Egg Tart should be hard to beat in Group 2 race at Caloundra
RACING: Sydney's leading stable is oozing confidence ahead of the P.J. O'Shea Stakes, to be held on the richest race day on the Sunshine Coast.
Chris Waller and his team will launch a two-pronged assault at the Group 2 trip over 2200m on Saturday.
Egg Tart's set to start favourite while top-weight One Foot In Heaven's been waiting for this race.
The former, a dual Group 1 winner, is primed for the occasion, according to the stable's racing manager Charlie Duckworth.
"Egg Tart's the one to beat," he said.
"Both her last two runs have been right back to her very best.
"She's unbeaten on a heavy track. The distance looks right, the jockey (Leith Innes) is right, everything's sort of perfect.
Waller, the trainer of glamour mare Winx, and his team have dominated the Sydney premiership this season.
Now they're set to make their mark on Corbould Park.
A $1.75 chance with Ladbrokes late Friday, Egg Tart is coming off the back of a second placing to Comin' Through in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) a fortnight ago.
The four-year-old mare has won three from four on a wet track and boasts six wins from 16 career starts.
"She doesn't need to be ridden that close because she's got a good turn of foot over a mile and if you go back through her form, she's finished second to the likes of Deploy, who ended up running in an Everest, so she's obviously got plenty of speed," Duckworth said.
"So over 2200m she should have the best sprint in the field, that's for sure."
The lengthy straight should suit One Foot In Heaven, to be steered by Corey Brown.
"This is probably his derby of the preparation ... and he'd need to mobile from the 500 to 600m and roll into it and go through his gears and if he produces his best form then realistically he should be able to beat them all."
The $200,000 P.J. O'Shea Stakes is one of two Group 2 races on a nine-race card scheduled for Saturday. With five Listed races, the day's action boasts more than $1million in prize money.