Godolphin focus Impending on big Sydney sprints

Sprinting autumn: Impending gets the better of Divine Prophet to win the Stan Fox Stakes last September. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
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Godolphin trainer John O’Shea will focus classy three-year-old Impending on the Sydney sprints scene in the autumn, starting in the Southern Cross Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Impending was very competitive up to a mile in the spring, winning the Stan Fox Stakes over 1500 metres and being placed in the Golden Rose before running fourth in the Caulfield Guineas.

However, after spelling well a decision has been taken to keep him sharper and using his power over the shorter trips.

“He has strengthened up quite a lot and we are going to keep him to sprints,” O’Shea said. “He has always been one of our better colts and is a real stallion prospect.

“Races like the Canterbury Stakes, TJ Smith and All Aged are clearly in his sights and he’ll be staying in Sydney and racing here.

“We know here that what sort of tracks we will get and we will not be disadvantaged by draws.”

Impending is part a great three-year-old class, which has already proven a match for older rivals, and he has been put up as a $2.30 favourite by Ladbrokes against all-comers on Saturday.

“He had a good trial and gets in well at the weights with only 53.5 kilos,” O’Shea said. “It is a good place for him to start and we are expecting him to step up with every run.”

Godolphin have a strong team across the country with Street Cry colt Marsupial sent to Melbourne for Saturday’s Blue Diamond Prelude.

A Canterbury winner on debut, Marsupial is not nominated for the Blue Diamond but is out to earn his spot in the group 1 at Caulfield.

“If he runs a good race, I would say you will see him in the Blue Diamond,” O’Shea said.

“He’s had a look at Caulfield this week and seemed to handle it well enough and the draw [of gate five] gives him the chance to take a good position.

“It will be a matter of finding out if he is good enough but he is a lovely colt.”

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