Spring fea­tures on Doc’s menu

The Sportsman Midweek - - Latest Trackwork Times - By CRAIG BRENNAN

IT may be more than three weeks since the Group 1 Good­wood in Ade­laide but, as he plans to strike early in spring, trainer Tony McEvoy is still com­ing terms with Hey Doc’s de­feat.

The three-year-old fin­ished sixth in the 1200m-sprint at Mor­phettville on May 20, 2½ lengths from the win­ner Vega Magic.

Hey Doc be­gan from bar­rier 18 in the 20 horse field, which McEvoy blames for his de­feat.

“His run was su­perb,” said.

“If he had drawn a gate he’d have been right in the fin­ish.

“He to go back from the draw and then he had his mo­men­tum stopped in the straight at a bad time which prob­a­bly cost him run­ning a place.

“Over­all we were very pleased with him.”

After a five-run cam­paign dur­ing which he won two races at Flemington in­clud­ing the Group 1 Aus­tralian Guineas, Hey Doc will only have a month in spell­ing pad­dock be­fore em­bark­ing on a spring prepa­ra­tion.

Hey Doc’s first tar­get will be the Group 1 Mem­sie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Septem­ber 2 which has had a prize money boost to $1 mil­lion.

“The Mem­sie is an early tar­get,” McEvoy said.

“It’s a tra­di­tional kick-off so we’ll head to­wards that and then on to the Makybe Diva hope­fully.”

McEvoy said the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Septem­ber 16 could be the race that shapes the rest of Hey Doc’s spring car­ni­val.

He said op­tions in­clude the Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Val­ley on Oc­to­ber 28 or a switch to hand­i­cap races with the Group 1 Toorak Hand­i­cap (1600m) at Caulfield two weeks ear­lier.

“We’ll see how he’s per­form­ing in his early spring races and work it out from there,” McEvoy said.

Mean­while, Tom Sadler has had his joy at rid­ing a win­ner at Flemington soured by 12-meet­ing care­less rid­ing sus­pen­sion.

The jockey had only been back for two days after a sus­pen­sion in­curred at the last Flemington meet­ing on May 20.

Sadler rode Ur­ban Ruler to vic­tory in the Comic Court Hand­i­cap, but Rac­ing Vic­to­ria stew­ards rubbed him out after caus­ing a tir­ing Miss Uni­verse, rid­den by Stephanie Thorn­ton, to be checked near the 200m.

Sadler starts his sus­pen­sion im­me­di­ately and can re­turn for the Gee­long meet­ing on June 23.

James Winks, Jor­dan Childs and Andrew Mal­lyon were also suspended.

Tony McEvoy has ear­marked the Mem­sie Stakes as the start­ing point for Hey Doc’s next cam­paign

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