THE Gary Moore-trained colt All Too Huiying’s foray in Melbourne is set to be short-lived after taking out the listed Seppelt Wines Stakes at Flemington on Oaks Day.
Moore said the “Sydney Derby will be his target” after the stylish colt took out the seventh race on the VRC Oaks Day card in gritty fashion.
In a front-running display that had been a trend of the day, the three-year-old took a lead into the straight, but after looking like it was running out of gas at the 200m mark, All Too Huiying found something extra as the line approached to return $31.60 at Crownbet.
It was the first time the horse has raced outside NSW or Queensland in its short career, and the trainer believes the horse has improved since making the trip south.
“Looking at him today he’s come forward since coming from Sydney,” Moore told HorseBetting.com.au after the win.
“The good thing about him too is that he handles both surfaces. He’s won a Good 4 today and he’s ran second on a Soft 7 in Brisbane to Tangled in the Champagne, so he’s very versatile.”
Moore said he had no doubt the horse would have more to offer as the race entered the latter stages.
“Once he travelled off the bit the whole way and he hadn’t used any gas, then he gave him a rest at about the 400 or 500m mark, I knew when he let him down he’d find.
“They had been winning on the inside too, which was a big a plus.
“We always planned to lead and it panned out the way we wanted it.”
All Too Huiying lead into the straight today and was able to kick away and take out its second race in a row, but the trainer believes the horse has the ability to win under a multitude of racing conditions.
“He can also sit off the speed, he doesn’t have to lead but that’s the way we’ve been riding him at the present and that’s standing him in good stead.”
The race on Thursday was All Too Huiying’s fifth race this preparation, which has now yielded three consecutive wins.
Moore said there is an option to back the horse up at Sandown in just under two weeks time, but no decision has been made.
“I’ll speak to the owners tonight then we’ll make a decision as to whether we go to the Sandown Guineas or rest him.”
The Sandown Guineas will be the last race this preparation if All Too Huiying does take part, with a lengthy spell in the offing for the son of All Too Hard.
A tilt at The Championships in the autumn will be the next move for the colt, with the Magic Millions just beyond the scope of the three-year-old according to the trainer.
“The Sydney Derby will be his target.
“I don’t think we’ll go to the Magic Millions race day, because he’s not seasoned enough to win that 2200m race against the older horses.”