Australian Guineas

Picture: Wayne Ludbey/
Picture: Wayne Ludbey/
Having already scored a pair of soft wins at the top level already this preparation, boom colt All Too Hard  appears to have Saturday’s Australian Guineas at his mercy. Since beginning his campaign with a win against older horses in the Orr Stakes at Caulfield earlier this month, the half-brother to Black Caviar has also taken out the Futurity Stakes against his elders, running away with last week’s group one contest by more than three lengths. Now dropping back to his own age bracket, it is hard to see how any of his 15 rivals can beat him.

Darley is yet to win the race despite saddling up the favourite in two of the past three years and relies on Golden Rose runner-up Albrecht , who has failed to place in either of his two runs in Melbourne this preparation. Sheer Talent  was a strong winner of the C.S Hayes Stakes, which is the traditional leadup for this, but will have to contend with the widest draw, while Mick Kent has lightly raced pair Philippi  and High Shot  in the event.

Although the race has historically been dominated by the boys, fillies have won three of the past six renewals including the past two. You’re So Good , runner-up in the Vanity last time, out is the sole representative for the fairer sex this year.

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