All Too Hard, a 3-year-old half brother to undefeated Black Caviar, has retired.
A son of group I-winning Casino Prince, the colt is out of unraced Helsinge, by group stakes placed Desert Sun. Bred by Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm in Nagambie, Victoria, the colt sold for a record US$1.062 million at the 2011 Inglis April Easter Yearling sale to Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm.
All Too Hard was sold in December 2012 to a syndicate led by Vinery Stud; he will stand at Vinery Australia for the 2013 breeding season for AUS$66,000 (approximately US$67,610).
Trained by John Hawkes, All Too Hard made his debut in 2012 as a 3-year-old, and captured the Talindert Stakes at Flemington on Feb. 18. He followed that win with a pair of group II victories in March in the Sires' Produce Stakes at Flemington and the Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill.
Moving up in company, All Too Hard finished a good second to the Lonhro colt Pierro in the second leg of Australia's juvenile Triple Crown, the group I Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes at Randwick. Later in the year he would go on to best Pierro with a win in the Beck Caufield Guineas (AUS-I) and a second in the Sportingbet W.S. Cox Plate (AUS-I) at Moonnee Valley Racing Club. With three more group I victories in the C. F. Orr Stakes and the Cathay Pacific Futurity Stakes at Caufield, and the Yarraman Park All-Aged Stakes at Randwick, All Too Hard retires with a record of 7-2-1 from 12 starts and earnings US$2,364,798.