All Too Hard heads Vinery's 2019 roster

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All Too Hard heads Vinery's roster for the 2019 season, well supported by a trio of promising young stallions in Headwater, Press Statement and Star Turn.

The post More Than Ready (USA) era begins for Vinery with All Too Hard, who has six stakeswinners, including G2 Stan Fox S. winner Tarka - the only horse to defeat The Autumn Sun - topping the roster with a 2019 service fee of $27,500 (inc GST).

All Too Hard has four crops on the track and is in the Top 10 for winners (87) and wins (137) this season.

“Trainers love All Too Hard. They win every day." Vinery General Manager Peter Orton said.

All Too Hard

Outside of All Too Hard, the anticipation is strong for both Press Statement and Headwater, who both have their first crops hitting the racetrack in 2019/20.

Press Statement's yearlings sold up to $340,000 this year, with an expectation that the son of Hinchinbrook, a dual Group 1 winner as a racehorse, will make a considerable impression as a stallion.

“Press Statement was a genuine Group 1 horse and the feedback from the breakers has been very positive." - Vinery General Manager, Peter Orton

“Press Statement was a genuine Group 1 horse and the feedback from the breakers has been very positive," Orton said. "They’re tough and they’re athletes."

Among those to purchase his yearlings at the sales was Press Statement's own trainer Chris Waller, who picked up two under his own name and is set to train a number of others, including the $270,000 colt out of Calaluna (Mujahid {USA}), Star Thoroughbreds and Randwick Bloodstock purchased at the Inglis Classic Sale.

Press Statement

"I think Press Statement is a massive chance of making the grade as a stallion,” Randwick Bloodstock's Brett Howard said. “Our colt is an absolute cracker and he will get every chance with Chris."

Press Statement will stand for $16,500 (inc GST), the same price as his contemporary Headwater, who had yearlings sell up to $180,000 this year. He led the first-season sire aggregate at the Inglis Classic Sale.

"I think Press Statement is a massive chance of making the grade as a stallion." - Brett Howard, Randwick Bloodstock Agency

Headwater's progeny will look to back up his own pedigree which is packed with speed being by Exceed And Excel out of G1 Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove (Hurricane Sky). He was a winner of his first two starts as a 2-year-old, including the G2 Silver Slipper S. while he also won a Listed open 1000m stakes race as a 3-year-old.

Headwater

G2 Schillaci S. winner Star Turn is another expected to produce plenty of speedy horses with his first weanlings set to go through the sales in the next few weeks.

He has four weanlings catalogued at the upcoming Inglis Australian Sale in Sydney and 18 at the Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast next month.

Star Turn served 158 mares in his first season and 129 in his second and remains at $22,000 (inc GST) for 2019.

"He’s been booked out in his first two years here and his fee remains the same in 2019.” - Peter Orton

“Breeders are coming back after seeing his foals,” Orton said. “He’s stamping them, alright. They’re beasts."

“He’s a great outcross with just one strain of Danehill back four generations. He’s been booked out in his first two years here and his fee remains the same in 2019.”

Star Turn

All Too Hard's own sire, Casino Prince, continues to produce winners, over 100 every season in the past three years. and will stand at $6600 (inc GST). Baccarat Baby became his 15th stakes-winner on Sunday in the Listed Princess S.

Pluck (USA), rounds off the Vinery roster, also at $6600 (inc GST), carrying on the legacy of his legendary sire More Than Ready (USA). He has three stakes winners in Australia, including the winner of this year's G3 Bow Mistress S. Life On The Wire, while stakes-placed Lady Pluck looks destined to make an impact in the coming months.