What’s Up Doc? The Australian Guineas

Hey Doc ridden by Luke Currie wins the CS Hayes Stakes at Flemington on Saturday (Racing Photos).


In the 2016 Group Three CS Hayes Stakes, Palentino was first across the line but ultimately relegated to second following a successful protest from Tivachi’s jockey. Palentino then went on to capture the Group One Australian Guineas at his next start, this time surviving a protest from the runner up, Tarzino.

Hey Doc didn’t win the 2017 CS Hayes Stakes in the steward’s room. Matter of fact, the Tony McEvoy trained 3YO looked the winner a long from home on Saturday and powered to the line with a panel and a half to spare.

Gelded last winter after a 2YO campaign that resulted in a Morphettville win on debut and near last in the Blue Diamond, Hey Doc will now head toward the $750,000 Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on 4 March and, based on his CS Hayes frolic, is ruling favourite.

“He (Hey Doc) always showed us ability,” McEvoy reveals. “I just know with myself that if I could have been gelded early I could have been anything, so that’s why I gelded him!”

It clearly has been a fair turnaround for Hey Doc, who resumed as a 3YO with wins at Sandown and Moonee Valley, victory in the Group Two Bill Stutt Stakes and a third in the Group One Caulfield Guineas.

Hey Doc has now compiled five wins and three placings from 11 starts with $514,900 in stakes.

Hey Doc’s success continues the great run for Anthony Mithen’s Rosemont Stud which sold the Guineas favourite as a yearling at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier for $85,000: placed among the last 100 lots in the 782 yearlings, 4 day sale.

Two sessions earlier, Rosemont also sold Fuhryk for $60,000, winner of last week’s Group Three Kevin Hayes Stakes and similarly a contender for the Australian Guineas.

Furthermore, Rosemont’s resident stallion, Starcraft, is the sire of Property who has won two of his three starts and will be highly favoured for Saturday’s Group One Blue Diamond if connections decide to pay up a late entry fee.

The timing certainly couldn’t be better for Rosemont which will offer 30 yearlings at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from 26 February to 1 March.

(Four of Saturday’s stakes winners: Hey Doc, Kenedna, Ducimus and Mail It In are all graduates of the Inglis Melbourne Premier).

Arguably the biggest winner from Hey Doc’s rise and rise, however, is NSW’s Jindera Park, which stands his sire, Duporth.

Well, to be more specific, Jindera Park ‘stood’ his sire. Jindera Park has been sold and, according to previous owner, Brett Cavanough, Hey Doc’s sire is also on the market.

Winner of the Group One BTC Cup and Golden Rose (now Group One) as a 3YO, Duporth is by Red Ransom, from the multiple Group Two winning mare, Staging … dam of Excites and Tickets and granddam of Champion South African 2YO and Newhaven Park based sire, Delago Deluxe.

“With his oldest progeny now 5YOs, he (Duporth) has always had one or two bobbing along: Dashing Fellow has won nearly HK$10 million in Hong Kong, Ruettiger was a stakes winner at Flemington, Cornrow ran third in the ATC Sires’ and the Blue Diamond and Inkling is multiple stakes placed,” Cavanough points out. “I’d been getting a few calls about Duporth over the past few weeks, but interest in him has certainly picked up since Hey Doc won on Saturday!”

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