Australian Guineas favourite All Too Hard, took another step closer to resuming, with an impressive effort in an 800 metre jump out down the Flemington straight on Friday morning.
Ridden by race jockey Dwayne Dunn, the half-brother to Black Caviar settled in the second half of the field but once asked by Dunn to quicken by the halfway point, finished off well.
He won comfortably in a time of 46.90 seconds, finishing off the last 400 metres in 22.00 seconds and Dunn kept him going strongly through the line.
Two of his co-trainers John and Wayne Hawkes were back from the New Zealand yearling sales to watch the work and John Hawkes said he was more than satisfied with the effort of All Too Hard.
''It was only a jumpout but he handled it ok and did everything he had to do today,'' John Hawkes said.
Hawkes confirmed that All Too Hard will resume at Caulfield next Saturday in either the Group 2 Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes over 1400 metres against his own age or in the Group 1 weight-for-age Sportingbet Orr Stakes against older rivals at the same distance.
''We'll see how he pulls up from the trial and take it from there and speak to the owners.''
''They are really good people and have a lot of money involved in him.''
All Too Hard was sold as a yearling to Patinack Farm's Nathan Tinkler for $1,025,000 and won the Caulfield Guineas last October for Patinack but the son of Casino Prince was sold to Vinery Stud late last year in a package that included other livestock and a stud property.
Vinery General Manager Peter Orton has been in Melbourne this week and was on hand at Flemington to see the stud's latest acquisition work and was satisfied with what he observed.
''He has had done a lot of work coming into this (preparation) and he looked to do that comfortably, Orton said.''
While the Group one Orr Stakes would be a better addition to All Too Hard's stallion CV than the Autumn Stakes, the colt is in for a lengthy campaign and while a first up win would be nice, there are bigger prizes being targeted later on.
''He has to have a hit out (first up run) at some stage and if he doesn't win it it's not a disaster.''
''If he is to run in the Orr Stakes and win it, it would certainly be a good race to win.''
Orton indicated that if All Too Hard runs up to expectations during the Melbourne Festival Of Racing and then later in Sydney, that an overseas campaign is a distinct possibility.
''It's important that he finishes it off here first and it's a big risk taking them overseas but we've had a lot of interest in standing him over there,'' Orton said.
''A group one win in the northern hemisphere would add greatly to his value and we paid plenty for him so we will be certainly be looking at it.''
You can watch a replay of All Too Hard's jumpout and hear the reaction from trainer John Hawkes in today's Melbourne Festival of Racing Round-Up.
All horses targeting the G1 Middle Distance Championship Final, the G1 Darley Australian Cup, can be viewed here as well as their possible Melbourne Festival of Racing preparation.