Trainer David Payne confirmed All Too Soon will step up to stakes company after completing a hat-trick at Rosehill on Wednesday.
The All Too Hard filly claimed a Randwick maiden (1800m) in November and returned this month for wins in a Kembla Class 1 (1400m) and Rosehill Benchmark 71 (1800m). “It was a good effort to beat the boys with 59kg,” Payne claimed. “She needed time to mature and we’re reaping the benefits of that patience.
“She’s a lovely filly – just like her mother. She did well to jump from 1400m to 1800m and is on-track for longer races.”
Payne mentioned the Kembla Grange Classic Gr.3 and Adrian Knox Stakes Gr.3 as likely options leading up to an autumn grand-final in the $1 million Australian Oaks Gr.1 at Randwick on April 14.
“She’s a big, gross filly and I’m excited to be on board,” Tye Angland added. “She overcame a leader bias when nothing else was coming from behind at Kembla last time and all credit to her for winning today.
“She tracked into the race but probably got to the front a bit too soon. She’s still a bit new and probably should have won by more than a half-length.”
All Too Hard sired her from Gallant Tess (Galileo) who won up to Group 2 level in the 2008 Chelmsford Stakes for Payne and owner-breeder John Cordina. Her first foal Rock Hero won the Dulcify Quality LR at Randwick before retiring to stand at Lauriston Park in Victoria.
Not long after, All Too Hard filly Waimea Bay won her second race in a row after being heavily backed into a $2.80 favourite. The frasdt improving, Kris Lees-trained filly bridged the gap between a Taree Benchmark 58 to beat older mares in a Benchmark 73 over 1400m.
Another progressive 3yo by Vinery’s leading second-season sire, she could also head to a feature race at the Randwick autumn carnival. Lees said he will consider setting her for the $400,000 Provincial Championship Final at Randwick on April 8.
“Kris was positive about her prospects in town,” winning jockey Brenton Avdulla revealed. “She sat off the speed but got stuck in when I asked for an effort in the straight.”
Waimea Bay is raced by John & Cath Murray of Emmaroo Bloodstock in partnership with bloodstock agent James Bester. Bred and sold by Kia-Ora Stud for $200,000 at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, she is the first named foal of Hollywood Park stakes winner Waveline (Stravinsky).
The winning double on the last day of the month extended All Too Hard’s tally to 11 winners of 13 races in Australia during February. His best score to date was 12 individual winners in September.
Top-class colt Villermont filled out that dozen in a Benalla maiden on September 29 and he can launch another successful month for All Too Hard in March in the Australian Guineas Gr.1 at Flemington this Saturday.