Hard win for All Too Royal

All Too Royal notched the 100th win for Vinery sire All Too Hard this season despite having to do it the hard way at Rosehill on Saturday.

He took a furlong to edge ahead of All Over Bosanova and then had to lift again to repel the late charge of Maximus.  The Benchmark 88 victory followed wins at Canterbury (BM72) & Rosehill (BM78) prompting stable rep Annabel Neasham to predict even better things to come this season.

“He’s thrown three together now but we weren’t sure how he would handle the ground,” she said.  “He won on soft going at Echuca last year but not at this level.  We told Robbie (Dolan) to keep him comfortable and he’s gaining confidence at every start.”

All Too Hard started the day on 97 wins and crept up to a century with Borazon (Gold Coast) and Kosciusko (Newcastle) before All Too Royal prevailed in Race 9 at Rosehill.

Trainer Ciaran Maher bought All Too Royal and Sandown Guineas Gr.2 winner Villermont (All Too Hard) for Vinery at the 2016 Inglis Easter.

All Too Royal is a son of Vinery mare Bel Mer (Bel Esprit) who was a Group 1 winner of the 2009 Robert Sangster Stakes.  “He’s a nice prospect and it’s great for Vinery who are great supporters of the stable,” Neasham added.  “He’s an extremely well-bred horse and will only keep improving.

“Ciaran and David (Eustice) won three at Caulfield today so I didn’t want to come away without a win at Rosehill.”

All Too Hard is firing on all fronts this season.  He’s an Australian Top 10 stallion for winners (71) and wins (100) and is Top 5 on the 3YO table behind Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Zoustar and Smart Missile.

His current 2yo team is headed by unbeaten Queenslander youngster Alligator Blood and his Victorian juveniles include Flemington winner Better Harden Up and Lindsay Park’s promising filly Fling.

All Too Hard has 21 yearlings entered for the Inglis Classic Sale from February 9 to 14.

“Trainers love the attitude of the All Too Hards and he’s certainly punching out winners at a good rate,” Vinery’s Bloodstock Manager Adam White said.  “The numbers are coming through and they are his stars of the future.”

Hoofnote:  All Too Hard ticked over to 101 wins on Saturday evening when Countess De Galvez spreadeagled a Toowoomba maiden field by 8 lengths first-up for trainer Ben Currie.  She’s from a half-sister to More Than Ready’s Group 1 performer Huegill.