Hay List on song
Glyn Schofield has seen enough from outstanding sprinter Hay List in the past few months to know the hulking sprinter is ready for the challenge that presents itself at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Hay List will line up in the Group Two Schweppes Stakes (1200m), in which Black Caviar, Hot Danish and Melito are also among the nominations, on the undercard to the Cox Plate.
“It’s a terrific race and he (Hay List) will be taking on some horses he’s never met before, but they haven’t met him before either,” Schofield said.
“It’s going to be a good race.”
Schofield was at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning to put Hay List through his paces at Breakfast With The Best and said the in-form sprinter was on target to continue his outstanding form so far this preparation.
Hay List won the McEwen Stakes (1000m) and Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley at his first two starts this preparation and then added the Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last start.
“He’s put them all to the test that he’s raced against so far and he’s shown them all what he can do,” Schofield said.
“I’m pretty confident that he’ll be doing the same on Saturday.”
The John McNair-trained sprinter worked with Snow Alert at Moonee Valley on Tuesday in a pleasing hitout.
“He’s not a flash worker by any means and if anything it’s probably the best that he has worked when I’ve ridden him at the track in the morning,” Schofield said.
Hay List has only tasted defeat once in five starts since moving to the eastern seaboard from Western Australia and that was in his first start for McNair in the June Stakes at Randwick.
Schofield rode the gelding that day but was then forced to watch from Sydney as the sprinter demolished his opposition by five lengths in the Healy Stakes in Brisbane.
“That was frustrating because I was not there to ride him,” Schofield said.
“But I was always told when he comes back that he was my ride, so I was pretty happy about that.
“He showed that day in Brisbane what a force he was going to be this spring, and that’s definitely the case.
“He’s a very exciting horse.”