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After an historical win in the Newmarket Handicap on Flemington’s Super Saturday over the weekend, connections of colossal sprinter Hay List are seriously considering a return trip to Queensland’s capital to target the Doomben 10,000 and BTC Cup during the Brisbane Winger Racing Carnival 2012.
Having played second-fiddle to the unparalleled genius that is Black Caviar throughout much of his career, the John McNair-trained Statue Of Liberty six-year-old finally got the chance to add a third elite level title to their record in the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m).
Just two runs back from a nine month spell during which Hay List overcame a life-threatening leg infection, the now $2.47 million earner overcame a horror barrier and record-breaking weight to win the Newmarket in a thrilling photo finish with Queensland raider Buffering.
Hay List also beat to Rob Heathcote-trained Buffering in his last run of 2011 prior to injuring himself when the duo finished two-three behind Black Caviar in last year’s BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben.
The BTC Cup run came one after Hay List became a dual Group 1 winner with a big win in the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in April on a Heavy (10) track.
The horse’s owners are now keen to head back to Brisbane for a second shot at the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) on March 12.
Last year Hay List was on track to back up from his BTC Cup second and run in the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).
He cut his leg in his stall between the BTC Cup and the Doomben 10,000, however, and was immediately sent out to recover.
The 2012 Doomben 10,000 on May 26 could be Hay List’s chance to atone.
McNair confirmed that owners were shying away from a trip to Royal Ascot in England or Singapore this year for Hay List and liked what Brisbane had on offer more and more.
“Terry (Davenport, managing co-owner) has a concern about the Singapore section of the plan because he has been there several times and says it’s very hot,” McNair explained.
“I don’t have the same concerns, but Terry owns the horse and what Terry wants to do with him, this is his baby.
“If that doesn’t materialise, we’ve got the BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000.”
McNair and the Davenport’s ideas of what to do with Hay List were opposed leading up to the Newmarket with his trainer disgusted with the heavy weight allocation and keen to bypass the event.
Davenport’s overruling decision to go ahead with running proved lucrative and surprised even McNair.
“I can’t put it into words,” he said of the win.
“Because he’s such a beautiful, lovely creature along with his blessed ability, on top of the emotions, we’re still coming to terms with it.”
Adding even more gleam to a Brisbane appearance is the fact that as part of the Brisbane Racing Club’s newly-recognised Australasian sprint series, the Newmarket Handicap victory entitled Hay Lists to an all-expenses-paid trip to the Queensland Racing Carnival.
Before heading to Brisbane Hay List will first tackle the $500,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 23.
This could be followed by a possible title defense in the $175,000 Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) on April 1, a run in the $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) a race he finished second to Black Caviar in last autumn and then the $400,000 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) for another shot at successive wins in an autumn feature at Randwick on April 28.
“His next run will be here in the William Reid,” McNair confirmed.
“Then he’ll go quite possibly the same route as last year.
“We’ll go the Challenge, the TJ and the All Aged then it’s up to Terry as to whether he wants to go to Singapore or to Brisbane.
“He’s pulled up better than he did after the lightning and I think he probably races a bit better at the Valley than what he does the straight myself.
The 2012 William Reid Stakes is also on the agenda for Buffering and their stablemate, Oakleigh Plate winner Woorim who finished a credible fifth in the Newmarket.
“Everyone was saying it was the best Newmarket in 50 years, so I guess what I take most pleasure from is what ‘Buff’ did to the rest of the field,” Heathcote said.
“My bloke is only four and the horses that are beating us have an extra season or two of racing under their belt.
“His time in the sun will come for sure.”
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