A last gasp win in the Kingsford-Smith Cup gave Impending his second Group 1 win and lifted him to favouritism or the Stradbroke Handicap.
Impending will return to Doomben in a fortnight and chase his second consecutive Stradbroke, in what will be the last race of his career. Impending was on the third line of betting at $8.00, but he is now $6.00 favourite.
Impending was well back on the home turn, but unleashed his trademark finish to score a last stride win over Le Romain, with Champagne Cuddles 1.25 lengths away third.
Godolphin’s head trainer James Cummings said winning another Stradbroke would be a great way for the four-year-old to finish his career.
“Today suited him because it was weight-for-age but we will definitely look at the Stradbroke. He is going to stud in the spring and it would be the ideal way for him to bow out,’’ Cummings said.
Impending will stand at Northwood Park in Victoria in the new breeding season.
In other Stradbroke news, Fred Best Classic winner Perast is almost certain to have a crack at the time honoured sprint. The Snitzel three-year-old was super impressive and his price was cut from $101 into $17.
Youngstar gave champion trainer Chris Waller his third Queensland Oaks when she wore down stablemate Another Dollar to win by a nose with Sheezdashing third, in a blanket finish.
Waller won the 2015 Oaks with Winx and Egg Tart last year.
Waller said he will weigh-up whether to keep Youngstar going and tackle the Queensland Derby in a fortnight.
“It’s a good idea having it two weeks apart. One week for fillies is a bit hard. We weren’t tempted to back Winx up but it’s something to think about,” he said.
Lucky For All finished seventh in a Three-year-old Handicap (2100m) at Sandown today, but the Darren Weir trained gelding heads Derby betting on $4.40.
The J.J. Atkins market also had a shake-up. Autumn Sun’s strong win at Randwick today saw the Waller trained colt firm from $5.50 into $4.40 favourite for the Doomben Group 1.
“He’s going to a Group One in his next race, he very much had to prove it today and he did exactly that,” said Waller’s racing manager Charlie Duckworth.
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Doomben winner The Lean Machine also had his J.J. Atkins price shaved from $13 into $5.50.