Coach Tony McEvoy ‘pumped’ about Hey Doc’s return


“Yeah, I’m pumped, I’m very excited. The massive fella, as you’ll see on Saturday, after I say the massive fella I imply it,” McEvoy stated laughing.

“As he will get a bit older, he’s a bit like me, it [the weight] is a bit more durable to get off.

“However he’s labored rather well. Luke Currie got here to Ballarat this morning and simply let him breeze up.

“Luke stated he felt actually good. He’ll want the run most likely Saturday, they’ll most likely be nippy for him – he wants 1200 metres actually – however it will tune him up properly for the William Reid, which is an efficient goal for him.”

McEvoy, and son Calvin, have astutely been in a position to get the warhorse to peak persistently on “grand remaining day”.

Final 12 months, it was within the group 1 Manikato Stakes, and earlier than that, the group 1 Winterbottom at Ascot.

A smiling Luke Currie and Hey Doc after winning the Manikato Stakes in 2020.

A smiling Luke Currie and Hey Doc after profitable the Manikato Stakes in 2020.Credit score:Getty Photographs

McEvoy stated the 1200-metre journey at Moonee Valley was one more excellent goal for him.

“We’re not going to have time [to trial him in between runs],” McEvoy stated.


“He’s had a few little leap outs and he’ll run second up into the William Reid. It’s excellent for him.

“He’s a pleasure, he’s a magnificence. He’s a gentleman and he’s in tip-top form.”

The identical can’t be stated for Goodwood Handicap winner Despatch, nonetheless, who is about to overlook the autumn.

“Sadly Despatch has chipped a bone in his knee. He’s going to Ballarat for some surgical procedure, which is a bugger,” McEvoy stated.

Greenback For Greenback nonetheless, who gained a late call-up to final 12 months’s The Everest, is nearing a return.

“Greenback For Greenback is nice,” McEvoy stated.

“He had somewhat mushy trial yesterday at Terang. I’m somewhat behind in health for him; he had a few setbacks along with his ft early doorways. He’s again completely sound now however I’m going to overlook the Newmarket.

“He’ll most likely run within the Abell Stakes at Moonee Valley [on All-Star Mile day], the week earlier than the William Reid.”

Together with Hey Doc, the McEvoys may even saddle three-year-old filly Celestine at Flemington on Saturday.

The daughter of Nicconi has three wins and two placings from 5 begins to her identify, together with a third-placed end to Written Magnificence within the Melbourne Cup carnival.

“Proud of Celestine,” McEvoy stated.

“She’s trialled up properly, a winner on the observe and journey so I’m more than happy [with her].”

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