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11 May 2018 Impending ready to add another G1 to his record
Mike Hedge

The opportunity to go to stud with another G1 race attached to an already impressive record has been presented to Impending in the Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane on Saturday.

Trainer James Cummings is satisfied the four-year-old son of Lonhro has recovered fully from his first-up exertions in the G2 Victory Stakes at the same course two weeks ago and is looking forward to Impending adding the 10,000 to his G1 Stradbroke Handicap victory of 12 months ago.

“He galloped strongly during the week and looks to have absorbed his first-up effort as the targets become increasingly difficult,” Cummings said.

“But he’s trimmed up nicely as expected from his emphatic first up win in the Victory Stakes and he’s enjoyed a good couple of weeks since his last run.

“This is a top-class weight-for-age event and it will be very satisfying to see Impending race at his best.”

One of the most talented and consistent members of Godolphin’s Australian team, Impending (Damien Browne) has won four races, three of them Stakes level, and has only finished further back than fourth in one of his 15 starts.

He’s amassed close to A$2 million in prizemoney and has established himself as a worthy member of a star-studded family.

Impending has the pedigree to back his racetrack abilities. His dam, the Encosta De Lago mare Mnemosyne, won six races including the G1 Flight Stakes and G1 Thousand Guineas.

Impending is one of her five winners from six foals to race, a group that includes his three-year-old sister Epidemic who began her latest campaign with a stunning victory at Randwick last week.

“From any point of view there is a lot to like about Impending,” Cummings said.

“As a racehorse he is in the top bracket, he looks the part and he has a great family that makes him a really great stallion prospect.”

If he is to win on Saturday, Impending will have to produce one of his best performances to overcome such talented opposition as the Everest winner Redzel, the multiple G1 winners Le Romain and Lucky Hussler and the class fillies English and Houtzen.

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