Gerry Harvey has never had a super horse and it pains him that he will never get to find out if All Too Hard is that horse.
But the half-brother to Black Caviar could give him something that money can’t buy if he can get the better of his old mate John Singleton’s pride and joy More Joyous in Saturday’s All Aged Stakes at Randwick.
”With all the horses I have had, I haven’t had a super horse and I truly believe this fellow could be it,” Harvey said. ”Singo has had his super horse in More Joyous and we have to beat it [on Saturday].”
Harvey and Singleton will be wired for sound by TVN as All Too Hard and More Joyous clash and the old mates will not hold back after the race, Harvey promised. ”I think gloating and bragging will be OK,” Harvey said. ”It will be no holds barred provided one of us wins.
”I have known Singo for a long time and I’m hoping to see that real look of inner despair that only comes when he loses a big bet or something that’s close to his heart.
”It is something you can’t hide, that look when something really hurts. If All Too Hard wins, I’m hoping there is a really good photographer around to [take] a picture of him. I will be putting it on my wall, so when he gets the better of me I can look up and feel better about myself.”
If More Joyous wins the All Aged, the picture will be given completely different treatment. ”I will be burning it because you can imagine what he is going to be like,” Harvey said.
Harvey had a win over Singleton last week when Royal Descent dusted Dear Demi by 10 lengths in the Australian Oaks but it counts for nothing going into Saturday. ”That’s in the past and I live in the present and the future and if More Joyous wins Singo would have completely forgot about it as well,” he said.
All Too Hard has proven a frustration for Harvey since he became an owner of the son of Casino Prince.
He was already a Caulfield Guineas winner and Cox Plate runner-up when the deal was done but the colt went to another level early in the autumn. All Too Hard was commanding in the Orr Stakes, then toyed with his older rivals again in the Futurity Stakes before a virus stopped his preparation on the eve of the Australian Guineas.
”The thing is I don’t think we are ever going to see the best of him,” Harvey said.
”I think we saw the best of Black Caviar and Pierro but this fellow [All Too Hard] was still getting better. I think he is something really special. A super horse. He didn’t get the chance to show how good he actually is because of the problem.”
Harvey would love to continue racing All Too Hard but the horse will only have this run and possibly one more at Royal Ascot before being retired to stud.
”There are [commercial] reasons why he won’t race on as a four-year-old but it’s a pity we won’t get to see him then because at a mile and beyond I feel he could be that super horse,” Harvey said.
Saturday is All Too Hard’s first run since his setback and Harvey labelled him the underdog against More Joyous.
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