Australian Sires: All Too Hard
By Kristen Manning
One of the most impressive wins at Sandown on Wednesday was that recorded by the exciting colt Superhard.
Up in class off a smart Pakenham maiden debut victory, the Robert Smerdon trained colt finished strongly and is a horse to follow being nominated for the Caulfield Guineas and the Caulfield Classic.
Superhard is one of 15 winners from the debut crop of Vinery Stud’s All Too Hard, the four times Group One winner best known as being a half-brother to the mighty Black Caviar.
A half-brother to the Gr.2 winner Twilight Royale, Superhard is out of the Royal Academy mare Royal Season who hails from an influential international family – one to which Superhard is line-bred.
Superhard’s grandsire Casino Prince is out of a mare by Last Tycoon whose sire Try My Best has as his third dam Stolen Hour… also Royal Season’s fourth dam. Meanwhile Royal Season carries strains of the 3/4 brothers Nijinsky II and The Minstrel who are descendants of Stolen Hour’s third dam Torpenhow.
Also the sire of Listed winner Curdled and the stakes placed gallopers All Too Huiying and Mystic Empire, All Too Hard had another winner at the Seymour meeting on Thursday, Superhard’s well related stablemate All Come True saluting at just her second start.
Bred by John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud, the $300,000 Magic Millions graduate bred on a 5 X 5 cross of Vain is out of the two times winning Galileo mare Dreams And Wishes whose dam is the Gr.3 Tristarc Stakes winner Procrastinate, dam of South African star Laisserfaire and local stakes winners A Time For Julia, Time Thief, Foreplay and Personify.
All Too Hard has another promising type racing this weekend in the shape of Aberro.
Showing plenty of promise during his debut campaign for the Matt Laurie stable, the good-looking chestnut was thought highly enough of to contest the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes before a break.
Resuming with a determined victory over 1300m at Sandown on August 16, Aberro steps up in grade in the Sweeney Handicap at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Amongst the favourites in the 1509m contest, Aberro is taking it one step at a time as he heads for greater riches later in the spring.
A 3/4 brother to the now retired Gr.1 South Australian Derby winner Escado (by All Too Hard’s sire Casino Prince), Aberro was bred by his owner John Ferguson out of the terrific mare Secret Cause.
Line-bred to his own ancestress Frizette (of whom the great Mr Prospector is also a descendant), Aberro is a half-brother to the Gr.2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner Se Sauver from the same branch of the Frizette family as Group One winners Comandante Dodge, Gregorian, Gold And Ivory, Anees, Heart Of Darkness, Arkadina, Heavenly Romance, Dark Lomond, Margarula and Milleverof.
Kristen Manning is a freelance racing writer and pedigree analyst based in Melbourne. A keen owner/breeder who loves every aspect of thoroughbred horse racing, she has written two books focusing on the deeds of Fields Of Omagh and Prince Of Penzance.