All Too Hard's Villermont On Track for Queensland Derby
Mark Smith - Saturday April 28

Sandown Guineas winner Villermont is likely to head to the Group 1 Queensland Derby following a nail-biting win in Saturday's Group III Gunsynd Classic (1630m) at Doomben.

The son of All Too Hard looked set for a comfortable win when Damian Browne dashed him clear at the 300-metre mark, however, the Sydney visitor Dark Dream (All American) refused to lay down and closed the margin to a nose on the line.

It was five and a half lengths back to Omineca (Makfi) in third place.


Villermont advances his record to three wins and one third from nine starts with earnings of $313,060

With trainer Ciaron Maher in Sydney, stable representative Annabel Neasham said Villermont was likely to press on to the Queensland Derby.

"It was a great ride by Damian from the wide barrier. The instructions were to drive forward and lead if possible and he did just that," Neasham told AAP.

Purchased by Ciaron Maher for $250,000 at the 2016 Easter Yearling Sale, Villermont (pictured as a yearling ) races for a large syndicate headed by Vinery Stud.

He is the seventh and final foal of the Group I Coolmore Classic heroine Bollinger who died in October last year.

The daughter of Dehere (USA) spent the majority of her broodmare career in America where her best was the Grade II Louisiana Derby winner Friesan Fire (AP Indy) who was sent off one of the favourites in the 2009 Kentucky.

The winner of five of her eight starts, Bollinger was a half-sister to Group III winners Mannington and Sheraton out of Marscay's 1993 Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay.

Mannington is the dam of Group I Victoria Derby winner Benicio and Group II winner Romneya.

Gunsynd Classic Gr3 1630m
Doomben Track: Good(4) Time: 1:37.58
1
0.1
Villermont
T: C Maher J: D J Browne 57
3c All Too Hard (AUS) x Bollinger (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: Ciaron Maher Racing $250,000
2
0.1
Dark Dream
T: K J Parker J: L V Cassidy 57
3g All American (AUS) x Buchanan Girl (AUS) (Lion Hunter (AUS))
3
5.6
Omineca
T: C J Waller J: J Lloyd 57
3g Makfi (GB) x Skeena (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Phoenix Park
B: David Redvers Bloodstock/Chris Waller Racing $90,000
4
5.8
Hang
T: Ben Currie J: J Byrne 57
3g Clang (AUS) x Godsana (AUS) (God's Own (AUS))
5
6.5
Zofonic Dancer
T: R L Heathcote J: M McGillivray 57
3g Zoffany (IRE) x Goddess Of Wisdom (USA) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $87,500
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: Paul Willetts/Robert Heathcote $87,500
6
6.6
California Turbo
T: P and P Snowden J: R Fradd 57
3g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Celebria (AUS) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $330,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone
B: Asian Bloodstock Services $330,000
7
7.9
Sawtell
T: B J Dodson J: B N Stewart 57
3g He's Remarkable (NZ) x French Flute (AUS) (Jugah (USA))
8
8.6
Naked
T: B J Lockwood J: B Pengelly 57
3g Arlington (AUS) x Lady Godiva (AUS) (Quest For Fame (GB))
MM National Yearling Sale $4,000
V:Tamalee Farm Tamworth NSW
B: Lockwood Racing $4,000
9
10.6
Epic Rant
T: Michael Costa J: M Cahill 57
3g Snitzel (AUS) x Air's Precious (AUS) (Air Express (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Eureka Stud Cambooya Qld
B: Spendthrift Australia $500,000
10
10.8
Capital Gain
T: Paul Butterworth J: Taylor Marshall 57
3g Ad Valorem (USA) x Zuzao (AUS) (Delzao (AUS))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $50,000
V:Moffatt Breaking & Pre Training Milawa Vic
B: Pharout Syndications/Paul Butterworth $50,000
11
10.9
Madison Point
T: S J Morrisey J: M R Du Plessis 57
3g Savabeel (AUS) x Fabaz (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: NZB as agent $160,000
12
12.4
Mr Plow
T: T J Bartley J: James Orman 57
3g Casino Prince (AUS) x Boca Chica (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
13
14.7
Gun Bolt
T: Bruce Hill J: P Hammersley 57
3g Bullet Train (GB) x Faille (AUS) (Cape Cross (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $22,500
V:Bowness Stud Young NSW
B: Bruce Hill $22,500
14
14.8
Lucky Jackson
T: Chris Munce J: Ron Stewart 57
3g Casino Prince (AUS) x Purple Vein (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $100,000
V:Oakwood Farm Haigslea Qld
B: Munce Racing $100,000