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CAULFIELD GUINEAS (Gr.1)
Caulfield Racecourse, Turf, 1600m
13 October 2012
With all eyes on Australia’s undefeated 2-year-old Triple Crown champion Pierro, Patinack Farm’sAll Too Hard was allowed to fly under the radar in this signature 3-year-old event. Pierro proved just how hard it is to stay perfect, and it was Black Caviar’s little brother who would swoop in and steal the spotlight.
After topping last year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale with a bid of A$1.025 million from Patinack Farm owner Nathan Tinkler, All Too Hard appeared to be the second coming of his champion elder sister when winning his first three starts, including a pair of Group 2s. All Too Hard suffered his first loss to Pierro when stepping up to Group 1 company in the G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick April 14, and had disappointed in three starts this season, including a fourth against elders last out in the G1 George Main Stakes September 22 at Randwick.
Co-trained by Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes, All Too Hard was fitted with a barrier blanket, which has also been used with Black Caviar, for the first time there. Settling in last early, All Too Hard improved his position rounding the turn, made a six-wide bid, and used the length of the stretch to wear down Pierro to win going away.
“He’s a serious horse this one. He always has been,” said Wayne Hawkes. “He’s probably the best colt I’ve touched. This bloke’s like Pierro’s dad, Lonhro; he is in that class.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News