Trial Win Comes Easy For All Too Hard
Black Caviar's glamour half brother All Too Hard will have just two more career starts, one in Australia and a finale in the UK.
The boom three-year-old, one of the hottest stud prospects in world racing, will contest the G1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick next Saturday before heading to England for the G1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot in June.
Already a three-time G1 winner, All Too Hard won a barrier trial at Randwick on Friday morning to dispel lingering questions about his fitness after a setback forced him to be scratched on race morning from Flemington's Australian Guineas on March 2.
Owners Vinery Stud have listed the colt on its stallion roster for this spring and are keen to raise his international profile by racing him at Royal Ascot before he retires.
"All Too Hard will run in the All Aged Stakes and then fly the flag at Royal Ascot before taking his place at stud this spring,” said Vinery general manager Peter Orton.
All Too Hard, who beat Pierro in the Caulfield Guineas last October when owned by Nathan Tinkler, has raced twice this year in the Vinery colours for wins in the G1 C.F. Orr Stakes and G1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.
Vinery paid more than $20 million to secure All To Hard from the financially-troubled Tinkler in December.
Another to barrier trial was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Julienas as he needed to be passed by stewards for a start in the Sydney Cup on April 27 after his failure in the Chairmans Quality last week.
He won his heat over 1200m by a half length and plans remain in place for him to start in the Cup.
The trials also saw the first public appearance of the Waterhouse trained import Michelangelo, who finished
fifth in another 1200m heat.
The winner of two races in England, Michelangelo was third in the G1 English St Leger at his last start and was also third in the G3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.
Meanwhile Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody has a void to fill in his stable after three more of his top class Group winers joined the champion mare in retirement.
Now a seven-year-old mare, Mid Summer Music won 11 races in 31 career starts and nearly $1.4 million in prizemoney.
She will be offered for sale at next month’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast.
Golden Archer's 20 starts yielding eight wins and more than $650,000 in stakes money including four black type races.
He was galloped on at his most recent start when unplaced in the G1 Galaxy at Rosehill and his connections have decided that he wil join Highly Recommended on the stud market.
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