Name: All Too Good
Sire: All Too Hard
Dam: Purple Blood
Trainer: Gary Portelli
Foal Date: 9/9/2014
ALL TOO HARD FILLY OFF TO PORTELLI
All Too Hard was a quality galloper that was best known as being a half-brother to sprint Queen, Black Caviar (by Bel Esprit).
All Too Hard was offered at the Inglis Easter sale as a yearling and was sold to the bid of team Hawkes for $1,025,000. Raced by mining magnate, Nathan Tinkler the colt was transformed from an expensive athletic yearling into a fierce competitor by the Hawkes team.
As a juvenile, All Too Hard won the Listed VRC Talindert Stakes up the famous Flemington straight course over 1100 m., at the bays racetrack debut by a length-and-a-half in 2012. Training on as a juvenile to win the VRC’s Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes by four-lengths and the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes over 1200 m., by a length the first time the bay colt had raced right-handed.
During All Too Hard’s classic season the colt won four Group 1‘s the MRC Caufield Guineas (1600 m.) defeating top two-year-old Pierro; Futurity Stakes ( 1400 m.), C.F. Orr Stakes (1400 m.) and the ATC All-Aged Stakes (1400 m.). Along with a mighty effort to finish runner-up in the MVRC Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040 m.).
The bay is colt is out of the unraced daughter of Encosta de Lago (by Fairy King) Purple Blood a proven producer being the dam of the 2013 Group 3 BRC Glenlogan Park Stakes winner Sookie (by Casino Prince), Kaitlin Cove (by Snitzel) a winner and the unraced Purple Vein (by Fastnet Rock).
NOT ENOUGH? The dam of Purple Blood is the 2002 Group 1 AJC Sires Produce and Champagne Stakes winner, Victory Vein (by Mr. Henrysee).
Victory Vein descends from a female family that’s produced the 1998 Singapore Group 1 Lion City Cup winner The Jolly Roger (by Procol Harum).
When Casino Prince, the sire of All Too Hard, covered mares by Encosta de Lago, along with Sookie, the cross has netted another four winers Wahng Wah (two wins), Cracow (five wins), Last Try Wins (two wins), Princess Charm (two wins) and from nine runners that have raced they have earned connections more than $400,000.
The syndicate for this filly will by Adrian Allan from Elite Thoroughbreds.
Gary Portelli is a trainer with the philosophy to back the skills that have made him a million-dollar-a-year, Group One trainer.
“We pride ourselves on a staff that care for our horses,” Portelli says.
“Our stable philosophy is that results are achieved from a combined effort. We ensure not only our horses are cared for but also our staff and owners.”
Portelli’s background in racing equipped him well to run a successful stable in one of the world’s most competitive racing jurisdictions. His grandfather was a jockey, his mother a trainer and almost from the time he could walk, he could ride.
When he took over his mother’s licence in 1990, and then moved from Orange in the NSW central west to Warwick Farm, he began learning about running a racing business – and his record suggests he learned well.
Portelli’s first Group One winner came in 2007 with the success of Rena’s Lady in the AJC Oaks, a second elite win was delivered by Gold Trail in 2010 in New Zealand’s premier sprint, the Group One Railway Stakes at Ellerslie and his most recent was delivered by Rebel Dane in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes at Caulfield.
One of the measures of Portelli’s abilities is his success in training for syndicates.
His association with Elite Thoroughbreds has resulted a steady flow of winners, including Testashadow (five wins and more than half-a-million in earnings), Sebring Sun, Cosmic Cameo, Next Level, Seeking Asylum, Miss Spoken and the retired stakes winner I’m All The Talk.
Portelli, set the Elite Thoroughbreds owned Straturbo to win the 2015 Magic Millions Sprint (1100 m.) as well as finishing runner-up with Testashadow in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400 m.) on one of the most competitive race days on the Queensland calendar.
Portelli signed off the 2014-15 racing season with his runners returning more than $1.6million to connections on the back of $1.86million earned during the 2012-13 racing season. With two months remaining of the 2015-16 racing season stable earnings are nudging the $1.5million mark.
Portelli happily shares whatever credit comes his way.
“I am a great believer in a team environment as far as my stable staff is concerned. It may be my name printed as trainer but it is having a great team that helps get the best out of each and every horse,” Portelli says.