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Racing New South Wales Senior Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann will run his eye over the Chris Waller trained Egg Tart to see if she is fit to take her place in the Group 1 $1m Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Egg Tart, above in green and red colours, has to pass a vet's inspection before taking her place in the Epsom Handicap at Randwick. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Egg Tart, above in green and red colours, has to pass a vet’s inspection before taking her place in the Epsom Handicap at Randwick. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Waller reported to Racing New South Wales Stewards this morning that Egg Tart had been treated with anti-inflammatories and antibiotics for an eye irritation since her last start second to Deploy in the Group 2 $200,000 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on September 9.

Waller informed the stewards that his stable vet had cleared Egg Tart to run on Saturday and Racing New South Wales released the following statement that said the dual Oaks winning mare would be inspected again at 10am today.

“Trainer Mr Chris Waller has reported to Racing NSW Stewards this morning that Egg Tart has developed an eye irritation to the near side eye since it’s last start in the Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill on 9 September 2017.

“Mr Waller advised the mare has been treated with anti-inflammatories and antibiotics and has responded well to the treatment. Egg Tart has been examined by an Equine Eye Specialist and his stable veterinarian who both have passed the mare fit to start in this Saturday’s TAB Epsom Handicap. Mr Waller has further advised the mare has not missed any work and has pleased the stable in recent gallops at Rosehill on 23 September 2017 and this morning at Rosehill where Egg Tart galloped with Foxplay over 1000m.

“Egg Tart will be inspected by Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann at 10am this morning.”

Egg Tart will go into the Epsom Handicap second up and in early betting at Ladbrokes.com.au was marked at $5.50 with the Pat Webster trained Happy Clapper at $4.50 the only other runner ahead of her in the market order.

Egg Tart rose up through the ranks during the 2017 Autumn Carnival with five undefeated runs which included a win in the Group 1 $400,000 Schweppes Oaks (registered as Australasian Oaks) (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6 and a win in the Group 1 $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben on June 3.

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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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