A capacity field of Stradbroke Handicap hopefuls...
Hay List was without usual jockey Glyn Schofield who suffered a suspected broken collarbone in the previous race, the Sydney Cup, and the ride went to Glen Boss.
A number of horses were scratched from the field after the downgrading of the track, with Rangirangdoo, All Silent, Eagle Falls and Demerit all deciding to skip the Group 1 race.
Starting the favourite, Hay List lead all the way in the 1400m race and had a comfortable lead coming into the straight. Boss let him go and he pulled away before being allowed to coast over the line in an easy win. It was a one horse race, with the rest left to fight it out for the minor placings, Hinchinbrook was the best of the rest grabbing second from Heart Of Dreams and Melito.
It was a great result today for Hay List and trainer John McNair, showing that he is one of the top sprinting horses and that he would win more if he didn’t always run into superstar mare Black Caviar. Glen Boss was full of praise for the giant 5 year old gelding, but it was a bitter-sweet win for big race specialist jockey, who was noticeably upset that Schofield missed the ride.
The Goodwood, a Group 1 race at Morphettville on May 7, could be next on the cards for Hay List depending on whether transport can be arranged.
Prior to the running of the All Aged Stakes a moving tribute package was played for champion mare Hot Danish who was sadly euthanised last week after suffering a terrible leg infection. Hot Danish was last year’s winner of the All Aged Stakes and a popular horse with Sydney racegoers.
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