All Too Hard’s ground-breaking spring carnival was the perfect lead up to the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale.
The Vinery sire has 33 yearlings entered for the first sale of season, starting on January 10.
All Too Hard was a million dollar sale-topper back in 2011 and his yearlings have been highly sought after on the Gold Coast selling to $510,000 in 2016 and $600,000 in 2017.
First to parade in the New Year is Lot 8, a filly from Queensland stakes winner Kryptelon and the quality continues right through the five sessions. Other highlights include the filly out of Reisling Stakes Gr.2 winner Military Rose (Lot 84) and the colt from Flemington stakes winner Dubleanny (Lot 679).
There’s sure to be a groundswell of support for All Too Hard as his colts and fillies commence their preps for the autumn classics and given his position in the Top 2 on the 3yo Sires by Winners list.
All Too Hard’s Sandown Guineas Gr.2 winner has only been in the spelling paddock for a couple of days but Aaron Purcell is already looking forward to his autumn campaign.
“He had a fairly light spring and is thriving,” Purcell explained. “We didn’t want to overburden him this time in because we always thought he would be a better horse next year.”
Villermont will start first-up in the Autumn Stakes (Gr.2, 1400m) at Caulfield on February 10 prior to his first elite assignment in the Australian Guineas (Gr.1, 1600m) at Flemington in March.
“He’s a horse that’s probably going to be at his best around about 2000m so the Rosehill Guineas is a race that will definitely suit.”
Villermont has been a boon for Vinery Stud. He was bred by Vinery partner Tom Simon through his Southern Breeding Ventures to continue a long involvement with the colt’s family.
“The Sandown Guineas was a huge result,” Vinery’s Adam White told Aushorse this week. “All Too Hard and his dam Bollinger both took our colours to Group 1 success and we’ve had a high opinion of the colt from very early on.
“All Too Hard is really starting to make a serious impact as a stallion and we couldn’t be happier with the way things are progressing. Villermont has got the pedigree page and he sure has the looks. If he can pull off a Group 1, he will definitely be a genuine stallion prospect for us.”
Kiwi trainer Nigel Tiley believes his unbeaten All Too Hard colt Demonetization is classic material.
The Pukekohe horseman can speak with authority having ridden and trained NZ Derby Gr.1 winners Ring The Bell (1980) and Look Who’s Talking (1994).
“He’s got a great attitude and is definitely going to stay and the Derby distance,” Tiley claimed after Demonetization kept his perfect record intact at Tauranga on Saturday. “He’s a very casual horse and so laid back. He’s saves it all for race day.”
A debut winner on his home track at Pukekhoe last month, Demonetization was tardily away in the Fertco Stakes (1400m) and settled at the back of the field.
“It wasn’t such a bad thing, if he had gone forward from his wide gate he would probably have been caught three wide,” Tiley said. “Jason (Waddell) didn’t panic and he finished over the top of them to win in smart time.”
Tiley will consider taking Demonetization to Ellerslie for the Trevor Eagle Memorial (L, 1500m) on December 2 before setting him for the NZ Derby in March.
All Too Huiying
Gary Moore will bring All Too Huiying back to his Rosehill stables next week after a short let-up following his victory in the Connoisseur Stakes (L, 1800m) at Flemington.
Moore opted to send him to Limitless Lodge instead of staying in training for the Sandown Guineas. “Winning that race at Flemington was a highlight of my training career,” he declared this week. “I’m expecting great things from him in 2018.”
All Too Huiying will head to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions Trophy (2200m) on January 13. That will determine whether he’s aimed for the Australian Derby (Gr.1, 2400m) at Randwick in April.
“I don’t think the trip will be a worry because he lobs along just off the bit, very much European-style. My only concern is whether he will be seasoned enough.”
All Too Huiying is an All Too Hard half-brother to Group 1 star Good Journey and was a $150,000 buy for owner Amy Feng at the 2016 Adelaide Magic Millions when offered through the Mill Park consignment.
Leading the All Too Hard fillies is Snowden Racing’s Warranty who earned her first black-type when placed in the Listed Desirable Stakes at Flemington on Cup day.
Warranty was a dominant maiden winner at Kembla Grange and then led home an All Too Hard trifecta at Randwick (narrowly beating Groundbreak & All Too Soon) before travelling to Melbourne. “She fits the bill and can take the next step,” Peter Snowden said. “She’s a progressive filly and just keeps on improving.”
Jockey Christian Reith formed the same opinion after the win at Randwick. “Peter said to let her roll along in front and she would go through the gears. That’s exactly what happened!”
Rosehill trainer David Payne is looking towards the Australian Oaks Gr.1 with his All Too Hard filly All Too Soon after her last-start victory at Randwick.
Payne and long-term client John Cordina won the Victoria Derby Gr.1 with Ace High and are hoping his stablemate can add a Group 1 come April. “John has been loyal to the stable since I arrived from South Africa in 2002,” Payne said. “He’s a pleasure to train for and I’m so happy for his success. This filly had a few setbacks but now it’s onwards and upwards towards the Australian Oaks.”