Hey Doc, That’s A Day To Remember

Hey Doc wins the Group One Australian Guineas at Flemington on Saturday (Racing Photos).


Racing has given Tony McEvoy many fond memories.

Chasing down racing’s holy grail with Fields of Omagh in the 2003 Cox Plate is not something likely to slip from the pre-frontal lobe any time soon, but when it comes to red-letter days, 4 March 2017 will be hard to toss.

In the space of 45 minutes, McEvoy’s stable had produced three stakes winners, with the obvious highlight being Group One Australian Guineas success story, Hey Doc.

There were highly emotional scenes in the Flemington mounting yard following the victory as McEvoy and some very excited owners savoured Hey Doc’s moment in the sun.

Indeed, media interviews and congratulatory hugs prevented the trainer from watching his second stakes winner – Time Awaits – cross the line first in the Listed Ubet Cinderella Stakes at Morphettville: one of a sizeable list of promising 2YOs in the McEvoy camp this season.

Clearly Time Awaits for no man … especially trainers on a winning streak.

“I got to watch the (Time Awaits) replay at the airport,” joked McEvoy, who also steers the careers of other leading juveniles such as 2016 Maribyrnong Plate winner, Aspect, Azazel and Roomooz.

Capping it all off was a win by imported galloper, Big Memory, in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality … an average of one black type winner every 15 minutes.

“That was a tremendous day … unforgettable,” McEvoy enthused. “I’d trained three Group One winners when I was with Lindsay Park but this was the first under my own banner.

“I reckon the thing that made it really special though were the owners. Fifteen of the owners in that horse have just 1% each, in fact, I think there’s a few with just half a percent in the horse.

“The way they celebrated you would have thought they owned the horse outright. It’s terrific. Don’t let anyone tell you that ownership isn’t accessible and that you can’t race horses at the top level with only a small investment.”

With the $750,000 Australian Guineas win taking the 3YO gelding’s earnings to $976,900 from six victories (three at black type level) and three placings in 12 career outings, McEvoy is still undecided as to where Hey Doc heads to next.

“He could go to the (Group Two) Blamey Stakes at Flemington on 18 March or the ($3 million Group One) Doncaster Mile in Sydney on 1 April,” McEvoy mused. “Three year olds tend to profile quite well in the Doncaster so it’s definitely got to be an option.

“Looking past the autumn though, I am hoping he will develop into a nice weight for age horse. I was talking to Luke (Currie) on Saturday night and he reckons that once the horse learns to relax and switch off a bit more in his races, he could be very competitive over 2000m.”

McEvoy doesn’t need reminding that there’s a pretty good weight for age race over 2040m in Melbourne in October.

“We’ve come a long way in the last six years since going out on my own,” McEvoy summarises. “It does take a lot of time though and the great majority of our stable contains horses three years and younger. And, with days like Saturday, there’s plenty to look forward to!”

HOOFNOTE: Fresh from Time Awaits’ 2YO stakes victory in the Cinderella, Tony McEvoy says he is keen to start inspecting youngsters at the 2017 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale which commences at the Morphettville complex on Monday 13 March.

And that’s good news for South Australian residents who, through a joint promotion between Aushorse and Adelaide’s The Advertiser newspaper, can win a share in a racehorse to be trained by master 2YO mentor, Tony McEvoy.

For further information, visit: www.shareinahorse.com.au 

The competition is open to all South Australian residents, 18 years and over.

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