Test The Law might be a couple of notches below the best horses in Adelaide but trainer Matt Seyers knows his kind are the pillars of any stable.
The All Too Hard 4yo gelding was a dominant winner of the Bung Fritz Cup (2112m) at Gawler on Saturday to improve his record to 5 wins and 10 placings in 22 starts. “He’s a lovely horse and has been very consistent this preparation,” Seyers said. “I told Jacob (Opperman) to ride your own race because he has a lovely temperament and a professional attitude.
“Stepping up in distance has also helped and he’s getting better with age.”
Test The Law was a $45,000 buy for Seyers and a large syndicate that can’t believe their luck with a bank closing in on $300,000. “We bought him from Baramul at the Adelaide Magic Millions and the owners are all here. It’s easy training for them and it’s a hot day so I’m sure we will be having a beverage.”
Seyers had given him a taste of black-type as a 2yo when fourth in the 2022 Oaklands Plate (LR, 1400m) and again as a 3yo when fifth in the 2023 Nitschke Stakes (LR, 1400m).
“He’s going extra well and relished the top of the ground today,” Opperman told Sky Channel. “He gave a good kick around the corner and they weren’t nearly good enough to run him down. He travels beautifully depending on the tempo and he’s one of my favourite rides.”
Test The Law is the first foal of Constitutional (Medaglia d’Oro) and her second is the Annabel Neasham-trained 3yo filly Reasonable Doubt (Not A Single Doubt). Baramul Stud owner Gerry Harvey sent the mare to his NZ base at Westbury Stud where she has a 2yo filly by Capitalist and a yearling filly by Reliable Man (GB).
His second-dam Make Me Strong (Danehill) was trained by Bart Cummings to win a Kembla Grange 3yo spring maiden and later that season finished fourth in the 2003 Moonee Valley Oaks (Gr.2, 2040m) won by Ribe (Danehill). Her three-quarter brother Atomic Force (Danehill Dancer) was a trans-Tasman Group 1 winner of the ATC Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick and ARC Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie for trainer Darren Smith.
All Too Hard’s Group 1 multi-millionaires Wellington and Alligator Blood are ready to resume racing for eagerly-anticipated autumn preps. Wellington will race first-up in the HKJC Centenary Sprint Cup (Gr.1, 1200m) at Sha Tin next Sunday, January 28.
Alligator Blood will kick off his latest campaign in the MRC Orr Stakes (Gr.1, 1400m) at Caulfield on February 10. “He will race in Melbourne and we’re hoping to get him in the All-Star Mile,” co-trainer Gai Waterhouse said. “He’s going well and has grown again, which is hard to imagine.”
A day after the Orr Stakes, All Too Hard has the first of 19 lots parading at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. His Day 1 filly from Alma’s Angel (Lot 63) is being offered by Vinery (as agent) from an unraced half-sister to the Melbourne Group winners Sistine Angel and Sistine Demon.