Spring features on Doc’s menu
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