All Too Hard Colt Ices Group 2 At Turffontein

All Too Hard youngster Frosted Gold staked his claim for champion 2YO honours in South Africa with by adding a Group 2 win to his record on May 4.

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The grey colt came from off the pace for a comprehensive victory in the G2 SA Nursery on Champions Day at Turffontein. He put more than a length on arch-rival Twilight Moon with a powerful finish at the end of 1160m.

“He’s better being ridden quieter,” trainer Mike De Kock commented. “He’s still a green and likes to run at them.

“I’m not sure how many more runs we will give him as a two-year-old. He’s won three from four and could possibly go to the Sun Gold Medallion later this month.”

The G1 Sun Gold Medallion (1200m) is worth R750,000 at Scottsville on May 25.

Australian-bred Frosted Gold was conceived at Vinery Stud in NSW in 2015 when All Too Hard covered French-bred mare Mary D’Or (Verglas), a sister to G1 Prix Jean Prat winner Stormy River.

De Kock bought him for $180,000 on behalf of Durban-based owner Dave MacLean at the 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

“Dave MacLean gave us the go-ahead to buy one horse and Jehan Malherbe and I found this one, we are very pleased,” De Kock said.

“He’s got a Group 2 now and he has a future.”

Frosted Gold won on debut at Vaal in February and then dead-heated with Twilight Moon in the Listed Storm Bird Stakes at Turffontein. Twilight Moon was successful when they locked horns a second time in the G3 Protea Stakes before the tables turned again on Saturday.

All Too Hard gelding Fuchu won his fourth race in eight starts for trainer Kim Waugh in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1550m) at Randwick on May 4.

Fuchu was unraced at two and his initial campaign was limited to a Newcastle maiden win as a spring 3yo. He’s a homebred for Pip Cooper from Fuji Fairy (Fuji Kiseki) and is a half-brother to G1 winning filly Yosei.

Vinery will stand All Too Hard on a fee of $27,500 (inc gst) in 2019.
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