The ease with which Black Caviar won over the spring carnival was almost embarrassing but that hasn’t stopped Peter Davenport declaring her a sure thing to be beaten next year.
Davenport is a part owner of Hay List, a horse that to be fair is probably the only one to ever put up any sort of a fight against her.
That said he has been handily beaten on a number of occasions so it’d take a brave man to pick him over the unbeaten superstar.
That’s exactly what he’s done though as connections step up the publicity around Hay list leading into 2012.
There are two reasons for this, firstly because he missed the entire spring carnival due to injury and secondly to ensure accurate information in the media.
In fact they have now completely taken over all inquiries regarding Hay List after being furious with reports recently that he was to switch trainers.
Davenport says his father Terry was misquoted before rumours ran rampant that Hay List was to leave John McNair’s stables for Melbourne.
He says another bonus of the new arrangement is that McNair can now focus 100 percent on getting the horse perfect.
Devonport certainly isn’t being shy with the media in his newly assumed role either, he says next year expect to see Black Caviar chasing home Hay List for a change.
“It’s my prerogative as owner to say silly things like that. I will end up either with egg on my face or a slap on the back,” Davenport said.
“But Hay List has never been on his game when he’s taken on Black Caviar – never.
“When the moon and the stars are in alignment, he’ll be the horse to beat her – I guarantee it.”
The race he’s pinpointed for this to happen is the 1200m TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick which he lost to her this year.
In fact Hay List has raced her four times with no luck, three times finishing in a clear second place well ahead of third.
Devonport says he’s ready to turn the tables though as he’s fully recovered from an illness they never accurately diagnosed.
“It was an infection, some sort of a super bug,” Davenport said
“How he’s returned, he’s never been better and that’s a bit scary for us.”
If Hay List misses out in the TJ Smith he’ll likely get another shot over at the Royal Ascot carnival in June.
After that it will be back home for the spring and a program that could extend in distance all the way to the Cox Plate.