By Brad Gray
Chris Waller is confident we’ll see the best of Egg Tart again this autumn, with the four-year-old showing signs she can recapture her three-year-old form which saw her win two Group Ones.
It all comes down to the feed bin for Egg Tart, who will resume in the $150,000 G3 Liverpool City Cup at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
“She wasn’t eating as much last preparation as she was as a three-year-old so whether it was seasonal, or something bothering her, we couldn’t put our finger on it but she certainly didn’t race as well,” Waller reflected.
“Now she is eating what she was as a three-year-old and maintaining her weight. She came back well and ran a brilliant second to Deploy in track record time and we missed the Epsom with a sore eye but that’s a long way from her legs or heart, and although it didn’t seem like a problem for the rest of the preparation, whether it halted her momentum I don’t know.”
Waller also believes she is a better horse with some cut in the ground, which she should still get come the weekend despite the sunny forecast heading into Saturday.
“I’m happy with her and at her best she can win that race on Saturday,” he said.
Meanwhile, two-year-old colt Zousain is a "natural" according to Waller and continues to remind him of his father, Zoustar, ahead of the G2 $200,000 Schweppes Skyline Stakes (1200m).
Zousain winning at Randwick on debut
“I love his attitude, there is so much of dad in him it’s not funny. He continues to improve. He walks back after his gallops very relaxed, which I think is a really good sign in a racehorse,” said Waller.
“He is a very professional horse but Saturday will tell us if he is a genuine Golden Slipper contender at his third race start or we do like dad and go to Queensland.”
The stable will also be represented by Fiesta in the $200,000 G2 Chandon S Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m), with her toughness in the Widden Stakes garnering plenty of praise from Waller.
“She is a natural as well and has the points on the board,” he said.
“It was a pretty dominant win after being in a pinball machine up the straight. That’s pretty gusty for a young filly to come out on top like that and her work has been good. I'd just like to see her settle a touch better in the blinkers.
"She's a foolproof horse and she’ll be there in three weeks' time."
Egg Tart is rated a $10 chance in the Liverpool City Cup with TAB Fixed Odds.