Impending Wins Kingsford-Smith Cup on Beat Up Doomben

If we must, we will bow to the prevailing trend and start to refer to the BTC Cup at Doomben as the Kingsford-Smith Cup.

A rose by any other name…

The race this past weekend was won by Impending. James Cummings, head of the Australian racing arm of Godolphin, afterward suggested that the four-year-old entire might race on, despite plans being made for the son of Lonhro to begin his second career as a stud.

Impending overtook the popular Le Romain at the line and in the process won at Group 1 for the second time.

Cummings will probably take Impending to the Stradbroke Handicap to defend the win from last year, but it may come down to the weight assigned. Even though not yet confirmed, Impending has firmed into a $5 favourite for the Stradbroke.

“For sure we will contemplate a Stradbroke,” Cummings told Sky Racing. “He was primed for today … but he has got it in him to keep improving as his preparation gets deeper, we have seen it before. “We will give the Stradbroke plenty of thought.”

Le Romain seemed to have the race in hand, but inexplicably veered out in the last 50 metres, essentially handing the race to Impending.

The Doomben track had been downgraded to soft six from good four in the lead-up to the meeting and the Kingsford-Smith Cup was run only after a prolonged delay while stewards inspected the track after an earlier incident near the 950 m mark where Mischievousmarilyn broke down.

“Clearly on video, you can see the horse dips at that point and doesn’t recover,” said chief steward Allan Reardon, speaking of the incident involving Mischievousmarilyn.

Doomben is getting beat up worse than the Gabba after three days of Adele concerts, as the track is doing double duty due to the problems that have necessitated the suspension of racing at Eagle Farm.

His jockey, Corey Brown, was convinced that his horse stepped into a hole on the track. Stewards tried to fix the area in question by rolling it, and then resorted to moving the rail two metres further out from the 1300 m to 800 m points.

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