Magic moment for Ocean Park
Ocean Park has deservedly made his presence felt on the big stage with a breakthrough Group One victory.
His son Kolding produced the watershed moment when he reigned supreme in the famous Epsom Handicap at Randwick.
The Waikato Stud stallion had previously gone close with daughter Another Dollar and son Mongolianconqueror both runners-up at the highest level.
Kolding was well-fancied and he duly provided that sought after result for Waikato Stud in the hands of Glen Boss.
“He was very good and to be honest it was soft in the end,” he said.
“Once he got clear he loafed and when he felt Te Akau Shark come he surged again.
“We got into the perfect spot and it’s been a long time since I felt I wasn’t going to get beaten.
“Give me the keys to the car and I’ll get the job done.
“It all mapped out very well and he’s a lovely gelding and he was cruising all the way.”
Kolding was a $170,000 Karaka graduate and is out of the Danzero mare Magic Star.
She has also produced the Gr.2 Awapuni Gold Cup winner Sampson and the dual Listed winner Miss Upstart.
Magic Star is also a half-sister to the dual Australian Group Two winner Make Mine Magic.
Kolding is trained by Chris Waller, who also produced Ocean Park’s son Star Of The Seas to finish third.
“I’ve got a great team behind me. We’ve grown with numbers. They work tirelessly behind the scenes,” Waller said.
“I can’t thank them enough around the country. Many people put in what we finally see on race day.”
“The 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.”
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