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All future racing plans including an international campaign to Royal Ascot have been called off for Black Caviar’s champion half-brother All Too Hard who, like his famous older sibling, has officially been retired.
Last month the iconic Black Caviar ran her last race bowing out as the world’s highest ranked horse.
Now the same can be said for Casino Prince colt All Too Hard, the three-year-old sharing the dam Helsinge with the ‘Black Flash’, who will be sent to Vinery Stud to serve as a very valuable stallion after retiring as the second best ranked horse in the world behind Black Caviar.
A winner of seven of their 12 starts All Too Hard amassed a tidy $2,288,200 in prize money.
But the real money for connections will come now with their first season service fee set at a whopping $66,000.
Originally Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm operation paid a hefty $1.025 million for the impeccably bred galloper at the 2011 Australian Easter Yearling Sales but current owners bought the horse as part of a $25 million deal that included property and other horses late last year.
All Too Hard debuted at Flemington in February last year and won their opening three career starts before suffering their first loss when second to Gai Waterhouse’s fellow super colt Pierro in the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1200m) – Pierro also recently retired to serve at stud for $77,000 a pop.
After breaking their Group 1 maiden status in the Caulfield Guineas over the mile last October, All Too Hard proved themselves against the best in the business when second to Kiwi colt Ocean Park in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship – the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
Their swansong preparation this autumn consisted of three runs for a flawless record, All Too Hard winning the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double at Caulfield in February before bringing that form to Sydney to win the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Sydney Cup Day.
There was plenty of talk surrounding a possible trip to England for the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (2000m) on June 18, with All Too Hard also a surprise nominee for the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane this month.
However fans will not get another chance anywhere in the world to see All Too Hard race again with the difficult decision to retire the sound champ made on Sunday.
“It was a difficult decision for us to retire a colt with so much more to offer as a racehorse,” Vinery’s general manager Peter Orton said.
“All Too Hard has done all we could have asked for and more.
“He possesses an outstanding pedigree being out of Helsinge and a half-brother to world champion sprinter Black Caviar but offers the blood of champion sires such as Danehill, Snippets, Last Tycoon, Flying Spur and Vain.
“He’s the best three-year-old in the country, and the best of a very good lot. His ratings are up there with the best.
“There were two options – retire him or race another year. But this horse is a pretty important part of going forward for us as a stallion prospect, and there’s so much more as a stallion.”
Also sad to see the horse leave the turf was Hall of Fame co-trainer John Hawkes who prepared the superstar with sons Michael and Wayne.
“We are obviously very disappointed to see All Too Hard retire, but we understand the owners’ decision to do so,” he said.
“You don’t see too many colts as good as this horse come along.
“He is a super horse, he has shown just what he is capable of doing and would have potentially gone on to win many more top class races and in doing so establishing himself as one of the greats.
“We are proud to have been part of the colt’s career on the track… and we look forward to training his stock in the future.”
The Hawkes will get a chance to repeat a similar Black Caviar-related fairytale next year when they train another relation to Black Caviar, a Redoute’s Choice which sold for a record $5 million to BC3 Thoroughbreds at this year’s Sydney Easter Yearling Sale.
With All Too Hard formally retired and out of the 2013 Doomben Cup, betting on the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival classic is dominated by last Saturday’s AD Hollindale Stakes quinella of Lights Of Heaven ($3.20) and Foreteller ($3.70).
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