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Dwayne Dunn riding #3 All Too Hard celebrates October 13, 2012

All Too Hard: could run in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot this summer

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All Too Hard among star names at Caulfield

Preview: Australia, Saturday 4.20am GMT

Caulfield: Cathay Pacific Futurity Stakes (Group 1) 7f, turf, 3yo+

CAULFIELD hosts a mouthwatering card on Saturday when Australia's top three-year-old All Too Hard faces Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, while star sprinting mare Ortensia is also in action.

All Too Hard (Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes/Dwayne Dunn) emerged as a horse of real quality when winning the Caulfield Guineas and showed his wellbeing by landing the CF Orr Stakes at the track last month.

He is likely to start favourite on Saturday with connections hoping he will be able to emulate his half-sister Black Caviar and travel to Royal Ascot this summer, where he could contest the Queen Anne.

One horse with Royal Ascot experience on his cv is Green Moon (Robert Hickmott/Brett Prebble) who was fifth in the King Edward VII Stakes for Harry Dunlop in 2010.

He scored the biggest win of his career in the Melbourne Cup in November, but has not raced since. "I'd be surprised if he doesn't run a very forward race," owner Lloyd Williams told Melbourne radio station RSN.

"He's going to get back but if they open up he's going to be strong in the finish." Like Williams, jockey Prebble will not be surprised by a big run from the son of Montjeu.

"He's not at his winning weight, but you wouldn't want him to be," Prebble said. "He's very fresh, very well and I expect him to be very strong at the end of the race."

Also on Saturday

Caulfield: Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate (Group 1 handicap) 5½f, turf, 2yo+

Three-time top-level winner Ortensia (Paul Messara/Craig Williams) has her first start on home turf for 15 months when she concedes weight to all but one of her 13 rivals in the Oakleigh Plate.

The daughter of Testa Rossa landed the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan last March before travelling to Britain to win the King George Stakes and Nunthorpe.

"Obviously she's got to carry top weight against some pretty handy sprinters and it will be hard to afford them too much of a start, especially horses down in the weights," Messara said.

Caulfield: Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (Group 1) 6f, turf, 2yo

Connections of Miracles Of Life (Dan Clarken/Lauren Stojakovic) are optimistic she can maintain her unbeaten record in the Blue Diamond, Melbourne's top two-year-old race.

"She travelled fantastic, got off the float, walked into her box, had a big drink and then laid down and slept," said the Adelaide-based Clarken.

"She's in great order and ready to run. I couldn't be happier with her."

 
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