Pat Carey is attempting to find the right race for Impi over the next fortnight before giving his inexperienced four-year-old gelding a winter break ahead of this year's spring carnival.
Impi could be the star attraction of this Saturday’s Flemington Finals Day meeting should he have his third start in the $135,000 VRC-CRV Cup Tour Trophy (2000m).
“It’d be nice just to test the water at that level (at Flemington)," Carey said.
"He’s got a low handicap rating (67 rating) for a horse that’s won two races by an aggregate of 12 lengths.
“We’ve got to try and build his rating because if you’ve got any aspirations of going into better class races, you would need to build your rating ahead of spring.”
Impi is 19th of 23 horses in the order of entry to gain a start in the VRC-CRV Cup Tour Trophy, the race able to accommodate a capacity field of 18 runners plus four emergencies. He also holds an entry for an 1800-metre benchmark 88 handicap at Randwick on Saturday.
Impi had two trials over 1450 metres at Lark Hill, winning the second hitout, before leading throughout to win his maiden over 1675 metres at Bunbury by 6.3 lengths on April 11.
Owner and breeder Trevor Delroy decided to relocate Impi from Western Australia to Victoria, joining Carey from the stables of Justin Warwick. Carey has prepared Group 1 winners Ethiopia, Cedarberg and Gondokoro for Delroy.
Impi’s Victorian debut was impressive, leading throughout for a six-length victory over 1600 metres at Echuca on June 16. Impi gained an uncontested lead, ambling through the first 800 metres in 54.64 seconds before completing the second half of the race in 46.91 seconds – a difference of 7.73 seconds.
However his fluent galloping action, which was identified by broadcaster Adam Crettenden, as reeling off his final 400 metres in 22.65 seconds on the Soft (6) surface was the most impressive aspect of his victory.
“We don’t want to go too far into the prep with him, he hasn’t been over with us from Western Australia for too long,” Carey added.
Impi is by Crowded House, winner of the G1 Racing Post Trophy (1609m) at Doncaster (UK) as a two-year-old in 2008.
Crowded House has had 13 runners across Australia and New Zealand for four individual winners, all of whom have won at least once over 1600 metres or further.
Delroy and Carey combined for Crowded House’s first local winner last November when three-year-old filly Alexandria won her 1600-metre maiden at Bendigo.
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