The often underrated Vinery Stud-based stallion All Too Hard (Casino Prince) sired his 18th stakes winner on Saturday as his son Allibor (3 g ex Libor Lady by Exchange Rate) broke his maiden in the Sandown Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m).
There was drama before the off after the Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) runner-up Aysar (Deep Field) was scratched due to a mishap in the stalls area two hours before the race, leaving the Group 2 without its headline act.
However, the Symon Wilde-trained three-year-old gelding showed guts to come out on top of a close finish to beat Sweet Reply (Deep Field) by a nose and Valanetti (Sebring) was another length and three quarters away in third.
"Just so proud of the horse and proud of the team - that was a huge thrill," said Liam Hoy, the stable representative for Wilde.
"It was a little bit of an afterthought (coming to) the Guineas. Condolences to the Hayes/Dabernig team as obviously Aysar was going to be the one to beat.
"You need a lot of luck in the game, I suppose, and it was just on our side today.
"Just so rapt for Symon and the team. They work very hard in Warrnambool and Ballarat."
Purchased by his trainer and Cameron Cooke Bloodstock for $60,000 at Book 1 of the 2019 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the Blue Gum draft, the gelding - who was bred by TJS Bloodstock and Heritage Bloodstock - is out of US Listed-winning mare Libor Lady (Exchange Rate) and she is a half-sister to the dam of fellow US Listed winner Thrillin Discovery (Alaskan Frost).
Further back the gelding hails from the same family as Grade 1 scorer Collect The Cash (Dynaformer), who in turn produced Stately Victor (Ghostzapper). The gelding also shares a page with fellow elite level winners Musical Romance (Concorde's Tune), Battle Of Midway (Smart Strike) and Patternrecognition (Adios Charlie).
After slipping to Pierro (Lonhro) in 2018, Libor Lady produced a filly by Good Journey (Nureyev) and this season she has produced a colt by Arrowfield Stud-based Written Tycoon (Iglesia).
All Too Hard’s 18 stakes winners are headed by Group 1-winning pair Behemoth and Alligator Blood and he is standing for a fee of $27,500 (inc GST).