Hey Doc Lands The Winterbottom Stakes

While some may have been deterred by the wide draw, the Team McEvoy trained Hey Doc had all the answers when leading throughout to win the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes.

Jumping away beautifully from the outside, Hey Doc crossed with ease and from there it was virtually game over.

A well judged ride by jockey Luke Currie, Hey Doc was home a long way out, scoring easily by two-and-a-half lengths.

Hey Doc winning the Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stks
Hey Doc winning the Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stks Picture: Western Racepix

"I definitely would have liked to have drawn inside a few, but he offset that in 50m, he was very quick across, he got it nice and easy in front, once he got over he felt like he was never going to get beat," Currie said.

"Any horse to come back from having 18 months off, you can't underestimate the effort by both the horse and the staff and anyone who's had anything to do with him."

"It's a big team effort and it's well deserved today."

The first Group 1 success for father/son partnership Tony and Calvin McEvoy, Tony was understandably thrilled post-race.

"Very special, Calvin was working in Melbourne today, it's just so nice to have him onboard with me, this will a first of many I assure you," Tony McEvoy said.

"It's been a long campaign, about five months work to get him back. We gave him a long time with his injury and then we gave him a long slow preparation back.

"He was very close at Sandown, but he wasn't quite there, his class got him to within a neck.

"To see the improvement in him physically from there to here, I wish I was punter, I would have had a bet."

"He was fabulous today, all the signs were telling us that."

A remarkable training performance, Hey Doc collected his third Group 1 success and stamped himself one of Currie's all-time favourites.

Jockey Luke Currie and Hey Doc's connections
Jockey Luke Currie and Hey Doc's connections Picture: Western Racepix

"He's a special horse to me, he probably cemented myself my relationship with Tony McEvoy, he's made the difference in my career." Currie said.

Second up off a lengthy 427 break, McEvoy hadn't always planned to go to Perth with the six-year-old, but was very happy he did.

"There's so few races I can run him in and when I missed the VRC Sprint, I told Perth Racing that he was coming and they've been tremendous help to us," McEvoy said.

"Neville Parnham and his staff have put us up there and made a real joy for us and the ownership group."


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Ascot

Saturday, 30th November 2019

8
16:50
(local)

Winterbottom Stakes (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
AUD $1,000,000
1200m TURF GOOD
8
16:50
(local)
AUD $1,000,000
1200m GOOD

Winterbottom Stakes (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 3. HEY DOC (AUS) 6yo G
DUPORTH (AUS) - HEYINGTON HONEY (AUS)
LUKE CURRIE
T & C MCEVOY
$13.00
58.5kg
Mrs A F Ramsay, A C Hall, Mrs P M George, M J Davidson, Ms D M Mahony, G S Tucker, J W & Mrs J F Higgins, M F & Mrs A J James, B S Evans, Ms J Tynan, Mrs J Harvey, D P Smith, Mrs R Smith, Mrs S R Smith, P H Smith, G C Babich, Dr N J Babich & Lucky Fifteen (Mgr: C Bracken)

Sales Information

2nd 10. VITAL SILVER (AUS) 6yo G
WANTED (AUS) - VINTAGE SILVER (AUS)
BEN MELHAM
DANIEL & BEN PEARCE
$7.00
58.5kg
B M Pearce, T D Forrest, D S Emmerson, A J Duffy, P R Brace, G J Foster, R K Foster, M S Deaves, R G Lynn, M F Hunt & Ms H C Hunt

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3rd 4. ROCK MAGIC (AUS) 10yo G
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - ROCKABUBBLE (AUS)
JARRAD NOSKE
CHRIS GANGEMI
$31.00
58.5kg
Gangemi Thoroughbreds (Mgr: M J Gangemi), Mercon Racing (Mgr: D Condidorio), R J Wade, D P Coyne, J Coyne, A B Da Prato, D R McLean, D A Cestrilli, Mrs S M White, L H Scamaton, K F Jones, A G W Strauch, R C Stone, N L Gleeson, C H Yeak & S Fraser

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4th 1. TREKKING (AUS) 5yo G
STREET CRY (IRE) - OUTDOOR (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
JAMES CUMMINGS
$2.88
58.5kg
5th 13. FLIRTINI (AUS) 4yo M
ARTIE SCHILLER (USA) - AJAWEED (AUS)
PAUL HARVEY
SIMON A MILLER
$7.00
56.5kg

Sales Information

6th 15. DUBIOUS (AUS) 3yo C
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - SUSPICIEUSE (FR)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$8.00
53.5kg

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7th 7. VIRIDINE (AUS) 5yo G
POET'S VOICE (GB) - PATINA (AUS)
DAMIEN OLIVER
JAMES CUMMINGS
$17.00
58.5kg
8th 11. SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) 5yo H
WAR FRONT (USA) - STONE HOPE (USA)
STEVEN PARNHAM
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$101.00
58.5kg

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9th 12. STAGEMAN (AUS) 5yo G
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - BEST FEATURE (AUS)
WILLIAM PIKE
ADAM DURRANT
$13.00
58.5kg

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10th 9. ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) 7yo H
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - DESERT DRAMA (IRE)
LEITH INNES
TONY PIKE
$31.00
58.5kg

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11th 14. MISTY METAL (AUS) 5yo M
ORATORIO (AUS) - RUBITAWNY (AUS)
SEAN MCGRUDDY
Robert & Todd Harvey
$31.00
56.5kg
12th 8. VALOUR ROAD (AUS) 4yo G
FROST GIANT (USA) - MELBA AVENUE (AUS)
CHRIS PARNHAM
SIMON A MILLER
$26.00
58.5kg

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13th 5. HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) 7yo G
STARSPANGLEDBANNER (AUS) - BLISSFUL BEAT (GB)
DAMIAN LANE
JAMES CUMMINGS
$21.00
58.5kg

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14th 2. MALAGUERRA (AUS) 8yo G
MAGNUS (AUS) - TENNESSEE MORN (AUS)
TROY TURNER
VAUGHN SIGLEY
$67.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

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