The winning return of Impending in the G2 Victory Stakes at Doomben on Saturday, April 28 signalled a promising final campaign for the G1-winning four-year-old.
This is the third victory in Group company for the son of champion sire Lonhro who defeated a strong field of sprinters over the 1200m. Whilst it is an impressive feat for Impending alone, it was also in 150th Stakes win for his sire Lonhro.
Jumping mid-field from an inside barrier, Impending travelled comfortably under jockey Damian Browne. When entering the corner he looked blocked for a run, but thanks to a patient ride and blistering turn of foot, Impending was able to find clear running from the 200 metre mark where he hit the line convincingly to claim victory. He was strong through the line drawing away from G3 winner Most Important and dual-Stakes winner, I Am Excited.
Impending will now head to the G1 Doomben 10,000, and then potentially the G1 Kingsford Smith Cup and the G1 Stradbroke Handicap, a race he won last year as a three-year-old.
"They are all G1 Races and he will contend them all. He won last year's Stradbroke and we were always keen to give him a chance at repeating that," said Godolphin's Managing Director in Australia Vin Cox.
"He is off to stud at the end of the winter and more G1s won't do him any harm."
Bred by Godolphin, Impending is out of five-time Group winner Mnemosyne, who won the G1 Thousand Guineas and the G1 Queen of the Turf Stakes.
Impending will become the highest-rated son of Lonhro standing in Victoria when he takes up stud duties at Northwood Park at the end of his winter campaign at a fee of A$20,000 plus GST.