With Luke Currie within the saddle, Hey Doc ($13) gave nothing else an opportunity as he made gentle of his outdoors barrier to steer, management and run away from his rivals to win 2½ size from Very important Silver ($7) and Rock Magic ($31).
“I stated to Luke ‘don’t rush, allow them to discover their spots after which we’ll come throughout’. However he bought there really easy it was unimaginable,” McEvoy stated. “I knew he was going to be very laborious to cross.”
Currie paid tribute to McEvoy and his crew for the work they did to get the Australian Guineas and Manikato Stakes winner again. He knew after 200m that Hey Doc’s third group 1 was on its manner at Ascot.
He was at all times jogging from after I bought over. He by no means felt like he was going to get crushed.
“He offset that gate by being very fast throughout after which he bought it good and simple in entrance,” Currie stated.
“He was at all times jogging from after I bought over. He by no means felt like he was going to get crushed.
“For this horse to return again from 18 months off, you’ll be able to’t underestimate the trouble by horse and the workers.”
Whereas Hey Doc was on management out entrance, favorite Trekking ($2.90) missed the kick and Kerrin McEvoy drove via on the within to be three again on the fence and bumped into fourth late.
It was one other McEvoy’s day and the coach’s pre-race feedback about his shock at Hey Doc’s value have been vindicated. He may see the advance after a promising return when crushed in a photograph within the Heffernan Stakes at Sandown two weeks in the past.
“He was fabulous right now, all of the indicators have been telling us that. It has been a protracted marketing campaign, about 5 months work, to get him again,’ McEvoy stated.
“We gave him a very long time along with his harm after which we gave a protracted, gradual prep, and he was very shut at Sandown. He wasn’t fairly there and sophistication bought him inside a neck.
“To see the advance from there to right here . . . I want I used to be punter, I might have had a wager.”
Racing author for The Sydney Morning Herald