Waller’s Tart looking sweet for Spring
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.