Injury plagued galloper Hay List is out of Saturday’s Group 1 $350,000 Canterbury BMW Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill after a recurrence of a hoof injury.
Trainer John McNair wanted to use the Galaxy to fit Hay List for the Group 1 $1m Darley T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick on April 13 but the giant sprinter will now have to go into the weight for age sprint with four weeks in between runs.
Hay List has been plagued by a long list of injuries and the hind foot complaint has flared up again after troubling the seven year old in the build-up for his return after being on the sideline for almost twelve months recovering from knee surgery.
At his first run since March last year Hay List needed the run when a tiring fourth to Snitzerland in the Group 2 $175,000 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Warwick Farm on March 16.
McNair still has his sights set on the T J Smith and another possible clash with Black Caviar if the tough sprinter can recover in time.
Racing New South Wales chief steward Ray Murrihy said the McNair had reported that Hay List had some work done on his troublesome hoof but the seven year old should be right for the T J Smith.
“They have cleaned out the hoof that has obviously flared up again,” Murrihy said.
“John McNair rang to inform us of the situation and said he thinks it shouldn’t interfere with plans to run in the TJ Smith Stakes.
“Dr Nick Kannegieter did the work, there has been an infection there, they scraped it out, so obviously he is not fit to start on Saturday but John has said it is not the end of the campaign as far as he is concerned.”
The Gerald Ryan trained Snitzerland will be sent out favourite after her recording breaking Warwick Farm win but the three year old won’t have it all her own way with multiple Group 1 winner Sea Siren making her first appearance for the Autumn.
Sea Siren has an excellent first up record winning both the Group 1 $500,000 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 26 and the Group 1 $400,000 Bundaberg Distilling Co. BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben during last year’s Brisbane Winter Carnival both when resuming a break.
The Fastnet Rock mare is having her first run since a disappointing ninth to Lord Kanaloa in the Group 1 HK$15m Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on December 9.
The John O’Shea trained four year old went to Hong Kong as one of the favourites after winning the Manikato Stakes beating the Peter Snowden trained Mental who then reversed the placings in the Group 1 $1m Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 10.
“She had no luck in Hong Kong where she was absolutely poleaxed, and it will be nice to turn things around for the owners and trainer John O’Shea. She’s going great,” regular rider Jim Cassidy said.