Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes is confident glamour colt All Too Hard will be right for a Sydney Autumn Carnival campaign after being forced out of today’s Australian Guineas at Flemington with an elevated temperature.
All Too Hard was set to start a very short priced favourite in the Group 1 $500,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) but Hawkes had no choice but to scratch the $20 million colt.
Hawkes was devastated when he checked on All Too Hard this morning and discovered his temperature was up to 39 degrees, slightly above the normal.
“We took his temperature this morning and it was up at 39,” Hawkes said.
“No one could believe it. It’s not good for racing, people all over the world would have been watching today because of the Black Caviar thing.
“It’s not what you want from an industry point of view, it doesn’t matter who trained All Too Hard. You want the good horses to run.”
Hawkes is expecting All Too Hard to be completely recovered in a couple of days and will then make plans for Sydney.
“In human terms he’s got a cold and he has had some antibiotics,” Hawkes said..
“All we need to do is not run him and get him right and bring him to Sydney. He will be back. He’s tough.”
All Too Hard started off the Autumn in dynamic style with back to back wins at weight for age in Group 1 $400,000 Sportingbet C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 9 and the Group 1 $500,000 Cathay Pacific Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield two weeks later.
Betting for the Australian Guineas had to be drastically reviewed with the Peter Snowden trained Albrecht being promoted to the $5.50 favourite in front of Philippi at $6.50.
Glen Boss’ mount Ajeeb is now a $7 chance just in front of High Shot at $8 with Craig Williams aboard.
C S Hayes Stakes winner Sheer Talent is sharing the $11 line with Bass Strait and You’re So Good.