All Too Hard has been confirmed for a run in the Run To The Rose at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.
The three-year-old had been nominated for three races in total, with the Memsie Stakes and HDF McNeil Stakes at Caulfield also on his radar.
All Too Hard will be meeting Pierro in the Run To The Rose for the first time since the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes in April, where Pierro emerged as victor.
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes revealed that the Casino Prince colt would be given his opportunity to turn the tables this weekend.
“He’ll run in Sydney on Saturday in the lead-up to the Golden Rose,” Hawkes said.
Hawkes is hopeful a change in race gear will help All Too Hard to gain the upper hand.
“Winkers or blinkers, he’s going to have one or the other,” he said.
“These are little things we are tinkering with to make sure he’s right for the Group One (Golden Rose).”
The $1 million Golden Rose will take place at Rosehill on September 15, and will be All Too Hard’s next chance to claim his first Group 1 title.
All Too Hard will go into this weekend’s Run To The Rose race fit after competing in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes earlier this month.
The young colt finished third behind Snitzerland and Driefontein in the race, despite being the odds on favourite.
According to Hawkes, the defeat was due to a bad start and slow race tempo.
The trainer was impressed with the run, which leads him to believe he can beat Pierro this spring.
“We weren’t disappointed with his run because his sectionals were outstanding,” Hawkes said.
“But if you miss the kick it’s all over, isn’t it?”
All Too Hard has currently won three of his five race starts and earned more than $430,000 in prize money since being purchased for $1.025 million as a yearling.