Brilliant colt All Too Hard (Casino Prince) provided his new owners with plenty of excitement but also a sense of relief with his success in Saturday’s Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
All Too Hard, finds it all to easy in the CF Orr Stakes, picture quentinjlang.com
Vinery Stud led the syndicate that bought All Too Hard from cash-strapped Patinack Farm owner Nathan Tinkler for a reported eight-figure amount at the end of 2012 but the son of Casino Prince (Flying Spur) made a healthy repayment towards that amount with his dynamic win.
All Too Hard had shown he had returned from a spell in fine order with his two jumpouts at Flemington but nobody could be sure how he would perform under race conditions until he stepped out in the CF Orr Stakes.
The brilliant colt put all concerns to rest with a terrific performance. On-pacers had dominated the first six races at Caulfield but jockey Dwayne Dunn’s confidence in his new best mate remained strong, allowing him to settle towards the back of the field.
Dunn sent All Too Hard forward from the 600 metres before the horse’s terrific acceleration had him in front with 100 metres to travel. All Too Hard tired slightly but still held Mawingo and Mr Moet at bay to score by a half-length, emulating his champion half-sister Black Caviar, who won the CF Orr Stakes last year.
“The pressure is on but you want to keep his record intact and make everything right,” Wayne Hawkes, who trains All Too Hard in partnership with his father John and his brother Michael, said.
“There was a lot of pressure on him too. He’s worth a lot of money and we had done our job but he has the final say. All credit where it is due.”
All Too Hard defeated Mawingo (Tertullian) by a half-length while Mr Moet (Mosayter) finished another head away in third. All Too Hard started at $2.25 on track but paid $2.10 on the Victorian TAB. The field ran the 1400 metres in 1:22.83, which included a 35.23-second last 600-metre sectional.
All Too Hard, picture quentinjlang.com
Hawkes said All Too Hard had plenty of improvement left in him for a campaign that is likely to include an overseas campaign before the entire heads to stud next season.
“He’s not screwed down yet. Where he’s going to end up, we’re not sure yet but you can’t do much more than win first-up over seven furlongs,” Hawkes said.
“He’s never done that before and it was 1100(m) last time. He’ll be having a big blow because he’s a big boy.”