Vets monitor key Epsom Handicap runner

Posted by Sports News First on 28/9/2017
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Egg Tart remains in doubt for the Epsom Handicap as the mare continues be treated for an eye irritation.

The Chris Waller-trained second favourite for Saturday’s $1 million race at Randwick was to be examined by an independent veterinarian on Wednesday.

Egg Tart failed an examination by Racing NSW veterinarian Dr Craig Suann on Tuesday, shortly before she drew barrier one for the Group One mile.

Dr Suann will also re-examine Egg Tart on Thursday.

“We’ve got a few days before now and Epsom Handicap day. We’ll monitor it over the next few days to ascertain whether it’s improving,” Racing NSW chief steward Mark Van Gestel said.

Egg Tart has been treated with anti-inflammatories but the time frame to use that medication was over.

“It’ll be a matter now of just how the horse responds without that anti-inflammatory treatment,” Van Gestel told Sky Sports Radio.

“We’re not under any illusions that the horse is a definite starter, but we’ll give the horse every chance to get to the barriers on Saturday.”

Egg Tart is the $4.80 second Epsom elect behind the Pat Webster-trained Happy Clapper ($3.80).

A two-time Group One winner, Egg Tart claimed six successive races before a last-start second to Deploy in the Group Two Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) on September 9.

Egg Tart galloped with stablemate Foxplay on Tuesday.