Egg Tart Makes Chris Waller Look Good in Queensland Oaks
Following in the hoof prints of Winx, filly Egg Tart won from her positon as favourite in the Group 1 2200 m Queensland Oaks at Doomben. The race is typically held at Eagle Farm, but that is another story.
Since Winx won the race in 2015, comparisons between her and Egg Tart were not long in coming. Those comparisons may be premature, just as it may be unfair to compare current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with all-time great Bob Hawke, but until enough time elapses to supply a proper historical perspective, winning the Queensland Oaks makes Egg Tart a valid target for comparison to Winx.
What would it take for Egg Tart to be considered an equal performer? We suppose she would have to win two Cox Plates, possibly three, as it appears that Winx is poised for a third in October of 2017, with no obvious threat in sight.
Other than that, if Egg Tart were to go on to win eight consecutive, lose one, and then win eight more, would she be considered a pretender to the Winx crown?
Comparisons such as these are fraught with intangible and less than black-and-white variables, so it will take time to unravel any suggested comparison between Winx and Egg Tart.
Which brings us to Chris Waller. He seems to be minting Group 1 gold at an impressive rate, does he not?
Maybe it is time to start drawing comparisons between Waller and who, Bart Cummings?
Waller has a way to go in order to be considered in that realm. Twelve Melbourne Cups for starters. He is a hot commodity at the moment, but trainers need to demonstrate longevity rivaling that of jockeys, where careers are accessed in terms of decades.
For all his recent accomplishments, including the current number one ranking among Australian thoroughbred trainers, Waller is lacking the most important criterion of greatness: His own Wikipedia page. Shocking. Shocking. Some aspiring journo needs to get busy.