All Too Hard Set For Royal Ascot Festival
All Too Hard, the half-brother to retired equine superstar Black Caviar, is expected to head to England for the Royal Ascot Festival after an impressive victory in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
All Too Hard is being set for the Queen Anne Stakes but he has also been entered for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes – the race won by his famous half-sister last year.
However, trainer John Hawkes refused to guarantee the star three-year-old would be on the plane to England.
“We will sort out in the next few days if All Too Hard is kept in training for Royal Ascot or is retired,” Hawkes said.
“We will do what is in the best interests of the horse.
“If it has to finish after Saturday, then it has been a great ride and the perfect way for the horse to go out.
“If the decision is made to go to England that will be fantastic too.”
Hawkes admitted that he was disappointed that All Too Hard was being retired and believes his best was still ahead of him.
“I know All Too Hard would have gone up another notch again, particularly when he gets to 16000m and 2000m,” the veteran trainer said.
“But people pay a lot of money to buy stallion prospects like Pierro and All Too Hard and naturally they are trying to recoup their outlay.”
All Too Hard has been the star performer of the Australian autumn racing carnival.
The son of Casino Prince resumed with a comfortable victory in the C.F. Orr Stakes and blew away a strong field in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes a fortnight later.
The superstar colt suffered a setback when he was scratched from the Australian Guineas with an elevated temperature but returned to the races with his brilliant victory in the All Aged Stakes on Saturday.
All Too Hard has now won four Group 1 races and made £1,452,611 in prizemoney.
The other Australian horse set to make the trip to the United Kingdom for the 2013 Royal Ascot Festival is Newmarket Handicap winner Shamexpress who has been nominated for the King Stand Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
“He’ll run in the King’s Stand and then if he’s over there and in good form he might stay right through, run in the July Cup and maybe a couple of other races later,” trainer Danny O’Brien said.
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