2010 Schweppes Stakes Field & Barriers – Hay List Out

October 21st, 2010

Racing fans looking forward to the clash between top sprinters Hay List and Black Caviar will have to wait, after Hay List was not one of the six acceptors in the 2010 Schweppes Stakes field for this Saturday’s showdown.

A winner of 12 of his 14 starts, boom galloper Hay List was found to have an elevated temperature yesterday with trainer John McNair not taking any risks and deciding to bypass the $300,000 Group 2 Schweppes Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley’s Cox Plate Day this Saturday.

Hay List will now head towards the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day, leaving Black Caviar to fight it out against rival mare Hot Danish in the Schweppes Stakes this weekend.

Unbeaten in her six career starts, including her brilliant first-up win in the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield earlier in the month, the Peter Moody-trained Black Caviar looked fit and in-form in a gallop on Tuesday.

Drawn in barrier three and set to be ridden by Luke Nolen, Black Caviar will start the hot favourite in the Schweppes Stakes betting at Luxbet.

The other top-class runner in the Schweppes Stakes field is the Les Bridge-trained Hot Danish.

The star seven-year-old Nothin’ Leica Dane mare showed she had lost none of her steam when she resumed racing for the season last month to win the Premiere Stakes and then The Shorts in Sydney.

Hot Danish, coming up trumps with barrier one for Saturday, will now attempt to continue her form in Melbourne after failing to impress in Victoria last year.

The other notable acceptors for the Schweppes Stakes this year are True Persuasion and Eagle Falls who finished second and third to Hay List in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley last start, and Gerald Ryan’s Group 1 winning mare Melito in her first-up spring start.

The 2010 Schweppes Stakes is scheduled to jump at 3:20pm (AEDST) as Race 5 at Moonee Valley on Saturday, before the marquee race of the meeting, the $3 million Cox Plate runs as Race 8.

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2010 Schweppes Stakes Final Field & Barriers

No. Horse Trainer Rider Br. Weight Hcp. Rating
1 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes Damien Oliver 3 58.5 108
2 STANZOUT Colin Davies Craig Williams 5 58.5 104
3 TRUE PERSUASION Mick Price Craig Newitt 6 58.5 97
4 HOT DANISH Les Bridge Tim Clark 1 56.5 117
5 MELITO Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 4 56.5 114
6 BLACK CAVIAR Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2 56.5 111