Hard To Hold/Time For War
Currently favourite for the Golden Slipper is TIME FOR WAR’s unbeaten colt Time To Reign. Time For War’s first crop 2YOs have really hit the ground running, with his other two starters to-date both placing on debut. This colt by TIME FOR WAR (Snitzel) is the first foal for Hard to Hold, a multiple city winner by ELUSIVE CITY (Elusive Quality).
Hard To Hold is a daughter of the tough 2YO Vanny Fair (Van Nistlerooy) who won on debut in January of her 2YO year before rounding off her 2YO season with a second to MARTINI RED in the Listed Breeders’ Plate in July. Martini Red was a Stakes winner on a further three occasions and also placed second to MUFHASA in the Group One Telegraph Handicap.
Hard To Hold’s second dam FRENCH FLUTE (Jugah) was also a 2YO winner, winning the Listed Morphettville Plate on debut.
The SNITZEL/ELUSIVE QUALITY cross is extremely successful with seven winners from ten runners, and four of those are Stakes performers; DRACARYS, 1st Group Three Up and Coming Stakes, MODERN WONDER, 1st Listed Dequetteville Stakes, NOMOTHAJ, 1st Listed Football Stakes and Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes, and Air Apparent, 2nd Group Three Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes.