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Racing weekend that was... the replays, comments, and ones to watch

A year on from a life threatening injury that almost claimed the life of Kings Will Dream, connections are now dreaming of their second chance at the Cox Plate.

Kings Will Dream won Saturday's Turnbull Stakes at Flemington giving jockey Jye McNeil his first win at Group One level and confirm his tilt at the Cox Plate at The Valley on October 26.

 

On a red letter day for trainer Chris Waller, Kolding has delivered on the big stage in the Epsom Handicap, beating New Zealand cult horse Te Akau Shark.

Waller-trained horses won all four Group One races in Australia on Saturday with Kolding's win over the famous Randwick mile of special significance for trainer and jockey Glen Boss.

Kolding and Te Akau Shark were the $5.50 equal favourites but the winner had four kilograms in his favour which told in the end with the margin a short head.

 

Star sprinters Sunlight and Santa Ana Lane have reaffirmed their credentials for the $14 million Everest with a one-two finish in the Gilgai Stakes.

Sunlight maintained an unblemished record over the straight 1200m at Flemington, adding Saturday's Group Two race to her victories in last season's Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes and Newmarket Handicap.

In doing so, the four-year-old mare showed she was on target for The Everest (1200m) at Randwick in two weeks, firming from $11 to $9 after her frontrunning victory.

 

"From memory he just rang up and said, 'I've got a horse I want to send over to you, he's going well, he's been weighted out of it in Perth, we're not expecting anything great but just run him in races you think are right'," Waller said.

"That's what we've done and I've given Adam a bit of confidence to say this is the race to target.

"He's probably still standing there with his mouth open but I got it right Adam."

 

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