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Dual Oaks winner Egg Tart has drawn barrier four in her 2017 Spring Carnival debut in the Group 2 $200,000 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Egg Tart, above in red and green colours, is resuminh in the Theo Marks  Stakes. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Egg Tart, above in red and green colours, is resuming in the Theo Marks Stakes. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

In-form jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who rode a personal best five winners on Chelmsford Stakes Day at Randwick last Saturday, will again be aboard Egg Tart after they combined for two memorable Oaks wins during the Autumn and Winter Carnivals.

The Chris Waller trained Egg Tart with McEvoy on top scored a nose win in the Group 1 $400,000 Schweppes Oaks (registered as Australasian Oaks) (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6 and then went on to score a more comfortable win in the Group 1 $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben on June 3.

Waller has selected the Group 1 $1m Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on September 30 as Egg Tart’s main Sydney Spring Carnival target.

“I think she is a genuine Epsom horse,” Waller told AAP.

“We gave her a good break after Queensland and that is the reason she wasn’t racing two or three weeks ago.

“She is not a big mare but she is very athletic and quite fit.

Waller will also saddle up Group 1 winners Foxplay and Good Prospect in the Theo Marks Stakes.

Foxplay had a break after winning the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Legacy Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 8 and almost caused the upset of the Sydney Spring Carnival when a nose second to champion stablemate Winx in the Group 2 $250,000 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 19.

Blake Shinn takes over from McEvoy on Foxplay who has drawn barrier six while Good Prospect will jump from gate seven with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

Trainer Gerald Ryan is looking forward to another a bold performance from Deploy who is coming off a last start win in the Group 3 $150,000 Suttons Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick on August 19.

The Fastnet Rock five year old has drawn nicely at barrier three and has Josh Parr replacing Brenton Avdulla in the saddle.

The Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig have Cannyescent (barrier 5) going around in the Theo Marks Stakes and the Canny Lad gelding will jump from gate five with Tim Clark replacing Damien Oliver who was aboard for the gelding’s first up nose second to Hey Doc in the Group 3 $150,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on August 12.

The Ron Quinton trained Dixie Blossoms has been primed for a good first up performance with two recent Randwick barrier wins but will have to overcome the outside barrier in the eight horse field.

Corey Brown replaces Sam Clipperton on Dixie Blossoms who hasn’t started since running third to Foxplay in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Final field for the Theo Marks Stakes (1300m)

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 14x24141x2 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Blake Shinn 6 59kg 112
2 77x0472x5x GOOD PROJECT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 57.5kg 105
3 x1111x2141 DEPLOY Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 3 56.5kg 103
4 214x31033x DIXIE BLOSSOMS Ron Quinton Corey Brown 8 56kg 106
5 060x57864x MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 2 55.5kg 101
6 431x11111x EGG TART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 55kg 104
7 10x20407x2 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 1 53.5kg 101
8 6×15161112 CANNYESCENT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Tim Clark 5 53kg 96

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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