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All Too Hard - Was never easier

All Too Hard does not have to live in the image of his half sister Black Caviar, he can do it all on his own as was shown at Flemington in, winning the VRC Sires Produce Stakes in brilliant fashion.

The Sire’s has lost a lot of its former glamour, many of the previous winners have failed to go on, that could all change with the authoritative win of All Too Hard, who looks the real deal.

The superlatives were flowing; he has taken the next step from winning down the straight in the Listed Talindert Stakes, to the Group 2 Sires Produce, as if it was merely a walk in the park.

John Hawkes, representing his sons Wayne and Michael, is keeping his feet on the ground, but it is not hard to get carried away with a colt like this fellow.

Potentially All To Hard is the most impressive Sires Produce winner since Grosvenor, who won the race 30 years ago, he wins his races with ease, there are no ifs and buts about him.

Whether he will run in the Golden Slipper Stakes is about 50-50, there are no plans set in concrete at this stage, “We are not going to rule out anything yet, maybe the Sires or Champagne could be the better option,” said John Hawkes.

“I have won the Slipper only once and been unlucky four or five times with runners, it is a funny race, if you don’t draw the right gate you don’t win,” he added.  

“He is a super racehorse, a lovely laid back type of colt, he is doing everything on raw material, he will be a much better three year old.”


All Too Hard - Looks the goods

Dwayne Dunn, currently riding on the crest of a wave, described the win as “awesome, he settle in well in the centre of the field, travelling well all the way, when I went for him, within a few strides he was there, we had the race won a long way from home, he is a very exciting colt, with a great turn of foot when called upon,” said Dunn


Dwayne Dunn riding on the crest of a wave.


Green Moon to wait until spring

The Williams training camp are in no hurry to rush Green Moon, the imported entire was returned to the paddock 24 hours after winning the Blamey Stakes at Flemington.

Nick Williams, who shares ownership in the exciting entire with his father, Lloyd and mother Sue , said “we are going nowhere, Sydney is not on, it’s the paddock now, I am convinced we have a serious racehorse and with the spring ahead we will wait.”

The Blamey was his first up run since his second to Southern Speed in the Caulfield Cup, now that he is fully acclimatised that is a bonus, he is likely to become a strong spring contender, he can take up a handy position in a race, plus can sprint quickly when called upon.

He will be set for the early weight for age races and whilst there is not a lot of depth at present in that division, he would he would certainly make his presence felt.

Jockey, Craig Williams, was impressed with the run “ he gave me a great feel, I had to work him a bit hard to take up the position we had, from then he travelled well in running and once we entered the straight and we found the gap, he outsprinted them and really won well”


Green Moon has a touch of class


Snitzerland –To return home for the Slipper

Snitzerland, a comfortable winner of the Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes will return home to Sydney where she is yet to race, her mission, the Golden Slipper Stakes in four weeks time.

In between she will have her first start in her home state in the Reisling Slipper Stakes, which is two weeks off, a win would ensure her of a start in the Golden Slipper.

She has had quite an unusual race program, trainer, Gerald Ryan, brought her to Melbourne in the spring as there were no early two year old races for fillies available for her in Sydney.

A second, on Melbourne Cup Day, was sufficient for a return trip to Mornington for graduates of the Inglis Sales, a race she won without much effort.

Her win at Flemington on Saturday was convincing, however, the quality of those she defeated is questionable, and much will depend on her next start, if she is up Golden Slipper standard.

“She has good gate speed, she can switch off and relaxes and quickens when required, plus a good doer at home in the stable”, said Ryan

Snitzerland is by the Oakleigh Plate winner Snitzel, a prolific sire of winners and no one has had more success with the progeny than Gerald Ryan.


Snitzerland winning with ease

The filly had the services of leading Sydney horseman, Corey Brown, who has never ridden in better form, he had the situation under complete control from the outset, it was just a matter of pressing the buttons to achieve the result.


Corey Brown had an easy ride


Robbie Griffiths buys up at Premier Sale

Robbie Griffiths was the major buyer at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale last week, securing 12 lots for an outlay of $1.220 million.

He purchased the horses that he had picked out and was well satisfied with the yearlings he selected, and with the prices he had to pay.

A big percentage of the winners he has trained have been purchased, as yearlings, out of the Oaklands Junction sales complex.

He has been a regular at the sales since he became an established trainer, he goes about his business with a minimum of fuss, whilst still a young man he has had plenty of experience buying horses to suit perspective clients.

Griffiths is well aware, if you intend to play in the big league you have to buy yearlings each year, otherwise you would soon be out of business, you just have to keep turning horses over in the hope of getting the good one.

Previously he had been on the sick list for a couple of months with a severe illness, thus he has missed quite a few race meetings of late, however, with good staff all has been ticking over nicely, and while the boss can have a few days from the races it is essential he is at the helm at yearling time.015_Custom

Robbie Griffiths buys at Premier Sale


Mosheen’s Guineas Win Outstanding

Mosheen stamped herself as a high class filly in winning the Australian Guineas, her second Group 1 at Flemington, as she won the Oaks in the spring.

She was thrown in at the deep end in the Guineas after drawing the extreme outside gate in a field of 16 runners ,how she finished up one out from the fence, after 200 metres, was quite some feat.

Her rider, Danny Nikolic, then had to extricate her from a packed field on the home turn, from then on it was game over, she had too much class for her rivals running out an easy winner.


Mosheen winning the Australian Guineas

There was very little that could be said for those she defeated, it would be difficult to imagine any of the beaten brigade graduating into weight for age material.

It is hard to find any excuses for any of the horses beaten by Mosheen, she was far too dominant, she turned adversity into victory within a few strides.

The favourite, Helmet, reared at the start with the result he lost ground at the beginning, but hardly an excuse, he didn’t make up any ground at any stage of the race, the only plausible excuse, he has not come up this preparation, his trainer, Peter Snowden, was disappointed with the run and it showed on his face.

Mosheen will now press on to Sydney for the Coolmore Claaaic, her trainer, Robert Smerdon, will continue to train her here in the spring and then onto to Japan, where she is partly owned, for the northern hemisphere breeding season.


The winning team, Danny Nikolic, Phil Sly and Robert Smerdon


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