STABLE TALK: Sprinters back in fast lane

THE two best sprinters in the world, Black Caviar and Hay List, are getting back to wowing crowds.

It was Hay List yesterday at the Wyong meeting for an exhibition gallop.

Tomorrow the unbeaten Black Caviar goes to the Caulfield meeting for a hit-out.

Gosford warrior Hay List finally made it back to a race meeting yesterday.

Hay List, which has been racked with injuries, has not raced since March 23 last year when he finished second to Foxwedge in the group1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley.

At his previous start Hay List lumped 48.5kilograms to win Flemington’s Newmarket Handicap.

Hay List is of course the only horse which has come close to beating Black Caviar in Australia. But he has also been subject to many injuries and bad luck.

He had to be operated on for colic then badly injured a leg after the operation.

‘‘He is about 635 or 640 kilos right now and of course he is going on a diet,’’ trainer John McNair said with a laugh.

McNair was happy with his horse, which worked on the course proper by himself.

Jockeys came out of the riders’ room to watch, rival trainers took notice and the crowd moved to the rails to have a look at him.

‘‘He wasn’t out to do anything, but his ears pricked up when he could hear the crowd,’’ McNair said.

‘‘It has been a while since he has been in that type of environment.

‘‘I am not having any trouble with the leg that has kept him away for so long.

‘‘If things continue to go well, he could be back racing in the autumn in the Challenge Stakes in Sydney or maybe the winter in Brisbane.’’

 ■  Wyong apprentice Serg Lisnyy will be out to make the most of his chance on Ichihara at Rosehill tomorrow.

Lisnyy was suspended for a month for his ride on Lucarno at Gosford on Wednesday.

Stewards found that Lisnyy,  by not trying to maintain the lead, had not given Lucarno every chance to obtain the best possible position.

His month suspension starts on Wednesday which means he still has a chance to  impress on brilliant filly Ichihara in the Spotless Sprint over 1100m at Rosehill.

Lisnyy, from Ukraine, has started to make his mark in the provincial and country areas.

Last year he won the $60,000 Muswellbrook Cup over 1500m on  November 6 on  Zabu.

He has moved from Gosford to Wyong under the care of Kim Waugh.

His chance to go to town on  Ichihara shows Lisnyy is made of the right stuff.

Ichihara’s trainer, Allan Denham, believes Lisnyy has earned his chance.

Denham recently moved entirely from Rosehill to Wyong and is now in a new 26-stable set-up on course at the Central Coast track.

‘‘Serg came to me one morning and said he would be there if I needed someone to ride any horse in trackwork,’’ Denham said.

‘‘He was true to his word and has been riding a heap of work for me. 

‘‘I have been watching him ride in races and most times he is going well so I decided to give him the chance to win a Saturday race with Ichihara.’’

Ichihara has not raced since finishing fourth in the Sir Brian Crowley Stakes at  Randwick over 1200m on October 20. The race was won by Better Than Ready, which is a rival tomorrow.

Ichihara has already won just shy of $300,000  from four wins from only eight starts.

She trialled impressively at Gosford last week, winning a smart heat over 800m.

‘‘She is going well and Serg’s claim will help her,’’ Denham said.

Lisnyy’s 3 kilogram claim brings Ichihara into the race with 55.5 kilograms, which is just 0.5 kilograms over the minimum weight.

■  The Stable Talk spy sent to the Karaka sales in New Zealand was  bemused by the actions of one leading Sydney trainer.

At a horse sale everyone walks around with a catalogue in hand, but not this trainer.

‘‘The trainer had a young man close by and he opened the book whenever told by the trainer,’’ our man said. ‘‘That enabled the trainer to shake hands and greet any prospective buyer that walked by. It was quite a sight.’’

■  Newcastle’s potential staying star Award Season leaves for Victoria tomorrow night.

He will go to Mornington, where he will be stabled, and has been given permission to work on the course proper.

Trainer Kris Lees is hoping the import will make the field for the $350,000 Mornington Cup (2400m) on February 13.

‘‘Kerrin McEvoy will keep the ride on Award Season,’’ Lees said.

Meanwhile, Lees said Gold Epona was scratched from Gosford on Wednesday to run at Rosehill tomorrow.

‘‘A better barrier draw and bigger prizemoney influenced where she ran,’’ Lees said.

He said a blindfold would be used on Whitlam before he entered the barrier for race eight at Rosehill tomorrow.

‘‘He had to be scratched last time because everything that could go wrong did before he got into the barriers,’’ Lees said. ‘‘Hopefully he will get to the barriers without any worries this time and the blindfold will help him.

‘‘This is a tougher race, but he is going well.’’

 ■  First it was Fozzie Bear  which took the attention of Stable Talk when he started racing locally.

At Newcastle on Sunday there were a few smiles when Grab The Jewels, which is by Foreplay, finished second.

 ■  Darren Smith has two entrants at Rosehill tomorrow but looks to be depending on Testarhythm.

‘‘California Storm has drawn 19, so what do you do but look for another race that is suitable,’’ Smith said.

‘‘If I can find something over the next week or so, she won’t run at Rosehill.

‘‘Testarhythm will go round. He is ticking over well and still racing in good form.’’

 ■  Paul Perry said  his two runners at Rosehill, Kirinata and Southern Skye, were backing up because they were in suitable races.

‘‘Both are fine, going well and their races on Saturday are not beyond them,’’ he said.

 ■  The big wet has not stopped racing locally.

The Broadmeadow, Wyong and Gosford tracks have come in for praise.

Jockeys and trainers said Newcastle handled the big wet well on Sunday.

By Wednesday, Gosford had been inundated with 240millimetres on Sunday and Monday.

‘‘On Tuesday morning the track was a heavy 8, but by the time we were racing it was ungraded to a dead 5,’’ Gosford course manager Steve Scollard said.

‘‘A lot of time and work has gone into the track and it is paying dividends.’’

Broadmeadow’s new track manager, Peter Birch, has also received praise for the way he is handling his new course.

Wyong raced on an upgraded track yesterday.

‘‘In the old days the rain we had here and Gosford would have washed out any meetings,’’ Wyong chief Tony Drew said. 

‘‘But Gosford was great on Wednesday and our track looked great and raced well today.’’

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