Impressive juvenile G2 winner for Impending

Unbeaten two-year-old filly Impendabelle captures Challenge Stakes for emerging sire

Impendabelle kept her unbeaten record intact and provided young Australian sire Impending with his first Group winner in Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, 3 December.

After debuting with a 4.5-length victory at Trentham on 23 October, Impendabelle returned to the same track to win the G2 Challenge Stakes for two-year-olds over 1,100m.

But the Tony Pike-trained filly was forced to battle hard after being held in and disappointed for a run at the top of the straight.

Jockey Michael McNab managed to push out with 200m to go and Impendabelle sprinted quickly to beat Believe In Magic by three-quarters of a length, with Dapper another 2.5 lengths away in third spot.

Out of the Listed winner Applegate (Exceed And Excel), Impendabelle was bred by Monovale Holdings and offered by Hallmark Stud at this year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Sale.

The half-sister to dual Stakes winner Cloudy (by Frosted) was purchased for NZ$80,000 by Brewers Bloodstock.

Impending was a dual G1 winner, of the Stradbroke Handicap and Kingsford-Smith Cup in Brisbane, during his 18-start career.

The stallion has had 58 starters for 17 winners and has already sired Black-Type placegetters Hope At Hand and Moko.

Impending stands at Darley’s Northwood Park property in Victoria for a service fee of $22,000, GST inclusive.