2016 Blue Diamond Stakes May Figure for McEvoy Pair

January 18th, 2016

Talented pair Lessyd and Hey Doc were notable omissions from the list of 209 when 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes second acceptances were released last week, however trainer Tony McEvoy has revealed connections of the stable mates may pay a late entry fee for the race should they perform well in the Inglis Premier (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 6th.

Lessyd (outside) and Hey Doc (inside) may still contest the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Lessyd (outside) and Hey Doc (inside) may still contest the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Lessyd has more than stamped his claims as one to watch through a short three race career so far; highlighted by success in the Better Beyond Plate (1100m) at Flemington last time out on January 16th.

Hey Doc is also yet to finish outside the first three; winning the Schweppes Plate (1050m) on debut on January 2nd before placing second in the Better Beyond Plate.

McEvoy believes both horses had no luck in running despite their quinella over the weekend and believes their performances, coupled with another good showing in the Inglis Premier may warrant connections paying the late entry fee into the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes.

“After I watched that race a few times I thought that very little went right for Lessyd,” McEvoy told Racing Ahead.

“I saw on Saturday that Hey Doc got exposed a long way from home and he floated for a couple of furlongs which didn’t help him, but when I watched Lessyd he had to make a mid-race move and he ran three furlongs in a row sub 11.

“It was a pretty good performance.

“He (Lessyd) sort of got there a little bit earlier than we wanted, coming through there was never really a plan to win at two and here we are raising the bar,” McEvoy said.

“Both of those boys will go straight to the Inglis Premier on the sixth of February.”

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