Just Eight in 2013 All Aged Stakes Field

The field may be small for Saturday’s Group 1 2013 All Aged Stakes (1400m) but make no mistake, it is not lacking any quality.

All Too Hard is part of a classy All Aged Stakes field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Heading the field is superstar colt All Too Hard who is racing for the first time since February when he claimed consecutive Group 1s in the Futurity Stakes and the CF Orr Stakes.

While the three-year-old has made headlines in Melbourne, All Too Hard is yet to assert his dominance in Sydney.

Saturday will be his final chance as he will then head to Royal Ascot before a career at stud beckons.

Trainer John Hawkes said his charge is in good order ahead of this weekend’s challenge.

“We’re pleased with him, it will be good to see him back on Saturday,” Hawkes said.

A star-studded line up will be out to ensure it will be no easy task for All Too Hard.

Likley to jostle for favouritism with the half-brother to Black Caviar is More Joyous who was second to Pierro first-up in the Canterbury Stakes before being blocked for a run in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained mare is one of Sydney’s best performed horses, having won eight times at Group 1 level in her 21 victories from 32 starts.

Three-year-old colt Epaulette may not have the profile of All Too Hard but he has an impressive resume.

Only missing a place once from nine starts, the Darley-owned galloper won the Golden Rose in the spring and resumed in the TJ Smith to run second to Black Caviar.

Others contesting the All Aged Stakes include Joe Pride’s front-runner Rain Affair, Melbourne Cup runner-up Fiorente and Chris Waller-trained veteran Rangirangdoo.

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All Aged Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2604x4202x RANGIRANGDOO (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8 59kg 115
2 2x6261x42x FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 5 59kg 111
3 6122x48x44 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride Craig Williams 4 59kg 110
4 30911378×5 ROLLING PIN (NZ) Gwenda Markwell Christian Reith 3 59kg 106
5 0x85049x42 SMOKIN’ JOEY Mick Price Brenton Avdulla 2 59kg 102
6 11x1140x25 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 1 57kg 124
7 x35412x11x ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 7 56.5kg 114
8 120x3113x2 EPAULETTE Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6 56.5kg 109