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22 April 2012

Making Hay

It's a well used statement that in any other era, Hay List would be proclaimed the best sprinter in the land, and perhaps the world.  The hulking son of Statue of Liberty has a fine record, but he has had to live in the shadow of the mighty mare Black Caviar, who has defeated him soundly on every occasion the 2 sprinters have met.

However, after "Nelly" again relegated him to 2nd place in the G1 Lightning Stakes for the 2nd successive year, her trainer Peter Moody elected not to start his great champion in the 2012 Newmarket Handicap, where she had been burdened with a crushing weight of 60kg.  And his decision left the door wide open for the perennial bridesmaid Hay List to win an overdue G1 race.  He swept down the outside late, to nail the gallant Buffering right on the line, to win by a whisker.  It was great theatre, and no one on course begrudged him his victory.

Hay List has also been injury and illness plagued.  He has bad feet, and last year, after making Black Caviar extend in the BTC Cup, he was withdrawn on the eve of the Doombeen 10,000 due to a colic attack and a nasty leg infection.  There were fears for the great horse's life, but he survivied, due to the expert eye of his devoted trainer John McNair and a highly skilled veterinary team.

Alas, after the horse then ran a gallant but perhaps jaded 2nd to Foxwedge in the 2012 William Reid Stakes, he suffered yet another colic attack, and then injured his knee coming out of surgery.  I hope all is well for this warrior of the turf.

Drawing breath, and beginning the catching up

I'm sitting, finally, in my new lounge room at my desk.  Although we moved in on 31 March, I've only spent a total of 7 nights here in my new home, because of the amount of time I have spent 'on the road', and it feels nice to be here again.  And it's fair to say that this Blog has been hopelessly neglected during the last 6 weeks or so.  And for that, I am sorry.

There's been a lot going on, so it has not been a lack of equine or photographic activity that has caused this Blog to lie idle.   However the search for, and eventual success in finding a new house had to take priority, and then moving during what is my 2nd busiest time of the year, well, it's a process.

So where to start?  I had to go back to my hard drives to recall exactly where I've been, but I was, officially, at Rosehill Gardens for the running of the Silver Slipper Stakes on 3 March 2012.  The highlight of the day was clearly the win of the handsome Lonhro colt Pierro, in the Silver Slipper.  This colt would remain unbeaten, and take the Todman Stakes, the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes (defeating the hot favourite Samaready), and then the G1 AJC Sires Stakes (where he defeated the boom colt, and half brother to the mighty champion and my darling Pony in Black Caviar, All Too Hard).

Pierro returned on 3 March 2012, and duly took the Silver Slipper.  2 from 2 for the handsome Lonhro colt..

Manawanui (right) was first across the line in the Hobartville, but lost the race on protest to the Gai Waterhouse trained Wild and Proud.