All Too Hard (leading): is heading to Royal Ascot this summerPICTURE: Getty Images
All Too Hard sets off on final Aussie campaign
Preview: Australia, Saturday 5.30am GMT (live on ATR)
Caulfield: CF Orr Stakes (Group 1) 7f, turf, 3yo+
AUSTRALIA'S top three-year-old All Too Hard (Hawkes team/Dwayne Dunn) sets out on his final campaign at home on Saturday before travelling to Europe to run in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Vinery Stud, who reportedly paid more than A$20 million (£13.2m) for the half-brother to Black Caviar, have stated their intention to retire him at the end of his current campaign, now entering the autumn according to the southern hemisphere calendar.
All Too Hard runs in the Sportingbet CF Orr Stakes, Group 1 highlight at Caulfield in Melbourne where rivals are headed by veteran New Zealand star King Mufhasa (Bruce Wallace/ Michael Rodd), a ten-time Group 1 winner who has twice been named his country's Horse of the Year.
Vinery general manager Peter Orton said Caulfield Guineas winner All Too Hard, runner-up in the Cox Plate on his most recent outing in October, is set to run twice in Melbourne before heading to Sydney and then a Royal Ascot swansong.
"We'd like him to go to stud this year, so we'd like to see him retiring a month or so prior to the (breeding) season," Orton said.
"We're looking to race him here and then take him to England, to Ascot, if possible. If it came to the stage at the end of the season that they could look at racing him for another year because of the potential that was there, there's that possibility, but it was always the intention to retire him."
Looking at Royal Ascot, Orton added: "There's the Queen Anne, but you've also got the Golden Jubilee over 1,200 metres. That's a tough race, there's a rise three times and you have to have a bit of stamina but the Queen Anne over a mile is ideal for him and there are a couple of other nice races for him in France.
"Black Caviar has put that family on the map and she's known all over the world and this is a half-brother to her, so he's got great interest and great potential for overseas farms. If he was to go over there and add to his record, it will just increase the value of the horse, which would be a great thing."
The Orr Stakes is the first leg of the newly inaugurated Group 1 Middle Distance Championship, which offers a A$1 million bonus to any horse that can win the Orr Stakes, Peter Young Stakes and Australian Cup.