THE return today of Australasian racing’s most valuable colt, All Too Hard, at Rosehill will attract abnormal scrutiny with major horse studs circling following revelations that the horse’s owner Nathan Tinkler is reducing his investment and could sell his entire stock and holdings under the Patinack Farm banner.
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It was reported in The Age yesterday that the Patinack Farm racing and breeding operation had been offered for sale for $200 million. It was confirmed yesterday that Patinack Farm will offer around 350 horses for auction with the Gold Coast-based Magic Millions during a three-day horses-in-training sale from October 30.

All Too Hard, the half-brother to superstar Black Caviar, cost Tinkler $1.025 million as a yearling, and is already valued at about $10 million. That is likely to swell to $20 million and beyond if he can win a group 1 race this spring, in either or both next month’s Golden Rose at Rosehill or the Caulfield Guineas the following month.

Patinack Farm has made no announcement on whether All Too Hard is for sale, but on type, performance and potential, he is an irresistible prospect for some of the larger studs in Australasia keen to buy into Black Caviar’s immediate family.

A winner of three of his four starts in the autumn, All Too Hard is today marked about a $1.70 favourite to make a winning return to racing in the group 3 San Domenico Stakes.

Patinack Farm chief executive Peter Beer said yesterday that the time was right for a reduction of the massive operation. ”Patinack Farm operation is now one of the biggest in the world, with a very strong broodmare band,” he said.

”We have reached a point where we need to reduce our numbers and we regret losing some of our best stock, but a decision had to be made. The sale will be filled with quality entries and will be a genuine reduction.”

John Hawkes, who trains All Too Hard with his sons Wayne and Michael, concerns himself solely with the fitness and well-being of the colt, and the trainer of some of the best colts of recent times in Octagonal and Lonhro, is well pleased.

He said this week that the colt would impress in the parade yard at Rosehill today. ”He was doing it on raw ability when he was a young horse,” Hawkes said. ”He is much more physical, a much more stronger horse than he was as a baby. He used to lay down a lot when he was a young horse.

”Now he still does but nowhere like he used to. It was because he was just still growing. He used to eat and then lay down. He was kind of a young kid, all he used to do was eat and sleep, and they do that until they mature. Once they mature they don’t have to sleep as much. He is just a bigger, stronger horse this time.”

Hawkes said his eyes were fixed on the Golden Rose in four weeks for the colt. ”We are trying to get to the Golden Rose first and then take stock,” he said. ”There is no use getting ahead of yourself. It is a group 1 and worth $1 million, we can look at other races after that, including the Caulfield Guineas.”

All Too Hard is unlikely to run into the only horse to have beaten him – Pierro – in the Golden Rose.

But Samaready, the filly that looms as the horse that All Too Hard will have to beat in the September 15 group 1 race, also begins her campaign on her home track at Caulfield today in the listed Quezette Stakes.

Jockey Jamie Mott is free to ride promising filly Lady Of Harrods in the Quezette.

He gained a reduction in his 10-meeting careless riding suspension from last Monday’s Swan Hill meeting on appeal to the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board yesterday.

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