Tony McEvoy was impressed with the nature of Hey Doc’s win in the Group 2 Strathmore Community Bank Stutt Stakes (1600m), but wasn’t yet sold on a Caulfield Guineas tilt in eight days’ time.
The Duporth gelding made it three-from-three this preparation, conquering the mile at his first crack at it.
On running him in the Guineas, McEvoy said that’s his early leaning, but the Moonee Valley Vase back at the track he’s two-from-two at also appeals on Cox Plate Day.
“The horse is thriving. I think we probably nearly have to go that way,” McEvoy said of the Guineas.
“I’ll be very interested to what Luke’s got to say, first time at the mile, first time at this level, but he impressed me.”
McEvoy said the writing was on the wall with Hey Doc’s Valley gallop earlier in the week.
“The way he [Hey Doc] put it to her [Don’t Doubt Mamma]… Dwayne Dunn rang me and said, ‘What was that thing?’ Here he is,” McEvoy added.
“I’ll be guided by Luke [Currie] to see if he wants to go further, whether we go to the Vase, which is here and he loves the Valley.”
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