Hay List pays for slick Rosehill gallop
Gosford trainer John McNair is counting the cost of Hay List’s scintillating exhibition gallop between races at Saturday’s Rosehill meeting.
Hay List worked with the David Payne-trained Centennial Park on a firm Rosehill track with the pair breaking 32 seconds for their last 600 metres but the gallop has jeopardised McNair’s plans for the giant gelding to resume in the Group II Expressway Stakes on February 5.
McNair said Hay List jarred up badly, forcing him to ice the son of Statue Of Liberty’s legs in a bid to keep his autumn campaign on track.
“I wouldn’t have galloped him on that track if I knew it was that firm,” McNair told the Sydney Morning Herald.
”Hard tracks are no good to any horses and for a big horse like him that hits the ground so hard, it was no good at all. It certainly has taken a toll.”
McNair said he would wait before making a decision on Hay List’s appearance in the Expressway Stakes before the former Perth sprinter heads to Melbourne to tackle Black Caviar in the Group I Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 19.
“I don’t know what I will do with him at the moment because he is feeling his legs,” McNair said.
“We’ll just see if he improves in the next week or so. I’m not ruling out the Expressway yet but he won’t run if he is not right.”