Lightly-raced two-year-old Kordia offered the promise of more significant future success and maintained the momentum established by his sire Epaulette with his victory in the Listed Winning Edge Presentations Stakes at Eagle Farm on Saturday, 22 June.
Having only his third start, Kordia coped admirably with a step up in class and distance to score a narrow but convincing win that made him Epaulette’s eighth Stakes winner.
Given time to find his rhythm by jockey Blake Shinn, Kordia moved into contention at the 300m and under a confident ride, reeled in the leaders with 100m to run and safely held off the late challenge of Big Parade to score by a long head.
One of the last of Godolphin’s Australian juveniles to make a start this season, Kordia indicated above average ability with a second placing on debut before recording a midweek city victory at his second start.
Moving up to Stakes company and tackling 1,400m for the first time proved no obstacle to the gelding who is one of six winners from his dam Cherry Lodge from seven to race.
Epaulette, a half-brother to Helmet, the sire of G1 Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow, will stand the 2019 breeding season at Kelvinside, NSW, at a fee of $27,500, including GST.