All Too Hard looks a snip at $20m-plus after super display
Dwayne Dunn on All To Hard. Photo: Vince Caligiuri
NEIL WERRETT is surely the man with the Midas touch. Not only is he the managing part-owner of wonder mare Black Caviar but he is also part of the ownership group that bought her exciting half-brother, All Too Hard, from Patinack Farm in a $20 million-plus deal as Nathan Tinkler's financial situation forced him to divest himself of key assets.
That is looking increasingly like a cheap price for a colt whose stud future is limitless. He only enhanced his prospects as a stallion with another commanding performance in beating the older horses in the group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.
The $1.90 favourite gave man of the moment Dwayne Dunn his third winner of the day when he accelerated past proven performers Glass Harmonium ($18) and King Mufhasa ($5.50) to win by 3¼ lengths going away. Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon put up a strong show, running fourth and beaten barely half a length by the runner-up.
Surely the Australian Guineas, a 1600-metre group 1 contest at Flemington next Saturday against his own age group, is at the son of Casino Prince's mercy.
While All Too Hard has a long way to go to match Black Caviar's exploits he is carving out a name for himself in a hurry.
His success on Saturday follows his victory a fortnight earlier against the older horses in the Orr Stakes, and means that he is the only horse apart from a superstar of the 1970s and '80s, Manikato, to have won the Caulfield Guineas, Orr and the Futurity.
The sky is the limit with All Too Hard, which could seek to emulate his extraordinary older sister by travelling to Royal Ascot in the northern hemisphere summer. While she took out the group 1 Diamond Jubilee over 1200 metres, he would be more likely to target the opening race of the meeting, the group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, won in such sensational fashion by the amazing Frankel last year.
Still, that is all in the future.
Werrett cannot go wrong at the moment. Black Caviar aside, he is also among owners of Foreteller, who took out the group 2 Peter Young Stakes 40 minutes earlier.
''All Too Hard was a big risk when we bought him but he was a developing horse and what we knew with Black Caviar was that she developed and developed,'' he said.
''Today and the Orr Stakes showed us that as a three-year-old and four-year-old this horse is going to be quite dominant. He had the best breeding of probably any horse in Australia so from our point of view it probably wasn't a big gamble [to buy him] but it was a lot of money.''
Wayne Hawkes, who runs the Melbourne arm of the Team Hawkes combination that trains the colt, said: ''He is very focused and he was much more focused today. He'll be 99 per cent sure of running in the Australian Guineas but we've got to see how he licks the bin and how he is in the next 48 hours.''
Dunn was delighted the colt, which has had a tendency to be slowly away, jumped well.
''That's the best he has left the machines,'' he said. ''I wanted to open him up a bit because he's got to come back next week if that's the plan, and he has got a big mission in front of him.
''I've been waiting 20 years to find something like this, and it's finally coming to fruition.''