David Payne times All Too Soon's run for long-awaited Vinery victory

Rosehill trainer David Payne has carefully-crafted the preparation of All Too Soon to make sure she didn’t arrive in the stakes grade before her time and to hopefully get a group 1 victory for the family he knows so well.

The former South African wanted her to get experience and stay at her distance range before taking one of the better editions of the Vinery Stud Stakes on home turf on Saturday.

Payne knows the characteristics of All Too Soon's family, which is owned by one of his biggest supporters, John Cordina. He knows how close they have been to a group 1, training All Too Soon’s mother in Gallant Tess and half-brother Rock Hero.

“Gallant Tess was five-wide in the Coolmore Classic [when fourth to Eskimo Queen in 2008] and that was probably her group 1," Payne said. "She was great mare on the track, she won a couple of group 2s and was placed five times at group 1. She left us Rock Hero, which won a Listed race over 1800m and if he didn’t go in the wind would have won much better races.

“Now we have All Too Soon and it has been about getting her to this race the best way we could. She didn't need to be taking on the fillies until now when she is in her comfort zone."

So, All Too Soon taking her first step into stakes company at start 10 is by design.

"She is a staying filly and we didn’t want to break her heart in those shorter races against the fillies," Payne said. "We have been able to use the benchmark races to get her here with a solid grounding. "She is a very good filly and she has always shown that she would need ground. She just keeps getting better and it’s the best I have had her but it will need to be because this is best edition of this race I have seen."

All Too Soon might have won three of her nine starts, but she meets a group of fillies including group 1 winner Aloisia and Alizee and a raft of group performed talent.

She won her maiden at Randwick on Melbourne Cup day last year, an 1800m contest, before a break but has returned a stronger filly with a 1400m win at Kembla before stepping up 1800m at Rosehill for another win and running second against the older horses at 1900m a couple of weeks ago.

“She probably should have won her last four. She was very good last time and just gave up too much start,” Payne said. “I just wanted to keep stepping her up in distance and didn’t want to go backwards. I think she is probably going to better at the Oaks trip of 2400m, but she is definitely up to these fillies at 2000m."

Copy: Chris Roots, Sydney Morning Herald


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