Nick Olive has nothing to lose saddling up first-starter All Too Ready at Rosehill on Saturday.
Olive brings the All Too Hard filly to town for the Schweppes Plate (1100m) off a pleasing trial win in Canberra. She put 5 lengths on the locals in a 900m trial last Friday.
Trekking has the call at $2.60 and All Too Ready is in the market at $5. The favourite will be hard to beat and the filly will have to go where the All Too Hard colts have come up short this season.
“I would love to be the first guy over the line with All Too Hard,” Olive said on Friday. “My filly is a real professional. Even though she didn’t beat that much in the trial, we’re happy to head up to Rosehill.”
All Too Ready was bred by Julie Ritchie & Neil Werritt and was knocked down to Olive at this year’s Inglis Easter yearling sale for $140,000. Her dam Modonna won a Warwick Farm juvenile on debut in April 2009 and then earned black-type when runner-up in the LR Golden Stakes at Doomben.
Modonna (More Than Ready) was trained by Gai Waterhouse and is out of a three-quarter sister to Fastnet Rock. Her first foal to race So You Too (So You Think) won a 3yo sprint at Morphettville last month for Leon Macdonald.
“I thought she was a nice-moving filly at the sales,” Olive recalled. “She’s big and strong and everything looked effortless.”
All Too Hard stands at Vinery and he was represented by 11 individual 2yo starters by the end of November which must be some sort of record for any stallion, let alone a rookie first-season sire.
There have been 7 placings to date and 4 of them have gone down a nose – Darhad (Randwick), Eclair Sunshine (Morphettville), Curdled (Canberra) & Reflectivity (Rosehill).
The cheques for minor-money have sent All Too Hard to the top of the premiership table ($112k) ahead of WA freshman Gingerbread Man ($69k). It’s early days, nevertheless, his youngsters are screaming out for more ground and a second prep ahead of the autumn carnivals.
“I’m the same with All Too Ready,” Olive said. “She’s going to be much better next time but she’s done everything right and is going well enough to go to the races.
“That’s got to be a good sign for the sire”
The filly races for a big group of owners and a win would be a great outcome for Olive. His first Group 1 winner was Single Gaze in this year’s Vinery Stakes and part of his learning curve was a stint with Vinery manager Peter Orton when they were both at Arrowfield Stud.