Fresh from his Newmarket victory at Flemington on 10 March, Hay List will be having his first crack at the William Reid Stakes-G1 at Moonee Valley on Friday night, attempting to ‘double, double’ two of the nation’s most prestigious sprints.
Hay List’s Newmarket win followed up that of Black Caviar’s 12 months earlier and he is now following a similar path to racing’s superstar by attempting to eclipse the Reid.
If Hay List is successful on Friday, Eliza Park sired horses will have won the last two William Reids, the last two Newmarkets (plus Wanted in 2010), the last two Patinack Farm Classics, the last two Lightnings, the last CF Orr and one of the last two Manikatos.
When you take into account that there are only eight Group One open sprints staged in racing’s capital every year, it’s a fairly enviable strike rate.
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