Prized possession … Black Caviar's half-brother All Too Hard. Photo: Mal Fairclough
NATHAN TINKLER retains some breeding rights to All Too Hard, which will race in the Vinery Stud silks in his final campaign next year.
The Caulfield Guineas winner was the jewel in the crown of a package deal worth close to $30 million, including Patinack Farm Aberdeen and stallion shares in Onemorenomore, Big Brown and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Pluck, which served his first season at Vinery this year.
"We hope that Nathan will be able to use his rights to [All Too Hard] … that is built into the deal," Vinery general manager Peter Orton said. "All Too Hard was one of two stallion prospects on everyone's radar. Pierro is the other one but we have focused on All Too Hard because he is a magnificent type and has a very strong family. We are proud to have him join our team."
Vinery holds the majority share in All Too Hard but he has been syndicated and about 10 per cent remains available to breeders.
Orton has already had a brief discussion with co-trainer John Hawkes about the three-year-old's autumn campaign, hoping to build on his Caulfield Guineas success and runner-up finish in the Cox Plate.
"We just wanted to understand what John had in mind for him," Orton said. "There was no thought of moving because the team of John, Michael and Wayne have the patience to have a horse like him right on the day, as we saw in the Caulfield Guineas."
The autumn campaign will likely start in Melbourne with his first group 1 target the Futurity Stakes against the older horses before taking on his own age in the Australian Guineas. There are also races such as the Rosehill Guineas.
Being an entire, an international campaign has to be weighed up before he is made available to Australian breeders next year.
"He will almost certainly head to stud next year given his commercial value," Orton said. "He already has tremendous value as a shuttling stallion given his family and the profile of his half-sister Black Caviar.
"However, if he was to go to Europe and win, it would substantially increase what he could stand for over there … Royal Ascot would seem the right place. He could run in either the Queen Anne Stakes [won by Frankel this year] or the Diamond Jubilee [won by Black Caviar].''