IF JOHN McNAIR has his way, Hay List will not race again in Victoria this autumn after being given ''a ridiculous weight'' in the Newmarket Handicap yesterday.
The Gosford trainer said he ''would rather race here [in NSW] and in Queensland where they want and respect my horse'' after he was given 58.5 kilograms in Australian biggest sprint handicap.
''In the end it is not my decision but if I will being pushing hard to not go back there again this prep,'' McNair said. ''They only care about one horse down there [Black Caviar].
''With that weight they obviously don't want us there, so I will be advising [owner] Terry Davenport not to go and not to go back.''
McNair believes Hay List is too close to nemesis Black Caviar in the weights, which will not run after being given 61.5kg, and is disappointed how he weighed when compared to Foxwedge, which has 50kg.
McNair spoke with Victorian handicappers on Monday but said he would not waste his time by ringing them again.
''I spent 1½ hours on the phone to them,'' McNair said. ''They say he is a dual group 1 winner but there are three other dual group 1 winners in the field and they didn't get treated like him. Foxwedge was only two lengths from him in the Lightning and we have to give another 5½ kilos if we were to start. I could give reasons using their numbers for hours about this but it is a waste of time and energy. Put simply I would have compressed the weight scale by half a kilo.
''He would be a chance with 58kg but even with that weight it would be very tough, that extra half a kilo makes a big difference and makes the decision a simple one.''
Hay List is likely to run in the Challenge Stakes at Rosehill on March 31 before the TJ Smith at Randwick on April 14 and the All-Aged Stakes two weeks later. The option will be then to head to Brisbane for the BTC Cup, where he ran second to Black Caviar in last year, and then possibly Singapore.
''That program is much better because we don't have to travel for his next three runs, which is always a help with him,'' McNair said.
''He races much better in this direction. They are appreciative more here and don't just want to use us.
''[Brisbane Racing Club chief] Stephen Ferguson has been on the phone from Brisbane and he could not be more helpful, it's only the Victorians who don't want us.''
As Black Caviar and Hay List will not start, Emirates Stakes winner Albert The Fat, who has 56.5kg, will be become topweight and the weights will rise 1½ kilograms.
Grahame Begg ruled out taking Ilovethiscity south after a disappointing barrier trial on Monday and said Secret Admirer would have too much weight as she goes up to 57kg when the weights rise.
McNair worked Hay List on the course proper at Gosford yesterday and has nominated him to barrier trial at Wyong on Friday.
''He needs that trial just to keep him up to the mark because it looks like it will be a while between runs for him,'' McNair said.