ALL Too Hard’s proposed trip to the UK this winter looks like bearing fruit according to Timeform’s internationally respected form analyst Gary Crispe.
The Timeform guru reckons the colt has the numbers to bring home the prestigious Queen Anne Stakes for Australia and deliver a fairy-tale ending to his racing career before he joins the Vinery Stud roster this spring.
“If All Too Hard runs to the figure of 128 which he produced in the Futurity then he should be a chance in a race like the Queen Anne,” Crispe commented.
“From our reading, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of strength in the mile ranks in the UK just right now.
“Obviously Frankel won (the Queen Anne) last year running 147 but Haradasun won it in 2008 and ran a figure of 125 in a year when there wasn’t too much around either in terms of milers.
“A figure of 128 would win 8 or 9 Queen Annes out of 10,” he added.
All Too Hard’s Timeform figure could easily rise depending on what the colt can deliver in his showdown with 8-times Group 1 winner More Joyous in the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick.
The Team Hawkes trained galloper has won three Group 1’s at his past starts and was second in the Cox Plate at the other.
He was the $1.20 favourite to add the Australian Guineas to his Caulfield Guineas win over Pierro but was scratched on the morning of the race due to an elevated temperature.
Despite the set-back, All Too Hard goes into tomorrow’s WFA classic in tremendous shape given an impressive trial win at Randwick last Friday morning.
“All Too Hard was in terrific order on Tuesday morning before working over 1000m in 1:11.55, his last 600m in 42.69,” says Sportsman Rosehill trackman John Moc.
“He ran his last 200m in 12.37 on the rails section of the inside grass and travelled easy with a full tank being kept for the weekend.”
Vinery Stud announced last week that All Too Hard will stand at a fee of $66,000 (inc GST) in his first season in 2013.