Tough sprinter Impregnable gave jockey champion Jeff Lloyd a birthday present with a stunning performance to score at Doomben.
Impregnable looked to have blown his chances with a tardy beginning, but he showed terrific acceleration to scoot along the inside and settle just off the pace. Rider Jeff Lloyd had to wait for a gap to open in the straight before driving the tough sprinter to a comfortable win.
It was Impregnable’s first city win and took his career figures to 12 starts for four wins and seven minor placings.
“Since we moved him from Mick Price’s Caufield stable Toby Edmonds’ Gold Coast stable to take advantage of slightly easier racing in Queensland, Impregnable has started six times for four wins and a third and fourth placing.
“Toby has done a super job with the horse and worked him through his grades with three northern NSW wins before heading to city racing with the horse.
“His form at Doomben has been fantastic and at Ontrack we strive to find horses who can measure up to Saturday city company and the move from Victoria to Queensland has allowed Impregnable to be a city performer,” said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
Trainer Toby Edmonds described Impregnable as a typical son of champion stallion I Am Invincible.
“He’s just a good tough horse and like the stock of I Am Invincible, he is very genuine and thrives on racing.
“Saturday was his sixth run for the stable but to look at him you wouldn’t know it. He just goes home after his races and licks the food bowl clean and is ready to go again.
“However, he has been up for a while so he can go out to our farm and have an easy week or two in the paddock. While he’s not showing any physical indication of training off, we want to look after him and so he can have this let up and then we will come back and find a nice target.
“He’s not very big but he’s powerfully built and is a very progressive horse and I’m confident he will work his way through to open company,” said Toby Edmonds.
Jeff Lloyd, who celebrated his 57th birthday the day before Impregnable’s win was especially pleased as he had all his family on course. However, things looked far from promising when Impregnable came out second to last when the starter let the field go.
“He was moving around quite a lot in the barriers and that caused him to miss the start. Fortunately, he has such a great turn of speed that he could make up the lost ground fairly quickly and turning for home all I wanted was half a gap and he simply pushed his way into the clear.
“He was very game in the run home and once he got clear he actually won with a fair bit of authority.
“It was a fairly dominant win in the end,” said Jeff Lloyd.
Congratulations to our owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 Syndicate, Steve Mauger, Matthew Maguire, Sansom Hue, Brett Grogan, David Worthley, Ken Stocks, Wayne McCubbin, Jenny Edington, Ryan Lawlor, Peter Condon, Lisa Saxton Dan Paton, Ricky Kim, Garry Batchelder, Philomena Syndicate.