Hay List back-hander for Black Caviar

Hay List stepped out of Black Caviar’s shadow on Saturday and gave the world-champion mare a back-handed compliment at Randwick.

A clear second-best to Black Caviar since arriving from Perth, he gained handsome compensation with a dominant victory in the $500,000 G1 All-Aged Stakes.

Hay List (5g Statue Of Liberty – Sing Hallelujah by Is It True) stepped straight to the front and that was the last his rivals saw of the brilliant gelding.  He kept going further ahead in the straight to score by more than three lengths from Hinchinbrook and Heart Of Dreams.

“I’d love to have seen what he would have done on a dry track,” trainer John McNair said.  “He struggled at Warwick Farm a month ago and then improved behind Black Caviar in the T J Smith.  And he’s improved again for the All-Aged.”

McNair indicated Hay List won’t follow Black Caviar to Brisbane.  Instead, he will be set for the G1 Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville next month.  

Stand-in jockey Glen Boss was in awe of Hay List.  “He just oozes so much power it’s incredible.  He relaxed out in front and is the best sprinter I have ever ridden.  He’s a superstar – so how good is Black Caviar?”

The Black Caviar – Hay List rivalry is a win – win situation for Eliza Park Stud.

Black Caviar has elevated her sire Bel Esprit into fourth place on the Australia sires’ premiership with earnings of $5.56 million so far this season.  He cost $27,500 a cover at Eliza Park in 2010.

Hay List has won 14 races and $1.65 million to give fellow Eliza Park sire Statue of Liberty a tremendous kick-along since his return to Australia.  He stood for $17,600 at the Kerrie property last year.

Hay List is a homebred for West Australian breeders Terry and Liz Davenport.  His dam Sing Hallelujah won races at Belmont (4) and Northam for the Davenports and Bunbury trainer Chrissie Stelmach.  She foaled another colt by Statue Of Liberty in August last year.