Hay List (Statute Of Liberty) staked an early claim for championship honours with a brilliant victory in the $200,000 McEwen Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m) at Moonee Valley.
Glyn Schofield was required only to steer as Hay List always travelled strongly, looming up alongside Catapulted (Catbird) into the straight before bounding clear. At the end of the 1000 metres Hay List had a length and a half to spare over a game Catapulted with Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel) a further two and a half lengths further back in third.
“I’m still shaking! This horse is a very very good horse and it is so exciting to be associated with an animal like him,” trainer John McNair said, adding “he could go to the top this horse.”
“There are probably three or four races down here that would suit him, then we will sit down and talk about what comes after that.”
Jockey Glyn Schofield echoed McNair’s thoughts. “He is a very exciting animal, as his runs have shown since coming east,” Schofield said. “He has gone north and south and blown them a way both times; good horses have a V8, this guy is jet propelled.
He toyed with this lot and they were a very talented bunch.”
“John has a lot of horse to work with.”
Trainer Mark Kavanagh summed it up in a single sentence. “He just broke Catapulted’s heart.”
Hay List is by STATUE OF LIBERTY who stands at Eliza Park Stud at Romsey where his fee in 2010 is advertised at $17,600.
The winner of 10 of his 12 starts, Hay List has earned $497,625.
- ANZ Bloodstock News, 12 September