Despite previous fears star sprinter Hay List’s career may have come to an end, trainer John McNair has found new reasons to be optimistic after a successful operation last Wednesday.
After suffering a bout of colic earlier this year, Australia’s second best sprinter undertook a further blow when injuring his knee.
But McNair said he had been surprised by how quickly he has begun to recover from last week’s operation, leaving him hopeful that he may get a chance to race on.
“He had another operation last Wednesday and a very large piece of bone was taken out of the back of the knee, about the size of a macadamia nut,” he said.
“He has recovered extremely well from the operation.
“The horse is remarkable. I’m starting to grow more and more confident about the fact he will race again.”
McNair said Hay List is “the reason I’m still training” and dares to dream that he may come back to win another Group 1 title.
A winner of 15 of 23 starts, the seven-year-old has won twice at Group 1 level including in the prestigious Newmarket Handicap earlier this year.
Hay List will undergo an arthroscope on his knee in October and provided he continues to recover successfully, he will resume light work early next year.
“We would be hoping to put him back into a bit of light training just after Christmas time,” McNair said.
“Maybe January next year and we’ll just take it from there.
“I’ll be satisfied once he gets back and wins another Group One race, then I’ll feel like I’ve done my job right.”
With Hay List and Black Caviar both nearing the end of their careers, there appears to be a changing of the guard in the sprinting world.
Neither will line up at Melbourne’s Spring Carnival giving Queensland sprinter Buffering his best chance yet to claim his first Group 1 victory.