Hey Doc cleans out the cobwebs with Carlyon Stakes pre-race gallop

August 21, 2018

Hey Doc cleans out the cobwebs with Carlyon Stakes pre-race gallop

Moonee Valley specialist Hey Doc blew the cobwebs out with a potential first up winning gallop at The Valley on Monday morning.

Hey Doc, above, is set to resume in the 2018 Carlyon Stakes at The Valley. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Hey Doc, above, is set to resume in the 2018 Carlyon Stakes at The Valley. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Hey Doc is the winner of his only three appearances at The Valley and trainer Tony McEvoy is confident that his stable star will be very hard to beat there again in the Listed $120,000 SAJ Fruit Supply Carlyon Stakes (1000m) on Saturday.

McEvoy took Hey Doc to The Valley on Monday morning to let the five year old have a good blow out and he was happy with what he saw as compared to his previous gallop at Sandown.

“Hey Doc cruised around really strongly and I was much happier with his work today, he pulled up clean and is ready to go,” McEvoy told Racing.com.

“At Sandown the other day when I galloped him in between races he was very naughty, he wanted to over-do it and was a bit fresh … he pulled up stuffy because he didn’t breathe well and he did it all wrong.

“I said to Luke Currie ‘Let the cobwebs get out of him today’.

“It’s nice to have him back, he’s probably my pin-up horse for the stable having won two Group 1s for us.

The Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m) at The Valley during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival was one of two Group 1 wins for the Hey Doc and McEvoy is aiming the five year towards that race again this Spring.

“This spring his aim is the Manikato Stakes again,” McEvoy said.

Hey Doc’s other Group 1 win came during his three year old season when he took out the 2017 $750,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington during the Autumn Carnival.

Hey Doc missed most of the 2017 Autumn Carnival because of injury and will be facing the starter for the first time since finishing seventh to Redkirk Warrior in the Group 1 $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on February 17.

McEvoy is certain that Hey Doc will benefit greatly from his first up run in the Carlyon Stakes but still expects him to figure in the finish.

“He had a long time off with these pectoral muscles (injury) and he’s 570kg now but I’ve really been struggling to get the weight off the big boy, he’s a big, heavy horse,” McEvoy explained.

“He’ll show improvement out of Saturday’s run but he has done plenty and he’s pulled up well enough this morning to win a 1000-metre race.”

Hey Doc is one of twenty-two horses nominated for the Carlyon Stakes and has been allocated the top weight of 60kg under the set weights plus penalties conditions for the race.

Nominations for the 2018 Carlyon Stakes (1000m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 96x1401x7x HEY DOC G 5 Tony McEvoy 1 60kg 112
2 47x281119x QUILISTA M 5 Darren Weir 2 57kg 105
3 6x9272123x DOTHRAKI G 8 Peter & Paul Snowden 3 58kg 106
4 1x38361x8x JORDA M 4 James Cummings 4 56kg 85
5 11111x224x I’M WESLEY G 6 Glenn Stevenson 5 57kg 98
6 1140x5620x BONS AWAY G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 57kg 99
7 0x632x128x FAATINAH G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 56kg 105
8 79x821158x DEMONSTRATE G 6 Allan & Jason Williams 8 56kg 95
9 63237×6351 CASHED G 7 Ryan Balfour 9 56kg 89
10 x7231x6577 SUNDAY ESCAPE G 8 Andrew Murray 10 56kg 89
11 220x28693x MR SNEAKY G 5 Anthony Freedman 11 56kg 100
12 x5112x933x SUPER TOO M 5 Marc Conners 12 54kg 99
13 21212×6311 BANDIPUR H 4 James Cummings 13 56kg 89
14 156x5x6113 INVINCIBLE AL G 5 Patrick Payne 14 56kg 87
15 31322×1152 SHOWPERO M 5 Wayne Francis & Glen Kent 15 54kg 85
16 1134x1146x DEMERARA M 4 James Cummings 16 54kg 84
17 1911218x1x MILE HIGH G 5 John Macmillan 17 56kg 82
18 6039×69387 KHALAMA M 6 Shane Nichols 18 54kg 80
19 L27327x16x BALANCING ACT M 5 Brent Stanley 19 54kg 77
20 x6111x4x5x UNIQUE LOVELY M 5 Frankie Stockdale 20 54kg 74
21 12154×9211 ALL ABOUT NICCI M 6 Kym Hann 21 54kg 78
22 46x13318x4 HUGE ACTION G 4 Andrew Sawden 22 56kg 68

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