Brilliant Hay List captures the Manikato
In a word … AWESOME! In a sizzling display in the Group One Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last night, it appears that STATUE OF LIBERTY flyer Hay List has taken up the mantle of Australia’s best sprinter.
Although missing the start by a smidge and having a slight wobble on the turn for home, Hay List was clearly untroubled to take out his first Group One with the promise of plenty more.
Trainer John McNair was – understandably – toey before the race and while he said that he’d never had Hay List as fit, he was slightly concerned about the horse racing under lights.
It seems that John will never be afraid of the dark again and, ominously, warned that he couldn’t wait for Hay List to race down the Flemington straight in the Patinack Farm Classic-G1 on Emirates Stakes Day (probably after a lead up in the Moir Stakes-G2 at the Valley on the Cox Plate program).
Meanwhile, South African jockey Glyn Schofield admitted his charge was up there with the greats and revealed that Hay List still had plenty of improvement in him!
In a Group One 1, 2 for Eliza Park, the Marion Smart bred and owned True Persuasion put in a career best performance to run second behind Hay List and the son of BEL ESPRIT has now won over $300,000 from four wins and six placings.