All Too Hard a Star at Vinery
DUCHESS A NEW WINNER FOR THE NEW YEAR
All Too Hard filly Daunting Duchess defied a dramatic drift in betting to win eased down at Murwillumbah on Tuesday (January 2nd).
Having her first start for Eagle Farm trainer Bryan Dais, she blew from $14 to $34 in fixed-odds markets but was always travelling like a winner in the Kingscliff Beach Club Maiden (1200m).
Settled behind the speed by visiting Victorian apprentice Boris Thornton, the debutante took advantage of a rails run on the corner and pinched a break in the straight to win by a length.
“She’s a really nice filly and flew the gates in her trials at Doomben and Deagon,” Dais said. “We’ve given her time and the only worry was whether she would be ready to win first-up over 1200m.”
Daunting Duchess was a $65,000 buy from Baramul Stud at the 2016 Gold Coast Magic Millions. Her dam Go Kate Go (More Than Ready) had also won on debut at Gosford for Gerry Harvey in October 2011.
Go Kate Go is a half-sister to Randwick stakes winner Kakakakatie (Zeditave) whose foals include recent All Too Hard winner Darhad.
Baramul has catalogued a Sebring – Kakakakatie colt as Lot 2 for the Gold Coast Magic Millions next Wednesday morning and the mare foaled an All Too Hard filly in October.
All Too Hard stands at Vinery Stud and the first of his 33 yearlings at the Gold Coast Magic Millions is Baramul Stud’s filly from Gai Waterhouse Classic-LR winner Kryptelon (Lot 8).
Thornton, who is on loan to Brian Smith at Eagle Farm, was impressed with Daunting Duchess. “She’s well-educated and I was able to give her the run of the race. She has a lovely attitude and feels like a professional filly.”
ANOTHER GR.2 WINNER FOR ALL TOO HARD
Kiwi colt Demonetization has opened his black-type account for Vinery sire All Too Hard in the Auckland Guineas Gr.2 (1600m) at Ellerslie.
It was a perfect start to the New Year for the promising stayer who is now an $8 second favourite for the NZ Derby Gr.1 in March.
Demonetization had won his first two starts at Pukekohe & Tauranga before an unlucky loss in the Trevor Eagle Memorial LR on December 2. “He wasn’t suited when that race developed into a sit and sprint,” trainer Nigel Tiley said. “I decided to change tactics today and told Jason (Waddell) to go forward.”
The Auckland Guineas was run in driving rain and the All Too Hard colt adapted to the Heavy 7 conditions that prevailed at Ellerslie. He scouted wide on the corner to head front-runner Endownment and then kept up a strong gallop in the straight to win by more than a length.
“The wet track wasn’t ideal but he’s pretty adaptable,” Tiley added. “I’m looking forward to the autumn because the further they go, the better he will be.”
Demonetization’s next start hasn’t been decided, however, Tiley is leaning towards the Levin Classic-Gr.1 (1600m) at Trentham on January 13. He has already locked in the Avondale Guineas Gr.2 (2100m) on February 17 as a final dress-rehearsal for the NZ Derby G1 (2400m) on March 3.
Bred by Perth couple Bob and Sandra Peters, Demonetization is a half-brother to Perth Cup Gr.2 placegetter Neverland (Big Brown). He was purchased by Auckland-based owner Narendra Balia for $220,000 at the 2016 Karaka 2YO Sale.
All Too Hard, who was leading First Season Sire by winners last year, has 33 yearlings entered for the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale and he’s also gearing up for the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday on January 13. The Vinery sire has All Too Huiying (MM Trophy) and Sasso Corbaro (MM Guineas) among his front-line candidates and Curdled adds a strong second-string in the Guineas.
Trainer Peter Robl will be hoping for better luck with Curdled in a fortnight. He was badly checked a furlong into the Vo Rogue Plate Gr.3 on Saturday and stewards also reported he was held up for a run in the straight at Doomben.
CLASSIC GOALS FOR SASSO CORBARO
All Too Hard filly Sasso Corbaro emerged as a key candidate for the Magic Millions Guineas RL (1400m) after completing a winning hat-trick at Randwick on Saturday.
She made short work of the $100,000 TAB Hcp (1300m) and the three-length victory saw her price tumble into $8 for the $2 million event at the Gold Coast on January 13.
Sasso Corbaro races for China Horse Club after making $290,000 from Mill Park at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sale. She is from Morphettville stakes-performer Furline (Tale Of The Cat) and is also closely related to Mill Park’s Epsom Hcp Gr.1 winner Captain Sonador.
A maiden winner at Newcastle in July, she returned from a spell with a couple of mediocre trials that worried trainer Kris Lees. “She wasn’t hitting the line so I took off all the extra gear and it did the trick,” he said. “She showed a good turn of foot to win first-up at Hawkesbury and hopefully this result gets her to the Gold Coast.
“She went to another level today and in better company. She had to make a bit of an effort to get inside of horses, then relax and go again.”
Sasso Corbaro has banked $135,930 and that should be enough to the make the final field for the Magic Millions Guineas. She is named after a UNESCO World Heritage listed castle in Switzerland.
All Too Hard colt All Too Huiying is already in Queensland for the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy (2200m). He won the Connoisseur Stakes LR (1800m) at Flemington last month and lost no friends when beaten a half-length in the Aquis Farm Ladies Day Hcp (1800m) at the Gold Coast last week.
A half-brother to Group 1 star Good Journey, he’s another Mill Park graduate and was a $150,000 buy for owner Amy Feng at the 2016 Adelaide Magic Millions.
There have been numerous updates to All Too Hard’s draft for the Gold Coast Magic Millions starting on January 10. Among the yearlings from Vinery Stud is the chestnut colt from Vo Rogue Stakes-LR winner Dirty (Hussonet). Catalogued as Lot 666, he is a half-brother to Cabeza de Vaca who was runner-up in the Villiers Stakes Gr.2 at Randwick a fortnight ago.