FUNSTAR BOOKS HER FLIGHT TO EPSOM DAY
KOLDING rocketed into second favouritism for the $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) in a fortnight with a determined win at Royal Randwick yesterday in the 1400m event.
The Chris Waller-trained four-year-old looked gone when Fierce Impact strode past him just before the 100m but he fought back over the final 50m to win by a short-half-head.
He firmed from $11 to $6 for the Group 1 Epsom and will get into the race with just 50.5kg on his back — a weight jockey Glen Boss can make.
“It’s a good weight and he has a sense of timing,’’ Waller said. “It is the race we’ve set him for after running in the Queensland Guineas.
“It was good to see him fight strongly the last 50m when it looked like he was going to be beaten.’’
Like many great horses of the past, Kolding has turned into a different animal since being gelded this year.
“He’s a really nice horse and he showed that by winning three races at the end of the autumn,” Waller said.
“Most of them do (respond). Most of the Group 1 winners have been gelded at some stage.
“With him, it (gelding) clicked straight away.”
Waller said getting into the Epsom this year with a light
weight would be common.
“This year, the Epsom has been compacted with Happy Clapper and Hartnell in the nominations. There’s going to be a lot of horses getting in with 50.5kg,” he said.
Boss thought he was on a winner and a loser at different points in the straight.
“I was confident at the top of the straight that I was going to run really well but when Nash (Rawiller) on Fierce Impact put three-quarters of a length on me really quick, I thought ‘oh gee, that’s just too good’ but to his credit he lifted when I asked him to,’’ Boss said.
“That’s a good sign heading towards the Epsom.”
Kolding (outside) gets the better of Fierce Impact at Randwick. Picture: Simon Bullard