John McNair’s veteran galloper Hay List is one of the super stars set to trial at Royal Randwick this Friday before the injury-prone champ’s likely return in the 2013 Missile Stakes next month.
Randwick will come to life for the trials with a host of spring heroes on display including Gai Waterhouse’s Melbourne Cup hopefuls in the first with the likes of the Queen’s horse Carlton House, The Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold and early fancy Fiorente all set to face off.
In the second trial of the morning Hay List is then engaged in a 1000m trial where their rivals include seven Waterhouse-trained sprinters including More Than Ready colt Ashokan, last year’s Blue Diamond runner-up No Looking Back and Golden Slipper third place-getter Sweet Idea.
A triple Group 1 winner, Hay List hasn’t raced since he broke down during arch rival Black Caviar’s swansong race.
He finished 19 lengths away 10th to the Black Flash in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) beating home just one other runner in the April 13 feature.
While his career has been plagued by life-threatening illnesses, injuries and other setbacks with retirement talks aplenty McNair is confident the old Hay List can return.
“He’s great,” McNair said according to AAP.
“So far so good.”
The horse had an earlier trial at Randwick on July 19 finishing a close second over 800m with this Friday’s hitout to sharpen them up before their likely first-up run in the $125,000 Group 3 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 10.
“The Missile Stakes is where we’re headed,” McNair confirmed.
There may be a number of doubters saying Hay List’s best days are behind him but McNair is hoping they will come out in force and silence the critics this spring.
If successful in the Missile Stakes it would be the first win by Hay List since the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) back in March last year.
McNair is being ambitious with his spring hopes for Hay List too saying he would love to take them to all the major sprints culminating with the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day, November 9.
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