I would be completely forgiving of Hey Doc yesterday.......that was pretty firm ground.https://www.racing.com/news/2020-02-24/news-hey-doc
He had a year off after pulling up badly on the piece of concrete RVL called a good track at Flemington in the spring of 2018.
He follows a bit of a pattern like many of Victorian's older gallopers who are jarred up.......just seen too many tracks like these.
Steward's vision not up but the big boy looked a bit erratic in the straight and didn't look that comfortable.
What can I say other than 'I told you so'
Hard to find the words to describe an industry that rides on the backs of their champions yet can't even provide them with a safe surface to gallop on.
Hey Doc having survived his near death experience at Flemington on Makybe Diva Stakes day 2018 gets his bones completely rattled once again on a so-called 'good' track at Caulfield.
This is an industry that tells us the tracks are prepared in the interest of horse welfare when it is obvious it's something else.
Is it because big punters want to bet on firm tracks or just track preservation?.......Wake up if it is.
Animal welfare will sink horse racing.
Can I suggest a road trip to Perth for the people who are really responsible for the presentation of Melbourne Metro tracks.
If the Perth track manager can produce a proper good track to race on in summer , then so can you........maybe bring back a core sample.
Boy you do have a problem when WA's leading jock describes the Caulfield track as 'rock hard' and I'm not sure if he was even on the polished bit on the inside.