The good-looking Hey Doc was certainly turning heads at Flemington even before the C.S. Hayes Stakes was run.
But he is not just a pretty face, as underneath he is a tough and smart galloper with a high cruising speed and an impressive finishing kick.
And that was just what Hey Doc showed his admirers, when the three year old gelding exploded away over the final 300m to win the 1400m Group 3 at Flemington on Saturday.
The three-year-old gelding is a son of Duporth and is out of the General Nediym mare, Heyington Honey.
Behind the breeding and upbringing of Hey Doc is Adrian Hall.
Based in Yarram in South Gippsland, Adrian is a small breeder who has kept a share in the horse after selling through the Inglis Premier Sale.
“It would be nice to keep a share in all of them, but I really liked him and spoke to Tony to stay in him,” Adrian said.
With prize money over $500,000, he is glad he did.
“It would be very nice to breed and race a Group 1 winner,” Adrian said as he looked forward to the gelding’s next hit-out in the famed Australian Guineas.
Hey Doc was prepared by Rosemont Stud for the 2015 Inglis Premier Sale and was catalogued in session two.
“It was a shame he wasn’t in the first session but his breeding wasn’t commercial,” Adrian said.
“As soon as word got round the sales that he was a nice type, they came and looked at him anyway. (In the end) he sold in the top three lots for that session.”
Hall recalls “his mum was a very nice type, and he (Hey Doc) was a lovely foal and a cracking yearling…a great to handle, intelligent type.”
Unfortunately Adrian lost Heyington Honey after only producing two foals.
The half-sister, Heather Honey (Congrats) is currently racing with Simon Morrish at Ballarat.
“After five second placings, she won her maiden three weeks ago and picked up a nice VOBIS Gold bonus too!
Meanwhile, Hey Doc, with five wins in just the eleven starts, is favourite for the Australian Guineas in two weeks time.
A win in the big race at Headquarters could make him the most famous product to ever come out of his South Gippsland hometown.