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Good Results For Vinery Sires

The predictions that All Too Hard, Australia's champion three-year-old in 2013/14, would become a major force as his progeny developed are proving to be well based.

Good Results For Vinery Sires

The predictions that All Too Hard, Australia's champion three-year-old in 2013/14, would become a major force as his progeny developed are proving to be well based.

All Too Hard’s oldest progeny are now 3YOs and he is already leading the way as Australia’s leading second season sire by earnings and winners.

Since the start of the current season All Too Hard has had seven new winners, giving him a total of 18 winners from his first crop.


In the last week he has had four winners and two impressive place-getters with Melbourne trainer Robert Smerdon playing a leading role.

The Smerdon-trained Superhard (All To Hard x Royal Season) charged home with a signature late surge to win at Sandown on September 6 and the next day his stablemate All Come True (All Too Hard x Dreams And Wishes) won at Seymour.

On September 8 All Too Hard had two runners with the Kris Lees-trained Waimea Bay (All Too Hard x Waveline) taking out a maiden at Tuncurry before Lakota (All Too Hard x Fasline) saluted at Geelong for Team Hawkes.

All Come true is out of a Galileo mare and Smerdon expects her to improve as the distances increase even though her dam is a Brisbane winning half-sister to noted sprinters Laisserfaire, Foreplay and Time Thief from a daughter of Procrastinate.

Victorian-based Noorilim Park owner Peter Carrick bought All Come True from Strawberry Hill Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions for $300,000.

All Too Hard (18 wins) and Your Song (15) are leading the second season sires list from Pierro (10) and Golden Archer (9).

* More Than Ready’s relentless strike-rate at stakes level has elevated him to legendary status in the last 12 months.

The Vinery champion has sired 13 new black-type winners in that time and, at that rate, will overtake Storm Cat and Mr Prospector on the all-time sires’ list before the end of this year.

More Than Ready begins his latest southern book at Vinery today after covering 118 mares for 111 pregnancies in Kentucky earlier this year.

Age is obviously no barrier and he paraded like a young bull that belied his years at Vinery last weekend. Broodmare owners were suitably impressed. “Has the Fertility & Virility of a 10yo” and “Seems to get better with age” were just some of the tweets shared after the open days.

More Than Ready’s affinity with Saratoga went to another level when his colt Catholic Boy won the G3 With Anticipation Stakes in race record time.

Catholic Boy is the 175th stakes winner by More Than Ready. He is trained by Jonathan Thomas for owner Robert LaPenta and his dam Song of Bernadette (Bernardini) is a half-sister to Arlington stakes winner Return To Paradise.

Catholic Boy was the third stakes winner at Saratoga for More Than Ready in August following Copper Bullet (G2 Saratoga Special) and Ginger N Rye (Listed Smart N Fancy Stakes).

More Than Ready made his name at Saratoga winning the G1 King’s Bishop Stakes in 2000.

Top 10 Sires by Stakes Winners

347 Danehill

294 Sadler’s Wells

256 Galileo

198 Danzig

178 Mr. Prospector

177 Storm Cat

175 More Than Ready

173 Southern Halo

172 Danehill Dancer

171 Sunday Silence

Veteran stallion Testa Rossa is now 21 years-old but the Australian bred grandson of Danzig grandson continues to be a very reliable sire.

In 2016-17 he had progeny running in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau, winning 126 races (seven stakes) and earned $5,220,912.

His successes during the year and in the first month of 2017-18 have taken his lifetime statistics to 690 winners of 2291 races and over $77 million.

There have been 23 Group winners among his 62 stakes winners including his G1 winners and placegetters Ortensia, Bostova, Testafiable, Fontelina, Sistine Angel, Ranger, Vormista, Speediness, Red Colossus, Pane In The Glass, Weregoingtogetyou and Gold Salute.

Testa Rossa resulted from a mating of Perugino with Bo Dapper, a daughter of Vain’s Golden Slipper winner Sir Dapper and Bodega, a prominent Without Fear 2YO.

Champion Australian Sprinter and Equal Champion 3YO in 1999-2000, Testa Rossa won 13 races including six G1 races.

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