Egg Tart destined for Caulfield Cup
HORSE RACING: Egg Tart is destined for a crack at the prestigious Caulfield Cup after ticking all the boxes at Corbould Park on Saturday.
The four-year-old mare returned to the winner's circle during the Group 2 P.J. O'Shea Stakes at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club after crossing first well ahead of Tradesman and Megablast.
Egg Tart, an odds-on favourite at $2.30, held back for much of the 2200m race but started making her way through the field at the final turn and started pulling away from the group in the final stages to win comfortably.
It was the first time the Chris Waller-trained horse had won in 12months, her last victory being the Queensland Oaks in June last year.
The victory pushed her career earnings over the $1m mark.
"It was a beautiful ride by Leith (Innes), he just eased her into the race at the right time and she was cantering at the 300m and when he pressed the button she was strong to the line," stable foreman Paul Shailer said.
"She loves it up here in Queensland and she's ticked all the boxes and her work has been great and it's good to see her get a win on the board."
Shailer said with a win in the bag, Egg Tart would now head to spell before being pepped for a Spring Carnival campaign.
"Her target was the Doomben Cup (a fortnight ago) and today was an after thought just to check her at this distance and she ticked that box and I think Chris (Waller) might have the Caufield Cup in mind for her," Shailer said.
Hermitage Syndicate manager Oliver Koolman was proud to see Egg Tart return to form and said she'd come a long way in her career on the track.
"This horse was a $40,000 reject from the Easter Yearling Sales and she turned up to the biggest stable in Australia and got treated like a champion," he said.
"She's not a champion but she's been given every opportunity."
Sunshine Coast jockey Damian Browne placed third in the $200,000 race aboard Megablast.