Hey Doc’s appearance at Sandown on Wednesday added some star factor to the mid-week meeting, but the dual Group 1 winner did so more in name than in performance.
Trainer Tony McEvoy wanted the Rosemont Stud, Inglis Premier Yearling Sale graduate to trial strongly between races alongside stablemate Manuel but the winner of the Australian Guineas and Manikato Stakes got a little excited and over-did his work-out.
“Sometimes he can be a little bit lazy at home and I wanted him to have a nice strong gallop today so I bought a friend (Manuel) but it just got him fired up and he wanted to race,” McEvoy explained.
“He was far too fresh and far too keen and he really fought Luke (Currie) early and it just told on him at the end.”
McEvoy, however, said the entire exercise had some merit.
“(It was a) really solid piece of work. The horse he worked with is a very good galloper but Hey Doc was just a bit fresh and pulled a little bit hard and levelled out a little bit late,” he added.
“But we achieved what we wanted to do. He came here and had a nice strong hit-out and had a good healthy blow and he’ll come on in leaps and bounds.”
Hey Doc is due to run first-up at The Valley in the Listed Carlyon Stakes on August 25 on his way to defending his title in the $1 million Manikato Stakes on October 26.