All Too Hard didn’t break stride with another feature winner at the start of the new racing season on Thursday.
He sired Love Shack Baby to win the $150,000 Coffs Harbour Cup (1600m) just hours after clocking up a record-breaking season in 2018-19.
Love Shack Baby was a $45,000 buy for trainer David Pfieffer at the 2016 Magic Millions National Sale and the Coffs cash increased his bank-balance to $268,245 for a partnership that includes the Fractured Fairytales Syndicate.
Give a peach of ride by Glenn Boss, he sat outside the speed before producing a sustained sprint to beat the favourite Looks Like Elvis (All American) by a long neck. “He never runs a bad race and is an asset for the stable,” Pfieffer said. “We targeted this race a couple of months ago and it’s all worked out good.
“It has been a long time since he has carried 54kg which also worked in his favour. This is my first Coffs Harbour Cup and boosting the prizemoney for all these country meetings is obviously great for the local clubs.”
Love Shack Baby (5g All Too Hard – Shack by Canny Lad) was bred by Baramul Stud and is a half-brother to four winners including Melbourne stakes-performed mare Metonymy. Their dam has a 2yo gelding and a yearling colt by Casino Prince.
Boss said he was travelling like a winner a long way out. “They went slow so I went forward and settled in the right spot. All credit to David. He turned the horse out well and he even looked the winner in the enclosure.”
Thursday’s provincial meeting at Hawkesbury also produced a very impressive maiden winner by All Too Hard when Steely scored on debut in the Priestleys Plate (1300m). The Gerald Ryan-trained 3yo was strong to the line under Kerrin McEvoy to prevail by three-quarters of a length.
Steely was an $80,000 Inglis Easter yearling purchase and changed hands again for $115,000 at last year’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale. His NZ-bred dam Quintessential (Fast ‘N’Famous) won a G1 Queensland Oaks and she has a new-season 2yo colt by All Too Hard with Lindsay Park.
All Too Hard stands for $27,500 at Vinery and he is coming off a sensational form-line from 2018-19:
> Broke the record for wins by a 3rd Season Sire (187)
> Equal Leading 3rd Season Sire by winners (107)
> Best 2yo winners – runners strike-rate for NSW sires in the Australian Top 50
> 12 x 2yo winners inc. South African Gr.2 winner FROSTED GOLD
> Top 10 3yo sire by winners (again)