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Hay List Off Critical List After Serious Colic Scare

Monday, 30th May 2011

Early intervention from trainer John McNair “might have saved the life of his super sprinter Hay List, which was yesterday fighting a serious bout of colic & a scary leg infection” reported The Sydney Morning Herald. McNair confirmed: “We had some luck & picked up the colic early. If it had presented at 6.30 at night when I'd left the stable instead of 9.30am, I might have arrived the next morning to find a dead horse.” An around-the-clock vigil “has been employed as McNair is still concerned about the horse, which was withdrawn from Saturday's Gr1 Doomben 10,000 on Friday afternoon due to a hoof abscess”. McNair added: “It (colic) should have been beaten already, but it is not. You'd want to be seeing improvement or we are in deep shit. As we are speaking, he seems to have improved marginally. I actually picked it up before he actually got it. If ever you are going to pick up colic early, thankfully we got this one. Fortunately, I asked the vet to tube him with oil & electrolytes. After tubing him he started pawing at the ground & wanted to get down. We have been walking him since around 8.30 this morning (Sunday). I just know the horse so good, I knew something wasn't right.” Instead of contesting the Doomben 10,000, Hay List spent Saturday in the Eagle Farm veterinary clinic & McNair said: “I think the treatment they gave him for the foot abscess has led to the colic. It appears it is a foot abscess in the inside of his heel on the off-hind leg. It got infected, and through that infection, for whatever reason, the leg swelled up in front of our eyes. They had to treat it with some heavy antibiotics on Saturday & has probably caused his stomach problems, knocked his metabolism around.” Hay List was removed from the veterinary clinic yesterday & McNair declared: “Hopefully, he'll be staying out of there. There is massive improvement in the heel with the poultice on & he appears to have beaten that infection. There is very little hope of going to the Stradbroke with him. I know I'm clever, but not that clever, although we haven't given up hope yet. If he can't gallop by next Saturday, it is all over.”

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