Racing: It's just all too easy for All Too Hard

All Too Hard showed just why he's considered one of the brightest prospects in Australian racing with another dominant group one performance at Caulfield yesterday.

A week after his champion half-sister Black Caviar took her record to 23 from 23, All Too Hard left the older horses in his wake as he raced to the third group one win of his career with the promise of more to come.

He might only have to wait another week to add his fourth group one.

Starting favourite, All Too Hard ($1.90) opened up over the final 200 metres in the Futurity Stakes (1400m) and put 3 lengths on proven group one winner Glass Harmonium ($18) with last year's winner, New Zealander King Mufhasa ($5.50) half a neck away third.

The valuable colt's impressive display also sent a warning ahead of next Saturday's group one Australian Guineas (1600m) where he is "ninety-nine per cent sure" to back up.

For co-trainer Wayne Hawkes, the Futurity was easy to watch.

"When he was coming to the corner with a lapful of horse you knew they were in trouble," Hawkes said.

The Hawkes Racing team decided on a weight-for-age campaign in Melbourne for the star colt in the early part of the autumn and his Futurity success backed up his win two weeks earlier in the group one C F Orr Stakes.

He joined champion Manikato as the only horse to win the Caulfield Guineas in the spring and then claim the Orr Stakes-Futurity double in the autumn.

Hawkes said the colt was working his way into the elite class.

"He's not the elite yet but he's certainly heading towards it, that's for sure and certain," Hawkes said.

Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon finished fourth.

Meanwhile, inexperienced jockey Lauren Stojakovic has been rewarded for a copybook ride with victory on Miracles Of Life in the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.

Riding in the biggest race of her career, Adelaide-based Stojakovic held her nerve to win Victoria's richest two-year-old race.

Miracles Of Life began safely from an inside draw that some pundits thought could have worked against her chances.

But any concerns vanished before the home turn when Stojakovic calmly eased her mount into the clear and into a position to challenge.

Miracles Of Life pounced quickly to establish a decisive margin over her rivals and then held off the placegetters Fast 'N' Rocking and Godiva Rock to keep an unbeaten record in the $1 million race.

"That was a ten out of ten ride," trainer Dan Clarken said.


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