A staggering $15m price tag has already been placed on All Too Hard regardless of the two year old running in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill on Saturday.
Head trainer from Team Hawkes, John Hawkes is pleased with the way All Too Hard has got through his run when an effortless winner in the Group 2 $175,000 Bowermans Office Furniture Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
But a start in Saturday’s Group 1 $3.5m AAMI Golden Slipper (1200m) is still fifty-fifty and a decision won’t be made until Tuesday morning when owner Nathan Tinkler and Hawkes will make the final call.
“He’s nice and bright, we will have a good look at him today and Tuesday,” Hawkes said.
“Nothing’s ruled in, nothing’s ruled out. The horse will tell us what we should and shouldn’t do. He’s well at this point in time.”
“He’s a pretty special horse. You have to earn your stripes and not get carried away. He’s a very promising horse, but he will be at his best as a three-year-old. We’re just hoping it pans out that way.”
Blue Diamond winner Samaready still remains at the top of Golden Slipper betting at $2.80 with All Too Hard pushing for favouritism at $3.10.
Inglis bloodstock director Jonathon D’Arcy said that Black Caviar’s half brother, All Too Hard at the moment in worth $15m, and if he were to win the Golden Slipper, it would jump to a mammoth $20m.
“At this stage, to buy him before the Slipper you would have to be offering around the $15 million mark, not that Nathan Tinkler would be wanting to sell,” D’Arcy said.
“If he happened to win he would be then be a $20 million plus horse given his upside and the real possibility that he could be a better horse as a three-year-old.”
Black Caviar who has won more then $5m in prize money would bring about $6m in the sale ring, according to D’Arcy, while All Too Hard’s potential as a successful stallion is the reason his price tag is way more than the unbeaten superstar.
“Black Caviar is a once in a life time horse but it would be hard to think that she would fetch more than $6 million in an auction,” D’Arcy said.
Hawkes agrees with D’Arcy’s figures and even though Black Caviar is the best sprinter in the world, she can only produce one foal a year whereas All Too Hard will be able to sire up to two hundred foals a year when he retires from racing.
“Unfortunately she can only have one foal a year, but a colt can do it a couple of hundred times a year. That is what makes him so valuable,” Hawkes said.