All Too Hard Draws 14 – 2013 Australian Guineas Field

February 27, 2013

All Too Hard Draws 14 – 2013 Australian Guineas Field

All Too Hard will have to overcome a wide barrier 14 draw if he is to make the 2013 Australian Guineas (1600m) his third consecutive Group 1 victory at Flemington on Saturday.

All Too Hard has drawn barrier 14 for the Australian Guineas. Photo: Bruno Cannatelli

The superstar colt has been a standout performer throughout the early autumn with wins against the older horses in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes and the Group 1 Futurity Stakes.

The Futurity win on Saturday was particularly impressive as he annihilated his rivals to the tune of 3 1/2 lengths.

The half-brother to Black Caviar has established himself as the country’s most valuable stallion prospect and will start an odds-on favourite when returning to his own age group this weekend.

While there are some quality gallopers in the field, no other runner has tasted success at Group 1 level.

The closest is Darley colt Albrecht who was a narrow second to stablemate Epaulette in the Golden Rose in September.

But the son of Redoute’s Choice has failed to rediscover that form so far this campaign, finishing sixth and seventh in two starts so far.

Coming off a strong win at stakes level is Mark Kavanagh’s colt Sheer Talent who won the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes at Flemington on February 16.

Facing a step up in class but in strong form is Jim Conlan-trained colt Ferlax who is unbeaten from three starts at country Victorian tracks.

Also stepping up is Mick Price-trained colt Ajeeb who was last seen winning at Sandown-Lakeside on February 20.

Greg Eurell has again accepted with in-form colts Force Command and Hosting in the same race.

The pair have finished second and third respectively in both the Listed Manfred Stakes and the Group 3 CS Hayes at their past two starts.

Others running in the Australian Guineas include Victoria Derby fourth Hvasstan and Michael Kent-trained pair Philippi and High Shot.

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Australian Guineas 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2x35412x11 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 14 56.5kg 116
2 13122×67 ALBRECHT Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5 56.5kg 95
3 4211214×8 HVASSTAN Peter Gelagotis Craig Newitt 11 56.5kg 86
4 111×4 PHILIPPI Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 6 56.5kg 84
5 71x5x41 SHEER TALENT Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 17 56.5kg 86
6 6x12x41 GRAND EMPEROR Dean Howard TBA 4 56.5kg 78
7 454×124215 RED INCA Ray Besanko Peter Mertens 12 56.5kg 72
8 12949×7413 SUBIASO Robbie Laing Noel Callow 3 56.5kg 70
9 4x06x22 FORCE COMMAND Greg Eurell Brent Evans 15 56.5kg 72
10 38×115 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 2 56.5kg 67
11 1×33 HOSTING Greg Eurell Chris Symons 16 56.5kg 71
12 411 AJEEB (NZ) Mick Price Glen Boss 9 56.5kg 68
13 1×11 FERLAX (NZ) Jim Conlan Stephen Baster 8 56.5kg 70
14 2147×6 HIGH ESTEEM Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 7 56.5kg 62
15 1×6 HIGH SHOT (NZ) Michael Kent Craig Williams 1 56.5kg 64
16 122 YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ) Nigel Blackiston TBA 10 54.5kg 72
17e 0148 PRAKTICALITY Troy Portelli Dean Yendall 13 56.5kg 62

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