All Too Hard’s relentless drive for winners reached another plateau on Wednesday when Fuchu notched his sire’s 20th win in December.
That score is better than a win a day for the Vinery stallion and they’re saluting at just the right time ahead of the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Fuchu was winning for the second time in three starts since being taken over by trainer Kim Waugh. He overcame a significant check on the corner to lead home an All Too Hard trifecta in the Wyong Equine Clinic Hcp (1350m).
“That was a great win…he was in a lot bother but really sprinted home,” a relieved Waugh said as Irish-born apprentice Robbie Dolan brought the winner back to scale. “He got a bump at the start so we were last instead of about fourth or fifth. I knew Robbie would have to get on his bike and he tracked up before getting that solid bump on the home turn.”
Fuchu is a homebred for Phillipa Cooper from Fuji Fairy (Fuji Kiseki) and is a half-brother to Group 1 winning filly Yosei. Unraced at two, his initial campaign was limited to a Newcastle maiden win on raw ability this time last year.
Waugh brought him back for another second-up victory over 1400m at Newcastle on December 2. “There’s not much of him but it’s all heart and he fought right to line today,” she said. “The tight track didn’t help, either. He’s city-class and we will look for a long straight in town next start.”
Runner-up Cuba was a Kitchin Hills graduate at the 2016 Gold Coast Magic Millions and Resonare filled out the All Too Hard trifecta a length away. He was bred at Vinery and also changed hands at the same sale.
Kitchin Hills has an All Too Hard colt with some brilliant black-type close-up on his page (Lot 182). His dam Stolen Beauty can throw good types like Benny’s Buttons (Vo Rogue Plate Gr.3) and Real Surreal (Magic Millions 2YO Classic RL). Her latest winner is All Too Hard flyer Boom Chicka Boom. He blitzed a Gold Coast sprint last Saturday and the former Victorian can keep winning scampers in the Sunshine State.
“Her yearling by All Too Hard is still growing into a big frame,” Kitchwin Hills Noms Manager James Hetherington said. “He’s an athletic colt with plenty of scope and will be coming to hand nicely in time for inspections at the Magic Millions.”
The Gilgai Farm team know a bit about All Too Hard – they bred and sold him for $1 million as a yearling and he went on win 4 times at Group 1 level before retiring to Vinery.
Gilgai owner Rick Jamieson has two of his yearlings heading to the Magic Millions. The colt from Sencircles (Lot 108) is a “precocious” youngster according to Gilgai manager Kelly Skillecorn while the colt from Vinery Stud Stakes Gr.1 winner Mirjulisa Lass (Lot 803) is more of a “classic” type.
Vinery’s All Too Hard draft is all class starting with the colt from VRC Lightning Stakes winner Gr.1 Snitzerland (Lot 146). And there’s no tail among the other three parading from Stable H at the Gold Coast.
“The Snitzerland is a lovely colt,” Vinery’s Bloodstock Manager Adam White said. “The mare tends to throw big, strong foals and he certainly looks the part.”
Lot 398 is an All Too Hard half-brother to Howard Be Thy Name (South Australian Derby Gr.1), Lot 516 is a daughter of Devil Moon (Turnbull Stakes Gr.1) and Lot 579 is a half-sister to Very Tempting (WA Oaks Gr.3) and a full-sister to Outrageous (3rd Sydney Sires’ Produce Gr.1).
Vinery’s Magic Millions consignment will be available for inspection as from Friday, January 4.