GLEN’S STILL THE BOSS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUNDAY SPORT -

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

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