Hey Doc Undeterred by Age and Injuries

MOONEE PONDS, Victoria — Calvin McEvoy has shared that Hey Doc is fit to compete despite his age and injuries incurred recently. The racehorse trainer offered his remarks as the forthcoming William Reid Stakes 2021 tilt looms. Hey Doc will participate in this 1,200-metre horse race on Friday, March 19, at the Moonee Valley Racecourse.

According to the update posted online by Australian horse racing information and news website Racenet, Hey Doc is the only seven-year-old contestant among the 18 nominees in the William Reid Stakes 2021. Nonetheless, the grand sprinter’s four Group One wins make him the highest-rated galloper on 113. In the past, Hey Doc has not tackled the William Reid Stakes, though spring’s Group One Manikato Stakes resulted in him winning this other top sprint in the Valley twice.

As Hey Doc gives away his age in the Group One, $500,000-horse racing event on Friday, he will also reportedly make history. In the past 30 years, three racehorses aged seven or older bagged the top prize in the William Reid Stakes. They are 1991 champion Redelva, 2002 winner Toledo, and 2005 top prize winner Cape Of Good Hope.

Besides his age, Hey Doc is also unstoppable despite his fair share of niggling injuries, per McEvoy. The racehorse trainer said that his top-performing, seven-year-old gelding had had some injuries with his feet and some troubles with a pectoral muscle and his fetlock. However, McEvoy relayed that Hey Doc has come back in fine order for his current campaign. 

He cited that patience is key and had delivered amazing effects to Heyington Honey and Duporth’s son. According to McEvoy, the bay-coloured Ballarat runner, who has merely 30 starts, had been trotting and in fine health condition as he had ever been. Hey Doc’s trainer described the sprinter as a winner of four Group One horse racing competitions at ages three, four, six, and seven years old. 

McEvoy affirmed that his galloper had done a fantastic job in these horse racing contests. He also pointed out that Hey Doc may be a robust and huge racehorse. Nonetheless, he said that his runner is “a gentleman” and a pleasure to train.

In TAB’s ‘all-in’ market, Hey Doc is an $11-chance on the William Reid Stakes 2021 racing event. Additionally, in Hey Doc’s autumn horse racing campaign, the forthcoming weight-for-age contest will be his first of two Group One aims. For McEvoy’s May agenda, Hey Doc will have another crack at the Goodwood in Adelaide. Hey Doc has bagged prize money totalling $3,109,300 at the time of writing, per the details posted on Racenet.

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