All Too Hard brilliant again in Futurity Stakes

Boom three-year-old All Too Hard remained unbeaten for his new owners with his dominant performance in Saturday’s Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

A consortium led by Vinery Stud bought All Too Hard (Casino Prince) from cash-strapped mining magnate along with property in an eight-figure deal late last year but the colt continued to make that deal look an inspired piece of business with his latest success.

All Too Hard claimed the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at his first run carrying Vinery’s green and white silks before turning in a wonderful performance to claim his third Group 1 win.

Dwayne Dunn made use of All Too Hard’s quick beginning to have him travelling behind a smart speed before the Caulfield Guineas winner began to make his presence felt from the 500 metres.

All Too Hard’s terrific acceleration brought him close to the front-runners early in the straight before his class took over with a furlong to run, giving Dunn an easy riding fee.

“I put a label on him early and said he was one of the best I’ve ridden and I’ve been waiting 20 years to find something like this and it’s finally coming to fruition,” Dunn said.

“He began really brilliantly today, that’s the best he has left the machines. He came back to me, relaxed nicely and sucked into the race beautifully.”

All Too Hard defeated Glass Harmonium by 3-1/4 lengths while King Mufhasa was a head away in third. All Too Hard ran the 1400 metres in 1:23.03, which was 1.83 seconds outside Exceed And Excel’s track record, on a good (3) track. The winner started at $1.90 on track but paid $1.80 on the Victorian TAB.

All Too Hard’s latest victory pushed him into a long odds-on quote to win next Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington. Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said the outstanding stud prospect would almost certainly back up in seven days’ time.

“He’ll be 99 percent sure of running but obviously we’ve got to see how he licks the bin and how he is the next 48 hours and if there is any doubt we won’t (start him in the Guineas),” Hawkes, who trains All Too Hard in partnership with his father John and brother Wayne, said.

The Futurity Stakes was All Too Hard’s sixth from 11 starts while the $300,000 winner’s cheque took his earnings past the $2 million mark, well in advance of his $1.025 purchase price at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

All Too Hard and Dwayne Dunn, picture Quentin Lang,