SAN DOMENICO EASIER OPTION FOR ALL TOO HARD
All Too Hard will resume in the $125,000 San Domenico Stakes, a G3 race over 1100m for three-year-olds, rather than tackle seasoned older horse sin the $100,000 Starlight Stakes over the same distance.
The Team Hawkes stable entered All Too Hard for both races to assess how he would be weighted against the older horses.
While his 54.5kg in the Starlight Stakes was tempting, John Hawkes said the San Domenico was a more suitable race even though All Too Hard will be carrying the topweight of 59kg under the set weight and penalties conditions.
He has to concede 3kg to the high class fillies Snitzerland , the Golden Slipper Stakes runner-up, and Magic Millions winner Driefontein but the small field with only five rivals will be in his favour.
The half brother to Black Caviar was beaten by Snitzerland in a recent barrier trial at Rosehill on August 3 but Hawkes is not reading a lot into that result.
“He’ll be very competitive,” Hawkes said of his prospects on Saturday.
“At this stage, his aim is the Golden Rose. He’s had a great start and if he could win a race like the Golden Rose, it would mean a lot.”
Melbourne jockey Dwayne Dunn, who forged a successful association with All Too Hard last season, will come to Sydney for the ride.
The Starlight Stakes attracted a final field of nine headed by the David Hayes-trained G1 winner Eagle Falls .
In an interesting move Hayes has engaged his new stable apprentice Chad Schofield to ride Eagle Falls even though the Starlight Stakes is a non-claiming race.
Schofield is joining the Hayes stable in Victoria on three months loan from Rosehill trainer David Payne.
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