Duporth's Hey Doc Adds The Winterbottom Stakes to His Group 1 Haul

Mark Smith - Saturday November 30

The career of the Group 1 Australian Guineas and Group 1 Manikato Stakes hero Hey Doc looked to be all but over when he was sidelined for more than a year after undergoing bone chip surgery but at just his second start after his enforced holiday the 6yo son of Duporth earned a third win at the highest level in Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot in Perth.

Luke Currie eased the Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained gelding across from his outside barrier and was gifted an uncontested lead.A rejuvinated Hey Doc earns a third Group 1 win image Grant Courtney

It was a procession from there on and it was apparent when he was still full of running coming around the home turn that Hey Doc had the race well in control.  

The 6yo gelding defeated Vital Silver (Wanted) by two and a half lengths with the 10yo veteran Rock Magic (Redoute’s Choice), who ran in the race as a 4yo in 2014, another long neck away in third.

"I definitely would have liked to have drawn inside a few," Currie said.

"When I got over I never felt I was going to get beaten. He did it nice and easy in front.

"He is a special horse to me. He cemented my relationship with Tony McEvoy which has been the difference in my career and congratulations to Calvin on his first Group 1."

Tony McEvoy said it was a special moment to get a first Group 1 with his son.

“This will be the first of many I can assure you,” he said.

“He (Calvin) is in Melbourne having ten days off before flying to Hong Kong and I’m staying home and working so there is something wrong there.

“Hey Doc was fabulous today. All the signs were telling us that. It’s been about a five-month campaign to get him back. We gave him a long time with his injury and then gave him a long slow prep back. He was very close (when third) at Sandown, he wasn’t quite there and his class got him to within a neck and then to see the improvement in him physically from there to here, well I wish I was a punter I would have had a bet”.Hey Doc as a yearling

Consigned to the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling sale by Rosemont Stud, Hey Doc was knocked down to McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $85,000.

The 6yo gelding has been rock-solid investment.

His overall record stands at 9 wins, 1 second and 3 thirds from 23 starts with earnings of $2,387,300.

Hey Doc is the second and final foal of the 3-time winning General Nediym mare Heyington Honey who died in February 2015.

He is a son of Kooringal Stud's underrated stallion Duporth, a Group 1 winning son of Red Ransom who stands for a fee of $8,800 in 2019







Race Result - Winterbottom Stakes Gr1 1200m

Ascot Track: Good(4) Time: 1:08.59
Hey Doc
T: T & C McEvoy J: L Currie 58.5
6g Duporth (AUS) x Heyington Honey (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
Vital Silver
T: D & B Pearce J: B Melham 58.5
6g Wanted (AUS) x Vintage Silver (AUS) (Marooned (GB))
Rock Magic
T: Chris Gangemi J: Jarrad Noske 58.5
10g Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Rockabubble (AUS) (Bubble Gum Fellow (JPN))
T: James Cummings J: K Mc Evoy 58.5
5g Street Cry (IRE) x Outdoor (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: Simon Miller J: P Harvey 56.5
4m Artie Schiller (USA) x Ajaweed (AUS) (Hennessy (USA))
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Craig Williams 53.5
3c Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Suspicieuse (FR) (Elusive City (USA))
T: James Cummings J: D Oliver 58.5
5g Poet's Voice (GB) x Patina (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Spirit Of Valor
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: S Parnham 58.5
6h War Front (USA) x Stone Hope (USA) (Grindstone (USA))
T: A G Durrant J: W Pike 58.5
5g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Best Feature (AUS) (Secret Savings (USA))
Endless Drama
T: A W Pike J: L G Innes 58.5
8h Lope De Vega (IRE) x Desert Drama (IRE) (Green Desert (USA))
Misty Metal
T: Robert & Todd Harvey J: S Mc Gruddy 56.5
5m Oratorio (AUS) x Rubitawny (AUS) (Rubiton (AUS))
Valour Road
T: Simon Miller J: Chris Parnham 58.5
4g Frost Giant (USA) x Melba Avenue (AUS) (Street Sense (USA))
Home Of The Brave
T: James Cummings J: Damian Lane 58.5
8g Starspangledbanner (AUS) x Blissful Beat (GB) (Beat Hollow (GB))
T: Vaughn Sigley J: T Turner 58.5
8g Magnus (AUS) x Tennessee Morn (AUS) (Bletchingly (AUS))
More Reading...
North Pacific Earns Favouritism for the Golden Rose
Orbis Bloodstock’s glorious-looking Brazen Beau colt North Pacific cemented his spot among the top rung of three-year-olds in Sydney and went to the top of the markets in the Golden Rose following a bloodless win in Saturday’s Group III Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) on a bottomless track at Randwick.
How Did This Name Get Through?
In the politically correct world we now live in where Coon Cheese is to be renamed and Redskins are no more, how is that a horse called The Fat White is allowed to race - are we not worried that fat white people – and there are millions of them in Australia– will be offended?
A Closer Look at I Am Invincible
Yarraman Park elected to reduce the fee on I Am Invincible this spring to $209,000 in light of looming global financial difficulties arising from pandemic, however he remains Australia’s most expensive sire so the time is right to take a ‘closer look’.
All Too Hard's Behemoth Monsters Them In Spring Stakes
A luckless fourth at his most recent start in the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 16, the David Jolly-trained Behemoth emerged from his three-month hibernation with a dominant win in Saturday’s Group III Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.
Oaks and Derby Winner Both Sired by Galileo
Galileo might be 22, but you would never know that looking at racetrack results this year with his progeny continuing their domination of major races wining both the Group I Epsom Derby (1m4f)  and Oaks (1m4f) overnight in the UK.
Pride of Dubai Filly Wins G3 Quezette
Never further back than fourth in seven previous starts, talented Pride of Dubai filly Bella Nipotina picked the right day to cast off maiden status scoring a dominant victory in the Group III MRC Quezette Stakes (1100m)at Caulfield on Saturday.
First Foal for Trapeze Artist
Bred and retained to race by Bert Vieira, Champion 3YO Sprinter Trapeze Artist is now moving on with the next phase of his career with the arrival of his first foals and it only seems fitting one of the first to be born was bred by Mr Vieira.
A Closer Look at a Legend
Our ‘Closer Look’ statistical stories on various sires have been super popular with our audience and I’ve been putting off doing this one as I knew it would involve a lot of work, but I’m sure it’s a worthwhile effort as we’re delving into the record of a sire that has made the last 20 years his own.
Coolmore Secure Wootton Bassett
Best known as the sire of 2016 European Champion 3YO Almanzor, Wootton Bassett has been purchased by Coolmore from Haras d’Etreham.
A Bit of a Headache but Kisukano is Very Very Good
Kisukano must have been close to wearing out her welcome with the starter before the running of Saturday’s Tab Long May We Play Hcp (1200m) at Eagle Farm, however consenting to take her place in the barriers proved the only worry for her supporters.