Epsom Handicap and Golden Eagle winner Kolding is sitting pretty among the top 10 in voting for the $5 million All-Star Mile and trainer Chris Waller hopes he can pick up another Group One win on the way to the rich race.
Kolding, who resumed from a spell with a closing fourth in the Group Two Expressway Stakes (1200m) in Sydney on Saturday, is currently fourth in the poll for the All-Star Mile (1600m) on March 14 with the top 10 to be offered a berth in the race.
Voting closes on February 16 and up to five wildcards will be revealed to make up the 15-horse field, including two “win and you’re in races” – the Futurity Stakes and Blamey Stakes.
Waller said Kolding would have his next start in the Group One Futurity (1400m) on February 22.
“I was very happy with the (Expressway) run,” Waller told RSN927.
“Obviously 1200 metres is just a bit short for him and we went back from his wide barrier. I actually haven’t seen the sectional times but to my eye they looked pretty good.
“He’s come through the race well and his next run will be at Caulfield just to give him the experience of running around there, which will be in the Futurity in two-and-a-half weeks’ time. And then three weeks to the All-Star Mile.”