All Too Hard has more Group 1 wins on the horizon following Alligator Blood’s ground-breaking autumn carnival in Melbourne.
The Vinery sire’s superb season is far from over with Team Hawkes about to launch Amangiri on her latest campaign following a six-length trial win at Rosehill on Monday morning. The Coolmore Legacy Stakes Gr.1 at Randwick on April 11 is a likely target and it’s also the goal of her All Too Hard stablemate Dawn Dawn.
All Too Hard has sired the winners of 13 black-type races in Australia since August 1 and that puts him third behind Snitzel (16) and Exceed And Excel (14) and just above I Am Invincible (12). Leading the charge has been Alligator Blood with a half-dozen black-type strikes culminating in the Australian Guineas Gr.1 at Flemington on February 29.
Trainer David Vandyke reported Alligator Blood had earned a well-deserved break after his winning run ended in the $5million All-Star Mile at Caulfield on Saturday. “I’m surprised and relieved how well he recovered,” Vandyke said on Monday. “He’s been up since last May and keeps astounding us. We’ve been on the ride of a lifetime and we’re looking forward to more improvement into the spring.”
Alligator Blood tasted defeat for just the second time in 12 starts in the All-Star Mile. There are more lucrative targets ahead in the $14million The Everest at Randwick on October 17 and $7.5million Golden Eagle at Rosehill on October 31.
Meanwhile, South African-based All Too Hard mare Roy’s Riviera is on a Group 1 mission towards the Durban July Hcp (2200m) at Greyville on July 4. Trainer Frank Robinson brought her back into work last week following a Group 3 victory in the Flamboyant Stakes at Greyville.
Roy’s Riviera displayed her usual fine turn of foot to mow down some good fillies and mares on Boxing Day. She had shown potential at the 2019 Kwa Zulu-Natal winter carnival winning the East Coast Hcp LR and finishing a close-up fifth in the Gold Bracelet Gr.2 after being caught three-wide the whole way.
“She beat Miyabi Gold in the East Coast Hcp and that one finished fifth in the July,” Robinson said. “She will come in with a light weight for this year’s July and I think she will be a massive chance as she stays so well.”
Roy’s Riviera is a half-sister to Strutt Stakes LR winner Sebring Sally and sold for $70,000 at the 2016 Gold Coast Magic Millions. World Wide Bloodstock bought her from Baramul Stud on behalf of leading South African owner Roy Moodley.