Impending ends season with winning city double

Forecaster and Surprise Coming score at Randwick and Morphettville to give Darley sire four winners in final week

Impending finished the 2022-23 metropolitan racing season with a winning double on Saturday, 29 July when Forecaster won at Royal Randwick in Sydney and Surprise Coming saluted at Morphettville in Adelaide.

Their victories ended a big week for the stallion after Imminance and Changing Guard won at Bendigo and in Perth, respectively.

Forecaster put up a courageous performance to lead all the way under Kathy O’Hara to just beat Elettrica and Alfano over Randwick's mile.

It was a third career win for the Paul Perry-trained three-year-old gelding and lifted his prize money earnings to almost $150,000.

Forecaster is out of the US mare Street Storm, who also has a rising two-year-old filly by Microphone.

Forecaster was offered by Toolooganvale Farm, Scone at the 2020 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale and purchased by Binalong Bloodstock for $60,000. He was re-sold at the 2021 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale to Paul Perry Horse Training P/L for $220,000.

In South Australia, Surprise Coming tracked the two leaders to the home turn before racing away to easily beat Miss Rubick and Essentric Nature in the SkyCity Handicap (1,200m), with Kayla Crowther in the saddle.

The two-year-old gelding out of Life’s Zerprise (Choisir) is trained by Kylie Schulz at Murray Bridge and recorded his second win from just four starts.

As a colt, he was offered by Balcrest Stud, Balhannah at last year’s Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale and bought by Mick Huxtable for $40,000.

Impending, who is also the sire of New Zealand G2 winner Impendabelle, only commenced stud duties in 2018 after a marvellous career on the racetrack.

Winner of the G1 Stradbroke Handicap and G1 Kingsford-Smith Cup in Brisbane during his 18 starts, Impending has already sired 44 winners of 63 races.

The stallion will stand in 2023 at Darley’s Northwood Park property near Seymour in Victoria for a service fee of just $8,800 (including GST).