Despite 10-year-old I’m Imposing being the oldest horse in the star Chris Waller stables, the evergreen warhorse is spot on for Saturday’s 2015 Festival Stakes that marks the first of his final three career runs.
This weekend the imported Danehill Dancer gelding goes around for the 45th time chasing his eighth win and back-to-back victories in the $150,000 Listed Sky Thoroughbred Racing Central Festival Stakes (1500m) after winning the same Rosehill Gardens handicap last summer.
Originally raced in Europe infamous owner Lloyd Williams imported the horse over in 2010 and prepared him for a string of seven runs including a Caulfield win over 2000m in his Australian debut that October.
A tendon injury ruled him out of racing for two years after new owners sent the horse to Waller, I’m Imposing coming back in August of 2013 before winning again that Boxing Day in Randwick’s Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m), a race he won again last December.
Waller plans to run him in the same Sydney Summer Series as last season to see out his career starting with the Festival Stakes title defence this weekend.
From there it will be onto the $250,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, where he finished a close second to Rudy last year, before shooting for his third Summer Cup win on the trot this Boxing Day.
Over the past year Waller suggests I’m Imposing has been in as good a form as ever, confirmed by his Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) third to Pornichet in May during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
“The last 12 months has probably been the best of his life,” he told AAP this week.
“Hence that is why he is back but it will be one run at a time and in all likelihood he will have only three more starts.”
His last start was on October 3 and produced a third to Complacent in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) that he is out to improve on this Saturday, Waller confident that even at 10 the galloper is in top fitness without a worry of injury.
“He’s had the most vigorous vet testing. I don’t know why, but we did and he passed it when he went out for a spell,” Waller said.
“And even before acceptance time this week we trotted him up just to make sure he is spot on. And he is.”
The weight goes against him in the Festival Stakes however with regular jockey Tye Angland to ride him on the 59.5kg top weight from barrier eight.
The bookies agree and are only offering $21 for I’m Imposing in the latest Festival Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The markets are led at $4.60 by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Frespanol (56.5kg) who comes off a second in the wet here behind Zanbagh in the November Handicap carrying two kilos more.
Along with the soon-to-retire veteran Waller also saddles-up Heart Testa in the Festival Stakes field from barrier nine with Blake Shinn booked to ride the fourth-placed November Handicap graduate in the hoop’s first ride since Epsom Handicap Day back in early October.
A six-year-old son of Testa Rossa, Heart Testa has a good Rosehill record (12-4-2-1) and looks over the odds also at $21 for the win.
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