04/27/2013 11:24AM

Randwick: All Too Hard wins third straight Group 1


All Too Hard, a half-brother to retired undefeated champion Black Caviar, won his third consecutive Group 1 race in Saturday’s $410,000 All Aged Stakes at Randwick Racecourse in Australia, a performance that could lead to a start at Royal Ascot in England in June.

All Too Hard, a 3-year-old in the Southern Hemisphere, won the All Aged Stakes over about seven furlongs by a half-length over 10-1 Rain Affair. Fiorente, second in the Melbourne Cup last November, finished third in his first start of 2012.

The former champion mare More Joyous could only finish seventh in the field of eight. Her loss was the subject of a steward’s inquiry in which owner John Singleton accused Tom Waterhouse, the bookmaker son of prominent trainer Gai Waterhouse, of spreading rumors that More Joyous would not win on Saturday. Singleton later vowed to remove his horses from Waterhouse’s stable, which would end a 35-year relationship.

All Too Hard is a candidate for the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot. Along with Black Caviar, All Too Hard is a candidate for Australian Horse of the Year honors following the loss on Saturday of It’s a Dundeel in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

It’a a Dundeel, who had won three consecutive Group 1 races, could only finish second to Reliable Man (11-1) in the race over about  1 1/4 miles on turf. Reliable Man outran 2-7 favorite It’s a Dundeel by 2 1/2 lengths, but was pulled up with a tendon injury while galloping out.

There were two other Group 1 races at Randwick on Saturday.

Mourayan, a 7-year-old Irish-bred horse who was seventh in the Melbourne Cup last November, pulled an 11-1 upset in the $513,350 Sydney Cup over about two miles, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Norsqui. Kelinni, the 8-5 favorite, could only finish sixth in the field of 10.

In the $410,000 Champagne Stakes for Southern Hemisphere 2-year-olds over about a mile, Guelph, the 6-4 favorite, won his second consecutive Group 1 race. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed, Guelph finished a nose in front of the 25-1 shot Fuerza.

Guelph won the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick in April 13.