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Chris Waller’s dual Oaks winner Egg Tart has drawn a wide barrier in the final field for the 2018 Group 2 $200,000 Bradford Access Insulation P.J. O’Shea Stakes (2200m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Egg Tart will jump from gate nine in the ten horse P.J. O’Shea Stakes field with Kiwi jockey Leith Innes back in the saddle after the pair combined for a second behind stablemate Comin’ Through in the Group 1 $650,000 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on May 19.
Egg Tart has been struggling to find her best form during her four year old season and hasn’t visited the winner’s stall since claiming her second Oaks title in the Group 1 $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben twelve months ago.
A return to form by Egg Tart will see Waller target the 2018 Spring Carnival which could include a start in the Group 1 $3.15m Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield.
The Sunshine Coast track is currently rated a heavy 10 on Wednesday but that will suit Egg Tart who has a perfect three from three record on a heavy surface.
Waller will also saddle up One Foot In Heaven who drew barrier six with Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown in the saddle.
The French import is also struggling to be competitive and will head to the Sunshine Coast coming off a well beaten eleventh to Oregon’s Day in the Group 2 $358,000 Attwood Marshall A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on May 5.
One Foot In Heaven is yet to be tested on a heavy surface but has won four times on a soft rated track.
Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir will also saddle up two runners in the P.J. O’Shea Stakes with Tradesman, barrier two, and Gallic Chieftain, barrier three, drawing next to each other.
Dean Yendall replaced John Allen on Tradesman who was well beaten last start when ninth in the Doomben Cup while Jeff Lloyd takes over from Mark Zahra on Gallic Chieftain who struggled on the Doomben surface last start when tenth to Rising Red in the Group 3 $125,000 Channel Seven Premier’s Cup (2200m) last Saturday.
Kiwi stayer Megablast has been given the visitor’s draw and will jump from the outside gate with top local jockey Damian Browne taking the ride on the Nigel Tiley trained gelding.
Final field for 2018 P.J. O’Shea Stakes (2200m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x72x203x60||ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||6||59kg||107|
|2||3×36143110||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Jeff Lloyd||3||59kg||103|
|3||2266×45530||MAN OF HIS WORD||Bruce Hill||Michael Cahill||7||59kg||98|
|4||28x1948x16||MEGABLAST (NZ)||Nigel Tiley||Damian Browne||10||59kg||100|
|5||0x374x4419||TRADESMAN||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||2||59kg||94|
|6||1322310305||KAHARAU||Kenny Rae||Laura Cheshire||8||59kg||96|
|7||x270x40052||EGG TART||Chris Waller||Leith Innes||9||57kg||107|
|8||4277×32932||SMART AS YOU THINK||John McArdle||–||4||57kg||80|
|9||3314×21838||KARAVALI (NZ)||Kris Lees||Michael Walker||1||57kg||88|
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