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Easter Great All Too Hard Takes Centre Stage
In a week focused on greatness, the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale on 5, 6 and 7 April 2016 will see the first progeny of eight racetrack stars-turned-sires take centre stage including Vinery's Inglis Easter champion All Too Hard. Makybe Stud consigned All Too Hard on behalf of breeder Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm and the exceptional colt from the first crop of Casino Prince was secured with a sale topping bid of $1,025,000. Hawkes Racing were entrusted with the valuable colt who would go on to carve out a brilliant career highlighted by four Gr1 victories and $2.28 million in earnings. All Too Hard is the only horse in history to win the Caulfield Guineas, CF Orr Stakes, Futurity Stakes (see below) and All Aged Stakes in the same season. The half-brother to Black Caviar was crowned equal World Champion 3YO Miler (Turf) and Champion 3YO Colt in Australia ahead of fierce rival Pierro. "All Too Hard was a beautifully bred horse, and the highest-rated three-year-old in the country, and he's now a magnificent stallion," said General Manager of Vinery Stud, Peter Orton. "He's a dominant horse, both on the racetrack and now in the breeding barn as he stamps his stock with his own X-factor. He went to stud when a very good group of colts went to stud, so it was competitive but he covered 25 Group 1 winners in his first two seasons." 37 yearlings by All Too Hard have been catalogued for the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale including 22 from stakes-winning mares. Coolmore's Pierro is another exciting young sire whose first yearlings will be offered at Easter. Pierro defeated All Too Hard in the Gr1 ATC Sire's Produce Stakes, the second leg of his clean sweep of Australia's two-year-old Triple Crown. The son of Lonhro was the highest rated two-year-old since 1977, crowned Champion 2YO in Australia and the Leading 3YO Male on the 2013 World Thoroughbred Rankings (Sprint). There are 41 yearlings by Pierro catalogued for Easter.