Sebring Mare Hits Top Form in G2 O’Shea
Winless since taking out the Group I BRC Queensland Oaks last year, quality Sebring mare Egg Tart indicated a return to peak form was imminent with a last start second in the Group I BRC Doomnben Cup and went one better today.
Sent out favourite for the Group II BRC PJ O’Shea Stakes over 2200 metres at weight-for-age, the Chris Waller trained Egg Tart showed her class at the Sunshine Coast.
She zoomed to the line for Leigh Innes to win by two and a half lengths taking her overall record to seven wins and three placings from 17 starts with prizemoney of $1.1 million.
“She’s a classy mare, said stable representative Paul Shailer.
“We brought her here to test her at the distance and she did us proud.
“The Doomben Cup was her real target, so today was a bit of an afterthought to test her at the distance. I think Chris has the Caulfield Cup in the back of his mind for her.”
Egg Tart was a modest $40,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Jorson Farm draft for Anton Koolman and Heritage Thoroughbreds, who enjoyed success with this year’s Queensland Oaks winner Youngstar.
She is the best of two winners from 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 very smart stayer.
Mrs Windsor died last year and Egg Tart is her only daughter.
Egg Tart is the 12th Australian stakes-winner this season for Sebring, who stands this spring at Widden at a fee of $66,000.