EGG HER ON
McEvoy predicts big future for leading Queensland Oaks fancy
SHE’S no Winx just yet but exciting filly Egg Tart can stretch her winning sequence to six with victory in tomorrow’s Group 1 $500,000 Queensland Oaks (2200m).
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy is rapt with the decision to move the to Doomben and believes she’s had a perfectly timed preparation with barrier trial since her latest win in Adelaide.
One of seven runners in the fillies classic for trainer Chris Waller, Egg Tart would be the first to claim the Schweppes OaksQueensland Oaks double if successful.
CHAMPION jockey Kerrin McEvoy believes the best is yet to come from Queensland Oaks favourite Egg Tart ahead of her grand final at Doomben tomorrow.
One of an amazing seven runners from the Chris Waller stable, Egg Tart has won her last five and McEvoy said he was taken by the improvement between riding her to a maiden win at Canterbury in November and last start Schweppes Oaks success Adelaide.
“She’s pretty straightforward and has a nice way about her, she handle on what she’s out there to do,” McEvoy said.
“I still feel is improvement to come in her next preparation so she is exciting.”
Egg Tart overcame traffic to win at Morphettville and the form has been strengthened with runner-up Kenedna subsequently winning the Doomben Roses while third placed Ana Royale took out the SA Fillies Classic.
McEvoy, who won the Group 1 $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks (2200m) on Purple in 2009 and is chasing his eighth major this season, said the switch from Eagle Farm to Doomben is in Egg Tart’s favour.
He was one of Eagle Farm’s biggest critics after riding on the embattled track last weekend.
“She’s sharp filly so I’m not unhappy with the race being a furlong shorter,” he said.
“The unknown of Eagle Farm was what worried me.
“She gave me a good feel in Adelaide and she can measure up to running a big race. She trialled well the other day and she’s had a nice prepared campaign.”
Of course Waller won the only other running of Queensland Oaks at Doomben with champion Winx two years ago.
Interestingly, no filly has completed the Schweppes Oaks-Queensland Oaks double.
While McEvoy is confident of Oaks success, trainer Stuart Webb just as bullish about Ana Royale’s chance of turning the tables tomorrow.
Webb said although he’d prefer the Oaks be run over its traditional distance that is negated by the switch in tracks to a more reliable surface.
“I would rather be knowing I’m going to handle a good track at Doomben than a beach with a mat of what you’d call grass on top of it,” Webb said.
“She’ll be charging at the end the trip and others still have to get over that distance do it.
“I’m very confident that she’s the horse to beat.”
Ana Royale backed up her eye-catching third behind Egg Tart and Kenedna with a dominant win in the 2500m SA Fillies Classic and that win sealed tomorrow’s rematch.
She’ll be striving to be the second Fillies classic winner to claim the Queensland Oaks after Zacheline in 1998.
Webb said it shouldn’t be forgotten that Ana Royale was finishing over the top of the first pair in closing stages but respects opposition.
“They all have good form around them, Kenedna went to Brisbane and I stayed in Adelaide she was dominant,” he said.
“The three of them will be the group to beat again.
“I think this year the Schweppes Oaks in Adelaide was the best edition of that race the last decade.”
I still feel there is improvement to come in her next preparation so she is exciting. – Kerrin McEvoy