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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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New career Impending for Godolphin star


An overpowering  late surge carried Impending to a stunning victory in last month’s Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup at Doomben, earning him a second top level success and giving Godolphin’s Australian stable its fifth for the season. Impending, who is due to join his sire Lonhro at stud later this year, had already established himself as a superior racehorse and this victory could hardly have done more to improve his stallion profile. For trainer James Cummings and the Godolphin team in Australia, Impending has capped a magnificent day and an outstanding season. His Kingsford Smith win was one of five on a day that included the Group Three success of Duca Valentinois in the Lord Mayor’s Cup, also at Doomben.

Other wins on the day went to Savatiano in Sydney, Beware at Gosford and Peacock in Melbourne. While the win was a second Group One for Impending, it was his first for Cummings, his Stradbroke win of last year coming under the guidance of Darren Beadman. “He’s a beautiful horse; every time we’ve stepped him out he’s run well,” Cummings said. “Today he showed what he can do, it was an enormous result for the stable, for Darley and Sheikh Mohammed.” Jockey Damian Browne took Impending to the rear of the small field from the gates and found himself cluttered up behind a packed group turning for home.

Browne then found a gap at the 250m mark which Impending instinctively forced his way through and set out after Le Romain who had dashed clear. In a desperate, last stride lunge he put his nose in front grabbing a victory that took his racetrack earnings to A$2.4 million. For Browne it was his first Group One success in the Godolphin silks, although he had previously won three Group One races for Sheikh Mohammed in Australia, including the 2014 Blue Diamond Stakes on Earthquake. While Impending provided the day’s highlight, Duca Valentinois, who began his career in Ireland, played his part, scoring a convincing victory.

At the time, the day’s haul took the Australian stable’s winning tally for the season to 202 and its prize money total beyond the A$14 million mark. Impending denied a triumphant farewell Impending then made his final raccourse appearance when, attempting to defend his crown in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben, he could manage only seventh, albeit beaten less than four lengths in a competitive renewal. Cummings said: “He had to give weight to some very good performers and, on this occasion, it proved beyond him but he has lost nothing in defeat and bows out as a real star for the stable . “He has been a very important horse for us all.”

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