Ontrack Thoroughbreds speedy galloper Impregnable scored a studding win at Grafton yesterday.
After bungling the start, the son of I Am Invincible showed a devastating turn of foot to put himself in a winning position and then charge home for a narrow, but decisive victory in fast time.
The win proved the worth of moving Impregnable north after starting his career in Victoria.
Impregnable started out with Mick Price at Caufield and was placed in five of six starts in Victoria. Mick Price believed the horse would be been better suited to racing in Queensland, so the gelding was transferred to Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds.
He won his debut from the new stable with a maiden win at Grafton in April and his latest Grafton win came in his second race from his new quarters.
Impregnable started a red hot favourite, but gave his supporters some anxious moments when he jumped in the air at the start and ended up a clear last.
“To be honest, I thought he had blown his chances at the start. Fortunately Robbie Fradd showed why he’s a great jockey when he allowed him to pick up ground along the inside and then found the way out on the turn and the horse was good enough to do the rest.
“It was a great effort and you would think he is capable of making further progress through the grades on the strength of that win. He is a gross little horse and I am confident that he will be even better with that race so we will look for another similar race to take advantage of the BOBS bonus scheme while he’s still three,” said Toby Edmonds.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan selected Impregnable from the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale paying $40,000 for the colt. It was at the same venue that he bought Ontrack’s champion sprinter Brazen Beau from the first crop of I Am Invincible.
Impregnable has now raced eight times for two wins and five minor placings and earnings of $56,180.
“Impregnable was a nice colt as a yearling and being out of a strong European family I thought the brilliance of I Am Invincible would prove to be a nice cross. He hasn’t grown a terrific amount in height but he is a very strong, chunky horse and is obviously suited to sprint distances with his great turn of foot.
“Missing the start at Grafton may have been a blessing in disguise as it showed that he has a devastating turn of foot if he gets cover early so that might prove to be the best way to ride him.
“Robbie Fradd showed his class when he didn’t panic after the hiccup at the start and he allowed the horse to work his way into a midfield possie and then finding the way clear early in the run home. The time of 57.02 was great but the most impressive thing was they ran the last 600 in 33.70 and Impregnable came midfield at the 600 so his closing sectionals must have been exceptional.
“There’s plenty of opportunity around the northern rivers of New South Wales for a horse like him and Ontrack is confident Toby Edmonds and his team will find another suitable race in that neck of the woods for him,” said Grant Morgan.
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.