Hay List, a strapping 600kg son of Eliza Park stallion Statue Of Liberty, took his record to four wins from as many starts following a four-length victory in the perthracing.com.au Handicap (1000m) at Belmont last Saturday.
The win highlighted the impact Statue of Liberty has had so far with his first two Australian bred crops. Rising star Mic Mac heads the list ahead of 2009 Magic Millions 3YO Trophy winner Tempest Tost and stakes-placed filly Dan Baroness.
“We’re very excited to be standing a stallion of Statue of Liberty’s calibre,” Eliza Park’s CEO Cameron Croucher said. “Statue of Liberty was a genuine speed horse who appears to be replicating that in his progeny, although it doesn’t surprise me to see them also being competitive up to a mile.”
Despite being first up since February 14 and with no trials behind him, Hay List (4g Statue Of Liberty-Sing Hallelujah by Is It True) simply toyed with his opposition, booting up along the rails early before putting his rivals to the sword in the straight. He won under a hands-and-heels ride from jockey Jason Brown who has been aboard at all four starts.
Trainer Jim Taylor was quick to declare post-race that Hay List is the best horse he has put a saddle on. “He had completed plenty of long work in the sand but missing the trials meant that he could have been a bit rusty.
“But they were never going to beat him,” Taylor said. “He is quicker than stablemates Vain Raider and Chopin and just has this natural speed.”
Hay List, who was bred by prominent Perth owner Terry Davenport, is the first winner for Sing Hallelujah, a multiple winning mare in Western Australia.
He made an early impression with a debut victory at Ascot on January 14 this year and followed up with an emphatic win over quality gallopers Danebeela and Kasabian.
The Bullsbrook trainer has indicated he will race Hay List through the classes in Perth but don’t be surprised if the four-year old makes it to Melbourne before the year is out.
“He will take the step into open company,” Taylor said. “A race like the Winterbottom Stakes is the logical target, but if he continues to improve then a trip to Melbourne is not out of the question.”
Statue Of Liberty will stand at Eliza Park for $17,600 (inc gst) this season.