All Too Hard: could run in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot this summerPICTURE: Getty Images
Awesome All Too Hard
easily lands Futurity
Report: Australia, Saturday
Caulfield: Cathay Pacific Futurity Stakes (Group 1) 7f, turf, 3yo+
ALL TOO HARD (Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes/Dwayne Dunn) put his elders to the sword in convincing fashion to set up a tilt at next Saturday's Australian Guineas.
Black Caviar's half-brother landed the Caulfield Guineas and the CF Orr Stakes at the track last month and registered a third Caulfield Group 1 victory in impressive fashion, streaking away from the likes of Glass Harmonium and Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon.
A crack at the Australian Guineas is now 99 per cent certain according to Wayne Hawkes with a trip to Royal Ascot in the summer also in the equation for All Too Hard, who was recently purchased by breeding giant Vinery Stud .
"It was a bit more fun today because we got the monkey off the back with the new owners last start, so it was quite enjoyable," Wayne Hawkes told racingvictoria.net.au.
He added: "It's all right to be cocky when you know you've got the best horse but they can still get beaten and you like them to win.
"The Guineas looks the obvious option but obviously we're going to wait and see how he licks the bin and how he is in the next 48 hours."
The win took All Too Hard's record in Victoria to five wins from six starts with the only defeat coming when runner-up in the Cox Plate.
Dunn restrained the $1.90 favourite in fifth in the early exchanges before letting him edge into the race rounding the home turn.
He accelerated impressively when asked before a furlong out, quickly putting the race beyond doubt, eventually scoring by three and a quarter lengths.
Glass Harmonium ($18) poked home along the fence to grab second placE, a head in fromt of last year's winner's King Mufhasa ($5.50).
Green Moon ($6), who was having his first start since winning last year's Melbourne Cup, proved his Australian Cup campaign is firmly on track with a fine fourth.
Dunn said: "I wanted to open him up a little bit because he's got to come back next week, if that is the plan, so he has a big mission ahead of him. We wanted to see what's there and we don't want to be left with any stone unturned come the final.
"I put a label on him early and said he was one of the best I've ridden. I've been waiting 20 years to find something like this and it's finally coming to fruition."
Also on Saturday . . .
Caulfield: Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate (Group 1 handicap) 5½f, turf, 2yo+
MRS ONASSIS (Gerald Ryan/Kerrin McEvoy) took a dramatic Oakleigh Plate that changed complexion before it gad even began with the scratching of favourite Barakey.
The unbeaten Perth sprinter was withdrawn on veterinary advice after diving forward in the barriers and trying to get under them.
None of that mattered to Ryan, who had targeted Oakleigh for four months but nearly pulled the pin earlier in the week.
Mrs Onassis had turned in a couple of "below par" gallops on wet tracks in the past couple of weeks and Ryan was doubting her fitness for the Oakleigh Plate last weekend.
"She worked that well on Tuesday morning so we thought we'd give it a go," Ryan told AAP Racing.
Mrs Onassis ($16) sat outside the leader Adebisi during the run before hitting the front at the furlong marker.
The five-year-old powered to the post to win by a length, holding off the Queensland challenge with Facile Tigre ($15) second and Spirit Of Boom ($11) another three-quarters of a length away third.
Ryan added: "She's just getting better as she gets older. After she won here in the spring, Gerry said to aim at the Oakleigh Plate."
Nunthorpe Stakes winner Ortensia finished 11th of the 13 runners on her return to action. (AAP Racing/Mathew Toogood)
Caulfield: Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (Group 1) 6f, turf, 2yo
The Blue Diamond Stakes ended in floods of tears following the victory of Adelaide jockey Lauren Stojakovic and Miracles Of Life (Dan Clarken).
Stojakovic sang to the horse she calls "Barbie" before the start and then rode the race of her life.
The 29-year-old apprentice, who suffered injuries so severe they kept her out of racing for three years, returned to the winner’s enclosure with her face stained with tears and her parents, sisters and grandmother collapsing in each other's arms.
Stojakovic arrived at the high-point of her career after breaking her pelvis in four places in a trackwork accident, having broken a leg before that and also having surgery on both knees.
She manoeuvred her way off the fence and was poised to make her winning run as they entered the Caulfield straight.
"Everything just worked out, it went better than I thought it could," Stojakovic told AAP Racing.
"I was singing to her before we went into the gates just to keep her relaxed. She likes that."
Miracles Of Life, the $3.20 favourite, settled behind the speedsters from her inside gate and travelled kindly until Stojakovic spotted her chance to get off the fence inside Montsegur at the two furlong marker.
Once there, she had the Blue Diamond at her mercy, running away to score by one and a half lengths. (AAP Racing/Mike Hedge)