All Too Hard sired his 100th individual winner in Australia this season when Canberra-trained 3yo Wichita Warrior broke his maiden on Thursday.
Purchased by Laurel Oak Bloodstock manager Louis Mihalyka for $110,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, he looked a bargain buy winning second-up in the Red Rose Cafe Hcp (1300m) at Moruya.
Wichita Warrior settled last but one from an outside gate before Brodie Loy sighted a short-cut on the home turn. The Keith Dryden-trainee showed a nice turn of foot to mow down the leaders and score by a half-length from Palazzi Signorili (Stratum).
“It was a masterful ride by Brodie,” Mihalyka said. “He was following instructions from Keith and weaved through the pack to finish over the top of them. Keith feels he will be better over a bit further and we might be in for an exciting prep!”
All Too Hard has just four crops racing and he’s the youngest stallion in Australia to sire 100 individual winners this season. The Vinery champion’s domestic progeny have won 149 races for $8.79 million in prizemoney topped by Group 1 star Alligator Blood ($2.82 million).
Wichita Warrior is a full-brother to Team Hawkes sprinter Newburgh. They were bred at Turangga Farm by Stuart Ramsey and he has a third All Too Hard (yearling) brother at home in Scone.
Their dam Panipique (Testa Rossa) won three black-type races in Melbourne and the first of them was over Golden Slipper Stakes Gr.1 winner Crystal Lily in the Quezette Stakes LR at Caulfield.
Mihalyka cottoned on to Vinery at the majors earlier this year with three yearlings by Headwater and Press Statement. He paid $145,000 for the Press Statement – Fill Me Up filly and $75,000 for the Headwater – Skillz That Killz filly at the Inglis Classic Sale.
He latched on to the ‘Wichita’ connection again at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale with $130,000 for the Headwater filly out of High Chaparral mare Wichita Woman that was consigned to Oaklands by Vinery. “She went through the ring at the tail-end of the sale and we had to wait all day,” Mihalyka recalled. “I thought nearly everyone would have gone home but she’s a quality filly and I had to be strong to buy her.”
All Too Hard stands at Vinery for an unchanged $27,500 (inc GST) service fee despite siring the winners of 14 stakes races in Australia this season. He’s fourth in that category behind Snitzel (21), Exceed and Excel (16) and I Am Invincible (15) who are priced at $165,000, $132,000 and $209,000 respectively.
Go figure! And then go for the best-value sire in the Hunter Valley.
Hoofnote: Behemoth takes centre stage for All Too Hard in the Gr.1 Goodwood at Morphettville on Saturday with Gr.3 support acts Hard Rock Girl (National Stakes), All Too Huiying (R A Lee Stakes) & Too Good Too Hard (Proud Miss Stakes) while Amangiri has opened a $4.60 favourite for the Gr.3 Dark Jewel Classic at Rosehill.