Doc one of the stars in Mem­sie

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

HEY Doc is one of a host of Group 1 win­ners ex­pected to take part in a ca­pac­ity field for the Mem­sie Stakes at Caulfield.

With prize money dou­bled to $1 mil­lion, the first Group 1 race of the Aus­tralian sea­son on Satur­day is likely to have a field of 16 plus four emer­gen­cies run­ning over 1400 me­tres.

Cham­pion trainer Darren Weir will nom­i­nate four horses in­clud­ing last year’s win­ner Black Heart Bart.

His oth­ers en­tries will be Tosen Stardom, Gailo Chop and Hu­mi­dor.

Lindsay Park is likely to have two run­ners, Vega Magic and Se­aburge, with Grand Rosso also ex­pected to be among nom­i­na­tions.

Also named as likely run­ners are Le Ro­main, Yan­kee Rose, Jon Snow, Hey Doc, Abil­ity and I Am A Star.

Tony McEvoy took ad­van­tage of the chance to gal­lop Aus­tralian Guineas win­ner Hey Doc be­tween races at Moonee Val­ley on Satur­day in prepa­ra­tion for the Mem­sie.

The four-year-old, a first-up win­ner of the Aurie’s Star Hand­i­cap (1200m) at Flem­ing­ton on Au­gust 12, had a leisurely stroll over 1200m.

McEvoy de­scribed Hey Doc as be­ing a lit­tle ca­sual in his at­ti­tude but said it would en­able him give the geld­ing another gal­lop dur­ing week to bring him to his peak.

“I had the op­por­tu­nity work him with com­pany but I was wor­ried he might just go the other way and be a bit keen,” McEvoy said.

“I elected to trust him and he did enough.

“He was a bit ca­sual out there but I’ve got seven days be­fore the Mem­sie now and I can give him another piece of work.

“This was all about de­ter­min­ing whether I needed to and I think I will now.

“He used him­self well, had a bit of fun and I think we’ve got lot ben­e­fit out of it.”

Luke Cur­rie part­nered Hey Doc in the gal­lop and has the ride on Satur­day.

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