Orr Stakes.

A number of stayers who will be targeting further distances later in their campaigns will resume in the Futurity including All Too Hard’s stablemates Maluckyday and Niwot.

Both failed to make an impact in the spring but have shown their talent in the past with Maluckyday second in the 2010 Melbourne Cup and Niwot winning last year’s Sydney Cup.

Rounding out the Futurity Stakes field are Group 1 winner Glass Harmonium, Brisbane Cup winner Lights Of Heaven, Pat Hyland’s lightly-raced gelding Shanghai Warrior and last-start third Koonoomoo.

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Futurity Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 0x1x52171x GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 1 59kg 116
2 14×4154215 KING MUFHASA (NZ) Bruce Wallace Michael Rodd 7 59kg 116
3 3x9x42174x MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Kerrin McEvoy 6 59kg 108
4 0x47x4902x GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney Steven Arnold 9 59kg 110
5 7x8x80250x MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes TBA 5 59kg 106
6 441x00800x NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes TBA 2 59kg 107
7 16x31100x4 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland Glen Boss 10 59kg 98
8 211x09330x LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8 57kg 111
9 13x7221x53 KOONOOMOO Rod Grantley Stephen Baster 3 57kg 95
10 12x35412x1 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 55.5kg 114