EGG HER ON

McEvoy pre­dicts big future for lead­ing Queens­land Oaks fancy

The Sportsman Weekend - - Front Page - By RAY HICKSON

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

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