02/23/2013 2:56PM

Australia: Black Caviar's brother All Too Hard takes second Group 1 stakes this month


All Too Hard, a half-brother to the undefeated sprint star Black Caviar, won his second Group 1 race in February in Saturday’s $515,000 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse in Australia.

It will not be long before he tries for a third win at that level. All Too Hard is expected to be a heavy favorite in the $618,000 Australian Guineas over about a mile at Flemington Racecourse next Saturday.

In the Futurity Stakes over seven furlongs, All Too Hard raced in the middle of the field for the first half-mile, moved closer to the front in early stretch and took the lead in the final furlong. Ridden by Dwayne Dunn, All Too Hard won by 3 3/4 lengths over Glass Harmonium.

Green Moon, the winner of the Melbourne Cup last November, finished fourth of 10 in his first start of the year.

All Too Hard, a 4-year-old colt by Casino Prince, won the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes over seven furlongs in his first start of 2013 on Feb. 9.

All Too Hard races for the Vinery Stud Syndicate.

The unbeaten filly Miracles of Life won her group stakes debut, and fourth start, in the $1,030,000 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes over about six furlongs on turf for 2-year-old Southern Hemisphere fillies.

Miracles of Life was ridden by 29-year-old apprentice Lauren Stojakovic, her biggest career win.

Miracles of Life, the 11-5 favorite, won the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths over 25-1 Fast ‘N’ Rocking.

In the $412,000 Oakleigh Plate, a Group 1 over 5 1/2 furlongs, the 6-year-old mare Mrs Onassis (15-1) was near the front throughout and won by a length over 14-1 Facile Tigre. Ortensia, 8, the winner of the2012 Al Quoz Sprint on the Dubai World Cup undercard, finished 11th.

Barakey, unbeaten in 11 starts in western Australia, was a late scratch after becoming upset in the starting gate.