2012 Golden Slipper favourite All Too Hard will not run in the $3.5 million race at Rosehill Racecourse this Saturday April 7, 2012.
The star two-year-old has more than lived up to the expectations associated with being Black Caviar’s half-brother.
All Too Hard has won all of his previous three career starts, with his most recent win coming in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill Racecourse last weekend.
The Casino Prince colt, who made headlines for his $1.025 million price tag at the 2011 Australian Easter Yearling Sales, has already won more than $320,000 in prize money.
Co-trainer John Hawkes announced All Too Hard’s withdrawal from the 2012 Golden Slipper this morning.
All Too Hard will now have his next run in the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday April 14, 2012.
“The horse is fine but the horse comes first and we decided to wait for the Sires. That’s it in a nutshell,” Hawkes said.
“People will talk through their pockets, but I’ve always worried about my horses and always will and nothing’s changed.
“Not always the best horse wins the Slipper and if you draw the wrong gate you’re out of business – we’ve won two but we should’ve won five.
“That’s the way the cookie crumbles.”
Hawkes maintains that he is not trying to keep All Too Hard’s perfect record intact by bypassing the 2012 Golden Slipper.
“He’ll get beat somewhere along the track, most horses do, and he doesn’t relate to her at this point in time – she’s a champion and he hasn’t done it yet,” he said.
“He’s only a young horse and he has a bright future, so hopefully everything will be good and he’ll bounce back in the Sires.”
Samaready is now set to be the $2.50 favourite for the 2012 Golden Slipper at bookmaker.com.au.
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