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Guineas All Too Hard for superstar colt

Craig Williams salutes aboard Roy Higgins Quality winner, Kutchinsky. Credit: James Hall

Craig Williams salutes aboard Roy Higgins Quality winner, Kutchinsky. Credit: James Hall

An early morning illness yesterday forced the withdrawal of superstar colt All Too Hard from the Group One Australian Guineas, won by Ferlax.

The John Hawkes trained three-year-old was set to start the race as the $1.33 favourite, however his high temperature yesterday morning saw the Hawkes camp cautiously protect their star.

Racing enthusiasts were eager to compare All Too Hard with his Sydney rival, the Gai Waterhouse trained colt, Pierro, who raced twenty minutes later in Sydney.

Across the border on a waterlogged Rosehill Gardens track Pierro started $1.80 favourite in the Hobartville Stakes and managed to hold off a talented field to secure his eighth win from as many starts in Sydney.

Pierro proved once again that he possesses a gritty determination to outlast his adversaries, however his lack of genuine pace creates doubt he could reverse last year’s losses to All Too Hard in the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate.

Health permitting, All Too Hard is expected to travel to Sydney and renew his rivalry with Pierro this autumn.

All Too Hard’s form in Sydney has been poor, however he has matured into a more consistent winner, one that has harnessed his pace and developed a dynamic ability to chase down competitors.

Earlier in the day, Tuscan Fire started the Roy Higgins Quality at Flemington as the top weighted favourite.

He began strongly and led until the final furlong where the 5kg difference between it and Kutchinsky seemed to be too great a factor as the Danny O’Brien trained gelding won the Quality Listed race.


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