Impending gives Darley's Lonhro a ninth top-level winner
The three-year-old colt landed the Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben
Darley's Australian stalwart Lonhro added a ninth top-level winner to his already enviable stud record when his son Impending landed the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben on Saturday.
Despite enduring a wide trip throughout under Corey Brown, the three-year-old Impending travelled smoothly and made steady headway as the 16-strong field approached the home turn, and when asked found plenty to get up close to the finish, seemingly scoring with something in hand.
Bred by Darley, the colt is out of five-time Group winner Mnemosyne, whose race record includes the top-level events the Thousand Guineas and the Queen of the Turf Stakes. Mnemosyne has produced four winners, including Group 3 winner Forget, by Exceed And Excel.
Impending is trained by Darren Beadman, who has been installed as interim head trainer for Godolphin in Australia following John O'Shea's resignation.
In a neat twist of fate, this is not the first impact Beadman has had on Lonhro's career, having also been in the saddle for ten of his Group 1 successes during his racing career.
Lonhro, an 18-year-old son of Octagonal, retired to stud in 2004 at a fee of A$66,000 (£38,980/€44,390), which he will also stand the upcoming southern hemisphere breeding season at.
A particularly tough campaigner, Lonhro was crowned champion three-year-old, champion miler and, at the conclusion of his five-year-old campaign, Horse of The Year. He won a remarkable 26 of his 35 starts, including no fewer than 11 Group 1s.
His 13 years at stud have yielded nine top-flight winners, including the likes of Golden Rose Stakes winners Exosphere and Denman - both of whom now stand alongside their sire at Darley's Kelvinside Stud - and two-year-old triple crown hero Pierro, who now stands at Coolmore Australia.
He was crowed Australian champion sire for the 2010-11 season, and also shuttled to Darley's US base for three seasons between 2012 and 2014, from where he sired the likes of Grade 2 winners Isotherm and Holding Gold.