Newmarket Handicap winner Hay List will have one more Melbourne run before heading back to Sydney to round off his Autumn campaign.
And a clash with super mare Black Caviar in unlikely with trainer John McNair virtually ruling out Royal Ascot in June.
“I’d say it is very unlikely he will go to England,” McNair said.
“Singapore is an option but (owner) Terry Davenport has his concerns about going there because it can be very hot and humid. I’ll do whatever Terry wants me to do.”
McNair has selected the Group 1 WFA $400,000 Power Tracker William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 23 for his outstanding sprinter to run in before returning to Sydney.
All going well the six year old could front up in the Group 2 $175,000 Challenge Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 31 and with Black Caviar out of the way, the Group 1 $1m Darley T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick on April 14 after running second to the mighty mare last year.
And back to back wins in the Group 1 $400,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 28 looks promising after cruising to an easy win in the Weight For Age race last Autumn.
Hay List didn’t let anybody down when he stepped onto Flemington last Saturday to produce one of the best performances in history in the $1m Newmarket to carry top weight of 58.5kg to win narrowly from the courageous Buffering who made him tough it out right to finish.
Winning jockey Glyn Schofield was full praise for the tough war horse and was proud to be associated with such a great race horse.
“He got to the front inside the last furlong, he felt it you know and fortunately he didn’t have that one mare to chase down today and he was a history maker today,” Schofield said after the Newmarket win.
The great sprinter was still turning heads after the race when he appeared in the stall area wearing a full body suit as he cooled down.
McNair has been using the compression suit for a couple of weeks which is made of a revolutionary moisture-management fabric.
“It is basically like a compression suit,” McNair said.
“You see a lot of cyclists, footballers and other sports people use them. They are designed to aid recovery, help with muscle fatigue.”
“We have been using them on Hay List for a couple of weeks now and it makes a huge difference.”
Because Hay List has had many injury problems over the past years, McNair was on the lookout for anything that would help his top sprinter recovery after track work and races and found this product that enhances blood flow, reduces the onset of muscle soreness and speeds up recovery.
McNair said that the suit has zippers everywhere and takes about 90 seconds to put on and there are similar suits in the making that will be able to be worn during track work so as to monitor the horse’s heart rate, breathing and even the length of its stride.