Not letting the unfavourable barrier draw dampen his spirits, Hay List’s trainer John McNair is still confident that his horse will shake things up tomorrow.
The trainer is adamant that Hay List has improved significantly since his trial where he blitzed the opposition by an incredible seven and a half lengths.
“He’s improved since,” McNair said.
While the trainer is not willing to say he can beat Black Caviar after the barrier draw revealed he would start on her outside, he is sure that Hay List will not let her get away with an easy victory.
“Like I’ve said before she’s a freak over her pet distance,” McNair said.
“All I can tell you is that I’m confident that he’s going to run well.
“And there won’t be as much of a distance between them as there has been in the past.”
McNair said that all he needs is a little bit of luck, something that he hasn’t had much of when it comes to Hay List in the past.
“I just need something to go wrong for her and right for us,” McNair said.
“You never wish for something to go wrong… but I won’t ever knock back an advantage.”
If Black Caviar proves too good for Hay List once again, McNair will most likely take the talented five-year-old to the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap where he won’t be given such a high weight.
“Should we get beat we will probably not get that much of a weight in the Stradbroke,” McNair said.
Hay List will attempt to bring Black Caviar’s winning streak to an end in the BTC Cup in Race 7 tomorrow.