GLEN’S STILL THE BOSS
CHRIS Waller and Glen Boss are the Royal Randwick “Mile Kings!”
The Hall of Fame trainer and jockey duo combined again to win another Randwick major with Kolding in the Group 1 $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) yesterday.
Kolding gave both their fourth Epsom. Waller had won the race with Boban (2013), He’s Your Man (2014) and Winx (2015). Boss had won it with Shogun Lodge (2000), Racing To Win (2006) and Captain Sonador (2010).
This is on top of Waller’s six Doncaster Miles and Boss’s all-time riding record of seven wins in the autumn carnival showpiece.
Kolding capped Waller’s “perfect day” which included a national record four Group 1 winners and world record seven stakes winners.
Waller saddled-up runners in six races at Randwick and won the lot including a Group 1 treble with Kolding, Come Play With Me (The Metropolitan) and Funstar (Flight Stakes). He also trained Group 2 Hill Stakes winner Verry Elleegant, Group 3 Breeders’ Plate winner Global Quest and Dealmaker (Gow Gates Handicap).
At Flemington, Waller trained the Group 1 quinella with Kings Will Dream beating Finche in the Turnbull Stakes, and the Group 2 Blazer Stakes with Haut Brion Her.
Waller said his rise to the summit of the Australian training ranks began with Boss and Triple Honour in the 2008 Doncaster Handicap.
“It all started with Triple Honour and ‘Bossy’,’’ Waller said.
“That gave me the confidence to be where I am now. It has been an amazing ride. I’ve got to say it was a great ride by ‘Bossy’ and full credit to him because he identified this horse a month ago as the horse he wanted to ride in the Epsom.
“These big Randwick miles are races people talk about and owners want to win, being such a big race, big field, there are so many chances.
“We’ve been lucky to come out in front a few times. It’s a great spectacle.”
In a memorable finish, Kolding ($5.50 equal favourite) held off Te Akau Shark ($5.50 eq fav) by a nose with another Waller runner Star Of The Seas ($13) three lengths away third.
Waller said Kolding will continue his spring campaign and is likely to be aimed at the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on November 2.
Kolding gave Boss his 83rd Group 1 winner, completing the rare Doncaster-Epsom double in the same year after winning the first leg on Brutal last autumn.
The champion jockey might have turned 50 recently but he is riding as well as at any stage of his outstanding career after returning to Sydney following four years in Singapore.
“There’s real fears coming back to Sydney when you are trying to break back into what is probably the hardest market in the world,’’ Boss said.
“I wondered if I was making the right decision but it just felt right, it felt good for me, and when you are getting the support of Chris Waller, and riding his horses with light weights, that’s a big start obviously.
“It’s been a long while since I’ve had a race where at no stage did I feel like I was going to get beat.
“Kolding was very good. When he broke clear, he loafed until Te Akau Shark came up to him then he surged again.’’
James McDonald, rider of Te Akau Shark, was still in disbelief after the post. “I still can’t believe he got beaten,’’ he said.
Kolding (rails) gives trainer Chris Waller and jockey Glen Boss (inset) their fourth Epsom Handicap yesterday. Pictures: Simon Bullard