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Tony McEvoy will give his Australian Guineas winner Hey Doc a Memsie Stakes 2017 tune-up, galloping the four-year-old between races at The Valley on Saturday.
The Duporth gelding has amassed over $1.1 million in prize money over his 15 start career to date thanks to seven victories headlined by that in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) over the Caulfield mile back in early march.
After defeating VRC Derby winner Prized Icon by three quarters of a length in the Guineas, Hey Doc failed to match it with the older milers on a Heavy Randwick track next start finishing ninth behind It’s Somewhat in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Melbourne horseman McEvoy wasn’t deterred however and took the then three-year-old to Adelaide the following month for a shot at the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).
Dropping back notably in distance for the Morphettville feature on May 20, Hey Doc was far from disgraced as a $31 roughie finishing only two and a half lengths back sixth behind Vega Magic.
Hey Doc made his four-year-old debut on August 12 winning first-up back home at Flemington with a narrow victory over Cannyescent in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) down the straight.
McEvoy has scheduled a return to Group 1 racing second-up for Hey Doc who will face his The Goodwood conqueror Vega Magic in a rematch at Caulfield Racecourse on September 2 in the Group 1 $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m).
Bringing the horse on fitness wise for the Memsie Stakes test, McEvoy has an exhibition planned between races at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
“He galloped well at Flemington this morning [Tuesday] and he’s coming to Moonee Valley on Saturday to have an exhibition gallop between races,” McEvoy confirmed to AAP.
“That’s just to stimulate him, get some extra fitness benefit out of it and then he’ll be right on target for the Memsie.”
Hey Doc has had four previous runs at Caulfield including a Group 1 minor placing when third to Divine Prophet in last Spring’s Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
His latest run at the track was in February of this year finishing third again, this time behind Legless Veuve in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m).
All-in Memsie Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au has The Goodwood winner Vega Magic at $5 leading the markets after the Lindsay Park-trained five-year-old won the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield first-up last weekend.
A further five other early hopefuls are also under double-figures in the Memsie Stakes odds pre-field including Hey Doc at $7.
To check out the full futures Memsie Stakes 2017 odds head to Ladbrokes.com.au today.
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