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WFA Test for Hey Doc

Thursday, 31st August 2017

Trainer Tony McEvoy acknowledges that Hey Doc (Duporth-Heyington Honey, by General Nediym) faces his sternest test to date in Saturday's $1 million weight-for-age Gr1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. A star of last season's 3YO crop having won the Gr1 Australian Guineas and placing in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, Hey Doc will now attempt to graduate to open weight-for-age company – a transition so many in his age group fail to execute. "It's another level for him I believe," McEvoy told racing.com. "I'm not knocking him. I love him dearly and he's done a great thing for us, but he's now out of that protected three-year-old bracket." He added: "This is his biggest test to date at weight-for-age so he's going to have to be on his toes. But the thing about this horse is he's extremely brave and extremely honest and he gives you everything." Hey Doc commenced his spring campaign in grand style with a strong finishing win in the Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on 12 August, and McEvoy is hopeful that run will stand him in good stead for Saturday. "I can't fault him. He had that good strong run down the straight in the Aurie's Star. He's had three weeks so been able to give him a nice easy week to recover from that brave performance." After Saturday, McEvoy nominated races such as the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes as likely targets.

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