Kolding, a 4 year old son of Ocean Park, kept up a blistering tempo in the Epsom Handicap Group 1 to win the prestigious race from the fast finishing Te Akau Shark.
Kolding was sold by Wentwood Grange at Karaka to bloodstock Agent Guy Mulcaster for owners
Neville and Judy Morgan and is trained by Chris Waller and was ridden by Glen Boss.
It is of course the same vendor, agent, owner, trainer and jockey responsible for Kermadec’s win in
the Doncaster Handicap.
Kolding was bred by Wentwood Grange in partnership with long term clients Warren and Barb Pegg
from the mare Magic Star. Magic Star had previously left Group 2 winner Sampson and Listed 2 Year Old winner, Miss Upstart.
Kolding's career really began to take off after the horse experienced the ultimate gear change in his
three year old season. Since then the now gelding has won 6 of his last 7 races including the Group 2 Queensland Guineas and the Group 3 Bill Ritchie handicap - a race that made him exempt from the ballot and the handicapper for the Group 1 Epsom.
Carrying 50.5kg on Saturday, Kolding skilfully ridden by Randwick Mile expert Boss, took a sit just off the pace and was able to take the lead at 400m and hold off the challenge of Te Akau Shark in
the straight. Te Akau Shark and Kolding had swapped favourites tag a few times in the week leading up to the race as punters struggled to separate them.
Kolding became the latest Group 1 winner from Wentwood Grange, which in the last 8 years has been responsible for offering an amazing 9 Group 1 winners for sale, with Sully aiming for the Caulfield Cup and Sir Charles Road on target for another crack at the Melbourne Cup after his 3rd in the Metropolitan Handicap. There is good chance of adding to that tally soon.