All Too Hard's Hard Landing Makes a Successful Return

Mark Smith - Saturday August 1

After making a successful career debut in the Group III Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington on Victoria Oaks day last November, the royally-bred All Too Hard x Snitzerland colt Hard Landing disappointed at his next start in the Group III Blue Diamond Prelude in February, which was put down to a severe respiratory infection, and he was done for the season.

Hard Landing makes a successful return at Moonee Valley (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Making his three-year-old debut in Saturday’s Jockey Celebration Day Hcp (1000m), the Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes-trained colt sat on the speed set by Theresabearinthere before Thomas Stockdale set him to an all-out drive approaching the home turn.

After getting the better of Theresabearinthere, Hard Landing held the challenge of the Prise Of Dubai gelding Diesel 'n' Dust by half a length with the Charge Forward colt The Cruiser the same distance back in third.

Snitzerland (Mark Smith)


Co-trainer Ben Hayes said the colt was very sick after his disappointment at Caulfield.  

“It’s fantastic to see him back. He was a lightly raced two-year-old because he became really sick after his last run and he had to have a big dose of antibiotics,” Hayes said.

“We’ve really looked after him and he has come back fantastic. He’s really matured into himself.  

“Today was a bit of a test because there is a race here (the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m)) on the 22nd."


All Too Hard (Mark Smith)

A $280,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Vinery draft for Lindsay Park Racing/Andrew Williams Bloodstock, Hard Landing runs for a syndicate that includes Darren Thomas, Neil Werrett and Steve McCann.

A brother to the Group III-placed Saas Fee, hard Landing is the second foal and second winner for the near $2 million earner Snitzerland.

The daughter of Snitzel was a 6-time Group winner highlighted by her defeat of Shamexpress and Samaready in the Group 1 VRC Lightning Stakes and was second to the champion Pierro in the Golden Slipper.

Domeland outlaid $600,000 to purchase Snitzerland’s I Am Invincible colt at this year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. He has been named Chief Conductor.

After foaling another I Am Invincible colt last spring, Snitzerland was covered the Yarraman Park stallion again last year.



Race Result - Jockey Celebration Day Hcp 1000m

Moonee Valley Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:00.40
Hard Landing
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: Thomas Stockdale 60
3c All Too Hard (AUS) x Snitzerland (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Vinery Stud Scone NSW
B: Lindsay Park Racing/Andrew Williams Bstock
Diesel 'n' Dust
T: Jason Warren J: D Oliver 56
3g Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Mooshakissa (AUS) (Duporth (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $15,000
V:Kitchwin Hills Scone NSW
B: Jason Warren Racing
The Cruiser
T: F Stockdale J: Lachlan King 54
3c Charge Forward (AUS) x Chatelaine (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Murrulla Stud, Wingen
B: Frankie Stockdale Horse Racing Pty Ltd
T: R & C Jolly J: Lachlan Neindorf 56
3g Carrara (AUS) x A Sweetee (AUS) (Sequalo (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 2 $22,000
V:M Noack Echunga SA
B: Neerim Lodge
Keep On Fighting
T: G M Moloney J: D W Stackhouse 56
3g Fighting Sun (AUS) x Paparazzi Dreamer (NZ) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 1 $25,000
V:Noorilim Park Arcadia Vic
B: Gerard Moloney
Jabali Ridge
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Liam Riordan 57
3g Jabali (AUS) x Single Princess (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Teodore Nugent 58
3g Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Calcatta (AUS) (Tale Of The Cat (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $170,000
V:Edinburgh Park Wingham NSW
B: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock Pty Ltd
Saw That Coming
T: Scott Cameron J: Damian Lane 56
3g Nostradamus (AUS) x Encapsulate (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 2 $20,000
V:Stockwell Thoroughbreds, Diggers Rest
B: Synovial Plus Pty Ltd
T: Shea Eden J: C Newitt 56
3c Unencumbered (AUS) x Stryker Title (AUS) (Stryker (AUS))
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