The final field and barrier draw has been released for the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, which is due to run at Rosehill Racecourse this Saturday March 31, 2012.
Hay List has failed to accept for the 2012 Challenge Stakes after nominating for the event.
The six-year-old will instead be rested until the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick racecourse on April 14, 2012.
Trainer John McNair feels it’s for the best after hay List was beaten by Foxwedge in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes lasts tart.
“We have decided it is probably better to go straight into the T.J. Smith rather than go around on Saturday,” McNair said.
“If he runs in the Challenge, then when he gets to the T.J. Smith at Randwick, it would be his third start in five weeks and I don’t believe that is the right preparation for the horse.”
McNair has assured the public that Hay List is in top health, despite the decision to not run him in the 2012 Challenge Stakes.
“As far as his attitude and well-being is concerned, he could easily have started in Saturday’s race as the horse is exceptionally well,” he said.
“But he did have a three-week break between the Lightning Stakes and the Newmarket Handicap and that worked out well.
“So, we are going to try and replicate that going as the T.J. Smith Stakes as that race has been his main target all along this campaign.”
Just seven horses have accepted for a start in the 2012 Challenge Stakes, including Rain Affair who has drawn barrier three for the race.
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2012 Challenge Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11111X1116||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||3||58.5kg||112|
|2||X434410X26||NEESON||Joseph Pride||Michael Rodd||2||58.5kg||108|
|3||1X1112X16||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||Ben Melham||4||58.5kg||105|
|4||X222379X40||WINTER KING (NZ)||David Payne||Michael Walker||7||58.5kg||102|
|5||712330833X||CARDINAL VIRTUE||David Payne||Nash Rawiller||6||58.5kg||95|
|6||2137X569X2||ELITE FALLS||John O’Shea||Jim Cassidy||1||54kg||103|
|7||1887135X02||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||Blake Shinn||5||54kg||98|