Dual Oaks Winner for Sebring
The most improved horse in the Chris Waller stable, Egg Tart has gone from a Class 1 winner at Newcastle in March to a dual Group I winner by the start of June.
Fresh from a resounding win in the Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks last month, the talented daughter of Sebring took her hot form to Brisbane on Saturday and powered clear to win the Group I BRC Queensland Oaks at Doomben.
Run at shorter distance of 2200 metres due to the change of venue from Eagle Farm, the Oaks attracted a big field of 16, but Egg Tart had them covered.
She surged to the line for Kerrin McEvoy to win by more than a length over the Godolphin runner Pygmy.
She was one of seven runners in the race for Chris Waller, who said the Group I ATC Epsom Handicap at Randwick in the spring was a realistic target for his rising star.
That was the path taken by Waller’s 2015 Queensland Oaks heroine Winx.
And while Waller was loathed to compare the two at similar stages of their careers, he did say Egg Tart had one trait the same as the champion.
“Her attitude, have a look at Egg Tart just standing there,” Waller said
“She has just run 2200m and she is just standing there with her ears pricked.
“That’s a good example of a good horse. She is not distressed and why is she not distressed?
“She has obviously got that x-factor where we are not calling on her reserves and they are pretty good signs to suggest she is a good horse in my eyes.
“Just like I did with Winx, I will give her a chance to tell me where she is heading, who knows.”
Kerrin MvEvoy has been on the filly at her last two starts and marvelled at her improvement.
“She has a sharp turn of foot which got me out of a tricky spot,” McEvoy said.
“I was behind horses which were not going anywhere and I was wide on the corner but she had the acceleration to get me out of it.
“She attacks the line and just wants to win.
“She has been well handled by Chris. She is only going to get better. ”
A modest $40,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Jorson Farm draft for Anton Koolman and Heritage Thoroughbreds, Egg Tart has won six of eight starts earning $795,150.
She is the second winner for unraced Mrs Windsor, a half-sister to Heart Ruler and daughter of Born to Be Queen, who both won the Group I AJC The Metropolitan over 2400 metres.
Mrs Windsor is also a half-sister to Group I AJC Spring Champion Stakes winner Coronation Day, so it’s no surprise Egg Tart has emerged as a quality starter.
Egg Tart is the third Group I winner for Sebring joining Criterion and Dissident.
The Golden Slipper winner has displayed real versatility as a sire to produce precocious two year-olds and high class classic three year-olds in much the same way as his own champion sire of More Than Ready (USA).
Sebring stands this spring at a fee of $66,000.