Hey Doc Diagnosed with Sore Chest Muscles in Disappointing Lightning

There is a famous movie scene, used in countless movies, where a performer collapses on stage. Someone come to the performer’s aid, and then queries the audience, “Is there a doctor in the house?”

When Hey Doc ran close to the lead on February’s Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington, but failed to finish his run with the expected effort, it is almost possible to imagine Hey Doc trainer Tony McEvoy shouting toward the grandstand or the members’, “Is there a veterinarian in the house?” Unfortunately, there was a doctor, but he was on the track trying to run with the discomfort of sore muscles.

Hey Doc managed to jump badly and strain some muscles in his chest, which McEvoy says was the reason Hey Doc ran seventh in the 10-horse field despite jumping at a starting price close to the favorites, save Redzel at $1.80, who was edged for the win by Redkirk Warrior.

His last time out, in October of 2017, Hey Doc turned in an impressive run in winning the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley for his second win at Group 1 level.

Based on his racing record, Hey Doc is one of those that has shown inconsistency at times, to the extent that when he takes to the track, punters are left to wonder which Hey Doc it is showing up for the day.

“Luke (Currie) said at the 600m he had no horse underneath him and that’s not the horse at all,” McEvoy said.“At the time we were disappointed obviously but once he’d cooled down we could see he was tender in the chest area.The physio has done some work on him and will look at him again this week. If he hasn’t come right I won’t run him in the Newmarket but if he’s fine we’ll push on.”

Redkirk Warrior won the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap last year and the Lightning Stakes, along with the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, is considered a good lead up for those looking for an edge in Newmarket wagering.

Hopefully, Hey Doc will be in the house for the race.

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