Hay List’s historic Newmarket win

Star Sydney sprinter Hay List defied history to win the Newmarket Handicap.

Hay List finally snared the major victory Black Caviar had cruelly denied him when he scored a historic win in today’s $1 million Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.

The New South Wales star, trained at Gosford by John McNair, set a metric weight-carrying record when he carted 58.5kg to a thrilling win over Buffering in Australia’s most prestigious sprint race.

It was the heaviest weight carried to victory in Newmarket since Gold Stakes carted the equivalent of 60kg to victory in 1959 and jockey Glyn Schofield was thrilled to see his prized mount have his time in the sun.

“I felt going down to the barriers that he was looking around saying, ‘where is she?’,” Schofield in reference to Hay List’s nemesis Black Caviar. “He had a lot of horses to look through, but he couldn’t find her.

“But all jokes aside, we’re happy with the win. I’m just grateful this fella’s got his name up in the winner’s stall.”

The victory added to a remarkable record that hasn’t got the recognition it deserved because of Black Caviar.

Hay List has now won three Group 1s, following victories in the 2010 Manikato Stakes and last year’s All Aged Stakes, and the only time he’s been beaten in the past seven starts has been four Group 1 second placings to Black Caviar.

The six-year-old son of Statue Of Liberty only jumped moderately in the Newmarket, but Schofield pushed through to race in the clear to the outside of leading duo Rain Affair and Buffering, who set the pace on the inside half of the track.

Hay List travelled sweetly until around the 400m, when Schofield started urging him along and while he responded he had a fight on his hands the 200m when Buffering kicked strongly.

Hay List ($3.80 fav) knuckled down gamely over the final 100m to nab the Queenslander, who started at $21, on the line and score by a half-head.

The result franked the form of the Lightning Stakes, when Hay List and Buffering ran second and third to Black Caviar, while Lightning fourth placegetter Foxwedge ($7.50) was a further two lengths away third in the Newmarket.

Outside the placegetters, Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready ($151) flashed home from third-last at the 400m to finish fourth, while Buffering’s stablemate, Oakleigh Plate winner Woorim ($21), also did his best work late to run fifth.

Schofield said Hay List didn’t travel all that sweetly and did a good job to register the 15th win of his 22-start career under the monster impost.

“With the big weight he wanted to race a little bit too much too early and I was trying to fight him, not too much, but just enough to get him back in behind Foxwedge and get a trail off that horse,” the jockey said.

“I said to John (McNair) early on I didn’t want to really make him carry his weight all the way, I just wanted to make him carry it inside the last furlong if I could.

“He hit the front probably inside the last furlong and he felt it, but fortunately he didn’t have one mare (Black Caviar) to chase down today.”

Shoot Out Sensational In Chipping Norton

Shoot Out notched career Group One win number three but his first for new trainer Chris Waller when he romped away with Saturday’s Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm.

Waller fought back tears after watching the recent stable addition race away from stablemate Danleigh to win by two lengths in a dominant performance.

“I am just the one lucky enough to take the credit for today,” an emotional Waller said moments after the victory.

“Thanks to the owners for giving him to me to train, it is a privilege to train a Derby winner and getting him back to Group One form.”

“Full credit to the owners, it wasn’t an easy decision,” Waller added. “(Former trainer) John Wallace has done a great job with the horse so for them to give me the chance to take over and give the horse a change of scenery, full credit to them.”

Raced by Queensland couple Graham and Linda Huddy, Shoot Out ($5) sat fourth for much of the race before coming with a strong run in the straight to hit the front and then race clear.

When the finish line was reached the classy five-year-old held a two length advantage over stablemate and proven multiple Group One winner Danleigh ($7.50).

Trusting ($7) was a further length and a quarter back in third place, while the favourite, reigning Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker ($2.40) struggled home in sixth place, almost six lengths from the winner.

Shoot Out’s winning rider Hugh Bowman described the two length success as “dominant.”

“I must admit I had mixed feelings about how he would go today,” the star jockey said.

“I felt he could have done more his last two runs, but you have to remember he was chasing an out and out sprinter (in Rain Affair) and this guy is a mile

An incredible $15,000 bargain buy from the Oaklands Stud draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Shoot Out sent his earnings soaring over $2.2 million with his latest victory.

A son of High Chaparral, Shoot Out is one of two group winners from three runners for the once winner Pentamerous.

A daughter of influential New Zealand sire Pentire, Pentamerous is a half sister to the Craiglee Stakes winner and Adelaide Cup runner-up Native Jazz.

Shoot Out wasn’t the only Magic Millions graduate successful on the Warwick Farm card.

Earlier both Kinnersley and Al Dharfra impressed at good each way odds for the Gai Waterhouse and Guy Walter stable respectively.

Manighar’s Australian Cup

Manighar provided Peter Moody and Luke Nolen with their maiden Australian Cup success.

Peter Moody and Luke Nolen’s Lexus Newmarket Handicap winning run came to an end, but Manighar ensured Victoria’s leading trainer/jockey combination got to celebrate feature success at Flemington on ‘Super Saturday’.

The English import, in his first preparation with Moody since being transferred from Luca Cumani, scored a fighting win in the $1 million Group 1 Dubai Australian Cup (2000m).

It provided the star duo with their maiden win in one of the signature events of the Melbourne Festival of Racing, atoning for King’s Rose’s unplaced effort in the Newmarket Handicap – a race Moody and Nolen had won the previous two years – 45 minutes earlier.

“I have never been competitive in one of these (Australian Cups) and I was a little bit cock-a-hoop about chasing my third Newmarket here today, but this well and truly makes up for it,” Moody said.

“It’s a great result. He is a terrific old horse and he has just enjoyed the change of routine and full credit to the Cumani team. He came here in great condition and we’ve just tinkered and played with him a bit and tried to mix it up.

“He’s really enjoyed what’s happening in Australia and you could nearly tag the green and gold number plate on him now.”

Manighar improved off good efforts at his first two starts for Moody, a Carlyon Cup win and Peter Young Stakes third placing, to outgun Southern Speed in a thrilling finish in front of 20,477 spectators.

Nolen found a prominent spot fourth on the outside aboard Manighar, but the grey gelding faced the breeze for much of the race with Glass Harmonium, who missed the start, opting for a trailing spot behind leader Illo.

Manighar ($7) was under pressure from the top of the straight and had a neck to make up on the Craig Williams-ridden Southern Speed ($8.50), who enjoyed a dream run just behind Manighar, at the 200m but dug deep to score by a nose from the Caulfield Cup winner in a bobbing go.

It atoned for the previous time Nolen was involved in an Australian Cup photo finish, with Sirmione when pipped by Zipping in 2010.

“I got beat a nose here one day by Zipping, when I rode Bart’s old horse, and I thought I had him that day but I was wrong when came back to scale. I wasn’t sure (today) and I asked Craig (Williams) and he wasn’t sure either.”

The result was also a relief for Terry Henderson and Simon O’Donnell’s OTI ownership group, which raced Bauer, who was famously nosed out of a Melbourne Cup in a similarly tight finish.

The first two home had a neck to spare on Americain, the heavily-backed $2.40 favourite, who raced towards the rear and moved into the race stylishly rounding the home turn but had too much to do.

Manighar will now head to Sydney’s Autumn Carnival, where the $2 million The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on 7 April is the aim.

All Too easy Sires’ Success

The VRC Sires Produce Stakes could have unearthed a star in All Too Hard.

All Too Hard might not be destined to forever be known as Black Caviar’s little brother after all, following a stunning win the $250,000 Henry Bucks VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Flemington.

The son of Casino Prince and Black Caviar’s dam Helsinge showed he possessed star qualities of his own when he produced a devastating turn of foot to demolish his rivals in the 1400-metre Group 2 event.

The victory followed an impressive debut win in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) on 18 February and merely confirmed the massive opinion Hall of Fame trainer John Hawkes has of him.

“He has always been a switched on horse,” Hawkes, who trains All Too Hard in partnership with sons Wayne and Michael, said. “From day one he has always wanted to be a racehorse and you have a lot of colts (that show ability), but he is one of those special colts.”
“We’ve trained a lot of good colts over the years and he’s certainly up there with them at this point in time. He is doing it as a young horse but he will be a much better three-year-old in my opinion.”

That’s a frightening thought given how impressive All Too Hard was in the Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Jockey Dwayne Dunn settled him in the second half of the big field and after edging him to the outside at the top of the straight, he asked for the supreme effort at the 300m.

Despite easing from $3.80 to $4.60, the favourite responded with an explosive turn of foot to coast to a four-length win over Pronto Pronto ($7), with $31 chance Road Trippin just a short-half-head away third.

Dunn was blown away by the performance and is determined to maintain his association with the valuable stud prospect.

“When I clicked him a little bit off the top corner he just picked them off straight away and I had to drop him back into neutral again and idle him for a while,” Dunn said.
“Once he pinned his ears like that I thought ‘I’ve finally found myself a good one’ so I’ve just got to tie myself onto him.
“It’s hard to go off too soon but obviously, with his pedigree, he has got a fair bit to live up. But he’s done everything we’ve asked of him so it was just an awesome win today.”

The big question after the race was whether All Too Hard, who is raced by Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm operation, would progress to the $3.5 million Golden Slipper on 7 April and Hawkes said he would let the horse make that decision.

“We’ll see what happens but we won’t rush into anything,” Hawkes said. “We’ll just see how he progresses from the run. He may or may not…we won’t rule anything out.”

Moody and Nolen chasing hat-trick

Peter Moody and Luke Nolen are chasing a third straight win in the Newmarket Handicap

His confidence levels aren’t what they were last year, but Peter Moody remains buoyant about King’s Rose’s hopes of continuing his and Luke Nolen’s stellar run in the $1 million Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington this Saturday.

Victoria’s dominant trainer/jockey combination are shooting for a historic third straight win in Australia’s most prestigious sprint race, having won the unforgettable 2010 storm edition with Wanted and last year’s race with legendary mare Black Caviar.

The 1200-metre event might be short of her best and barrier three not exactly the starting position Moody hoped for, but this has long been the first-up target for the former Kiwi mare, who will carry 54.5kg.

“She’s in great shape,” Moody said. “I’m a little disappointed with the draw, usually (when you draw) barrier three you’ve got elation all over your face, but up the straight that’s a bit questionable.

“But she’ll get a long way back you would think in a Newmarket, which looks like being solidly run.

“She’s going super, she was a good winner first-up last prep and we’ve targeted this race since the spring.”

The Newmarket Handicap will be the Redoute’s Choice four-year-old’s first start since running second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) on 5 November.

That rounded out a super maiden campaign for Moody that started with Group 2 wins in the Memsie and Stocks Stakes and included an additional Group 1 second placing in the Toorak Handicap and Cox Plate hard-luck story.

Not only would victory see King’s Rose become the first horse in 95 years to win the Newmarket first-up from a spell, it would provide Moody and Nolen with a feat yet to be achieved in 137 years of the race.

Back-to-back training successes have been achieved 10 times – including three by eight-time winner Bart Cummings – in the Newmarket, while seven jockeys have won the race two years in a row, but no trainer or jockey has completed a hat-trick.

Despite Moody and Nolen’s Newmarket record, King’s Rose is a $21 chance, after opening at $26, in TAB Sportsbet’s market, which is headed by 58.5kg topweight Hay List ($3.60).

While Moody has a fine record in the Newmarket Handicap, he is yet to win the day’s other $1 million Group 1 – the Dubai Australian Cup – but considers English import Manighar the ideal horse to break his duck.

The grey gelding enters the race off a Carlyon Cup win and Peter Young Stakes third placing and Moody hopes having two runs under his belt will prove significant.

“Lucas Cranach beat him fair and square the other day but he’s going into it second-up, a bit like we were the other day, and Americain first up,” Moody said.

“There hasn’t been a lot between these horses probably the last season here, so I’m going in thinking I’ve got a live chance with a fit and well horse.”