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Stem-Cell Surgery "Could Reignite" Hay List Career

Friday, 29th June 2012

Revolutionary "$2,000 stem-cell surgery could reignite a million-dollar racing career" for Australia's 2nd best sprinter, triple Gr1-winning & 5-times Gr1-placed 6YO gelding Hay List (Statue Of Liberty-Sing Hallelujah, by Is It True) reported The Daily Telegraph. Hay List "has undergone a remarkable medical first in Australia for a racehorse, with fat sucked from his tail & injected into his injured knee in a ground-breaking procedure that could turn injury rehabilitation for horses & humans on its head". The 600kg Hay List "was thought to have run his last race after fracturing his leg in April, but could yet return next year & even compete at Royal Ascot in a bid to match his great rival Black Caviar's effort last week". The liposuction procedure "involves extracting dormant cells hidden in fat that can turn themselves into muscle & tendon to repair badly damaged body parts. These cells are injected into the affected area & the rest of the cells are stored in a lab for future use if maintenance or repairs are required." The world-leading technology "has been developed by Australian company Medivet" & co-founder Garry Andrews confirmed the operation on Hay List "was performed last week while Black Caviar was in England claiming her 22nd consecutive victory". Andrews explained: "We found a little pocket of fat in either side of his tail. We made a little incision & removed a little bit of fat. We processed that fat & got millions of cells. We took that back the next day & injected either side of the knee with the stem cells to start helping him heal & grow back whatever is necessary in the knee. This is the 1st use of its kind in Australia." In 3 weeks, Medivet "will do further liposuction on Hay List , which involves an incision a quarter of the size of a 5c coin, to bank millions more cells". Andrews summed up: "That is to help Hay List come back to his best. I believe Hay List will come back fit & strong. We're giving it the best technology in the world & giving it every possible chance." Trainer John McNair commented: "If he can come back somewhere near his best, it's still good enough to win Gr1 races. I've set the target of the Lightning Stakes at Flemington next year, but that's probably not realistic. Maybe Brisbane in the winter is more realistic."

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