All Too Hard could win a first Australian Guineas for trainer John HawkesPICTURE: Getty Images
All Too Hard looks too good for Guineas rivals
Preview: Australia, Saturday 5.10am GMT (live on ATR)
Flemington: Australian Guineas (Group 1) 1m, turf, 3yo
ROYAL ASCOT contender All Too Hard (Hawkes team/Dwayne Dunn), the number one three-year-old in Australia, is fast building a formidable reputation in his own right and in Saturday's Australian Guineas he will bid for a third consecutive Group 1 victory.
"He started off as Black Caviar's little brother but he's fast building his own cult following," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes told the AAP. "If he keeps doing what he did last Saturday and keeps blowing them away, it will only get stronger."
Last Saturday refers to the demolition job he did on the Cathay Pacific Futurity Stakes field at Caulfield and the $1.28 favourite is expected to be equally as impressive at Flemington.
With a trip to Royal Ascot for the Queen Anne in the pipeline, Cox Plate runner-up All Too Hard will put his unbeaten 2013 record on the line with the weather more of a concern than any of his rivals for Hawkes.
"I wouldn't want it to rain any more," he added. "If it kept raining and the track ended up heavy we'd have to question whether we'd even be going."
Wayne's father John, a Hall of Fame trainer in his own right but now training in partnership with his two sons, has won more that 100 Group 1s as a trainer, but never the Australian Guineas and Wayne continued: "The Guineas is a great race, and we've never won it.
"There's not too many on the Australian calendar the Hawkes name hasn't won. This is certainly one of them. It's always special to win a big race for the first time, but we're just trying to keep All Too Hard's record intact."
Drawn 14 of 16, Hawkes added: "It's not like Dwayne Dunn (jockey) is going to get a soft run. There's going to be 15 other blokes out there looking for him."
Such is his dominance Albrecht, who comes next in the betting, is a $17-shot for Kerrin McEvoy. You're So G ood comes next at $21, while Ajeeb, Bass Straight and High Shot are $26.