No soreness and no Black Caviar means Hay List is every chance of claiming victory in this weekend’s Challenge Stakes at Warwick Farm Racecourse.
Glyn Schofield was pleased with what he saw after taking Hay List through his last pieces of work before the Group 2 over 1000m this Sunday.
Schofield hadn’t been aboard the muscular sprinter since he was sensationally scratched on the eve of a Black Caviar showdown in the Newmarket Handicap.
The reason for the withdrawal was put down to soreness in one of his shoulders but there appears to be no lingering traces of the ailment.
“He did a bit of pacework, his last piece of work before Sunday, and he felt good,” Schofield said.
“Normally he is no flash horse in the mornings but he feels good, he looks good and I’m pretty happy with him.”
Hay List has won 12 of 16 starts but was no match for Black Caviar, however connections are hoping he can defeat his contenders in the 2011 Challenge Stakes in a similar manner.
“There’s no Black Caviar in there which will be nice, and I’m looking forward to it,” Schofield said.
“Obviously he’s got to win it first, but without her in the race it probably makes things a lot easier.
“I’m sure it will be an interesting race nonetheless with the other runners, so he’s still going to need to be on top of his game.”
There are just seven acceptors for the race so there’s every chance Hay List will be a big short priced favourite.
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Also remember to check back for our 2011 Challenge Stakes Field & Form Guide coming soon!