All Too Hard: Black Caviar's half-brother has been sold in a deal believed to be worth A$25 millionPICTURE: Getty Images
Vinery confirms purchase of All Too Hard
PROMINENT stud operation Vinery has confirmed the acquisition of leading Australian three-year-old colt All Too Hard, the half-brother to Black Caviar who lowered the colours of champion Pierro when successful in the Caulfield Guineas in October.
The son of Casino Prince has been sold by financially troubled mining magnate Nathan Tinkler in a deal reportedly worth A$25m (£16.3m). According to Vinery's general manager Peter Orton, he will remain in training with John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes, who have saddled the colt to win four races.
"All Too Hard is one of the most exciting stallion prospects we have seen for many years," said Orton. "This horse is the real deal! Not only is he a super racehorse, his pedigree is perfectly suited to our conditions. All Too Hard is a spectacular individual physically; he has great power, precocity and presence, all the attributes that make a great stallion.
"All Too Hard will remain in training with astute horsemen, John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes, which we are particularly pleased about. They know him so well and couldn't have looked after him better.
"The current race programme is for All Too Hard to resume racing this autumn in Melbourne with the Australian Guineas as his initial goal before returning to Sydney for the Autumn Carnival there. We will be discussing the future programming of All Too Hard with the Hawkes team next week and seeking their advice going forward."
Purchased for a sale-topping A$1.025 million by Hawkes Racing at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, All Too Hard opened his racing career by taking the Listed Talindert Stakes on his debut.
He went on to take the Group 2 VRC Sires' Produce and Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes before finishing second to Pierro in the Group 1 AJC Sires' Produce Stakes. He turned the tables on Pierro earlier this year when running his old rival down to take the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
On his most recent start, he was a neck second to Ocean Park in the Group 1 Cox Plate.
All Too Hard owns the bloodlines to support his talent as a half-brother to the outstanding sprinter Black Caviar, who was recently named the Cartier Champion Sprinter. They are out of Helsinge, an unraced Desert Sun half-sister to another top-class sprinter in Magnus.
Vinery's Australian division is home to ten stallions this season including leading sire More Than Ready, who shuttles from the operation's Kentucky base.