There’s only eight horses in the field for the Group 1 2013 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick this Saturday but the shortage of quantity is made up for with quality.
Heading the classy group is three-year-old colt All Too Hard who is starting for the first time since claiming consecutive Group 1 wins in February.
It will be All Too Hard’s final start on Australian soil before a trip to Royal Ascot and retirement but he will have to be at his best in order to go out a winner.
Out to knock off the colt will be More Joyous who is Sydney’s turf darling. The Gai Waterhouse-trained mare is a winner of 21 of 32 starts and has collected more than $4.5 million in prizemoney.
Also in with a big a chance is the race’s other colt, Epaulette. The Darley-owned galloper won the Golden Rose during the spring and resumed this autumn with a runner-up finish behind Black Caviar in the TJ Smith.
Others competing as part of the cracking line up are veteran gelding Rangirangdoo, Melbourne Cup runner-up Fiorente and speedy front-runner Rain Affair.
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|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2604x4202x||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||8||59kg||115|
|2||2x6261x42x||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||5||59kg||111|
|3||6122x48x44||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Craig Williams||4||59kg||110|
|4||30911378×5||ROLLING PIN (NZ)||Gwenda Markwell||Christian Reith||3||59kg||106|
|5||0x85049x42||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Mick Price||Brenton Avdulla||2||59kg||102|
|6||11x1140x25||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||1||57kg||124|
|7||x35412x11x||ALL TOO HARD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||7||56.5kg||114|
|8||120x3113x2||EPAULETTE||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||6||56.5kg||109|