The Hawkins family’s Wentwood Grange in Cambridge enjoyed a winning double at Randwick on Saturday as a vendor and a breeder.
Early in the day the Matthew Dunn-trained Lifesaver (NZ) (Helmet) held on to win the TAB Highway Handicap (1000m) to take his career wins to four from fourteen.
Lifesaver hadn’t been seen at the races since December and the win impressed jockey Joshua Parr.
“He’s a little beauty, a good fresh horse.”
The five-year-old was bred under the Wentwood Grange breeding banner of the Llanhennock Trust.
Later in the day Kolding (NZ) (Ocean Park) impressed winning the Candana Bathroom Ware Handicap (1500m).
Trained by ex-pat Kiwi, Chris Waller, Kolding enjoyed the run of the race before being asked to sprint by jockey Jason Collett.
“He’s a nice horse going forward and the mile won’t be a problem,” Collett said.
The win was the three-year-old’s third in a row and was in track record time of 1.27.77.
Kolding was bred by Wentwood in partnership with Warren Pegg and sold at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling sale where he took the eye of astute bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster who secured him for $170,000.
The victory of Kolding continued the exceptional form of his Waikato Stud sire Ocean Park, who was also the sire of Wentwood Grange-bred midweek Sydney winner Savigne (NZ).
In addition to Kolding, Ocean Park was represented by Flemington winner Fabric (NZ) on Saturday, while Star of the Seas (NZ), Owen Patrick (NZ), Whale Song (NZ), Navarro Lad (NZ), Loved One (NZ)and Okotoks (NZ) and the aforementioned Savigne (NZ) are all winners in the past eight days.