Waller’s Tart look­ing sweet for Spring

The Sportsman Midweek - - News - By CARYL WIL­LIAMSON

COM­PAR­ISONS to Winx are pre­ma­ture but Egg Tart is ready step out in a spring prepa­ra­tion that mir­rors that of her il­lus­tri­ous sta­ble­mate two years ago.

As he of­ten does with Winx, trainer Chris Waller took Egg Tart to Rand­wick on Satur­day for a race day gal­lop,

week out from her re­turn in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes.

Af­ter Satur­day’s Group 2 1300m-race she will go to the Ep­som Hand­i­cap, both won by Winx in 2015, third and fourth of her now 19-race win­ning streak.

Af­ter the two Syd­ney races, Winx went on to claim her first Cox Plate but whether Egg Tart takes on as she goes for a third, re­mains to be seen.

“I think she is a gen­uine Ep­som horse,” Waller said.

“We gave her a good break af­ter Queens­land and that is the rea­son she wasn’t racing two or three weeks ago.

“She is not a big mare but she very ath­letic and quite fit.

“Tak­ing her to the races just gives a day out and blows cob­webs out.”

While he is not sure how far Egg Tart will go this spring, Waller said the Caulfield Cup was not a pre­ferred op­tion.

“It is a hard race and I think it takes a lot out of newly turned fouryear-old mare,” he said.

“I think Egg Tart is the sort of horse who could be even bet­ter in au­tumn so we will look af­ter her.”

Egg Tart’s fi­nal start as a three-year-old was in the Queens­land Oaks which co­in­ci­den­tally was run over 2200 me­tres at Doomben when Ea­gle Farm was shut down in win­ter as it had been when Winx won.

Un­like at the same stage, Egg Tart spent the au­tumn trav­el­ling, and win­ning, in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Ade­laide be­fore Bris­bane.

Be­fore she got to Queens­land won the Group 1 Sch­weppes Oaks at Mor­phettville.

Egg Tart is the $5 Ep­som favourite be­fore the re­lease of weights ahead Satur­day’s Tramway Stakes win­ner Happy Clap­per at $8.

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