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Trainer James Cummings has top line sprinter Impending primed to collect his second Group 1 trophy when he lines up in the Group 1 $700,000 Altus Traffic Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben.

Impending, above, is in top shape for the 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Impending, above, is in top shape for the 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Impending carried the famous Godolphin royal blue colours to victory in the Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben during the 2017 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and is on the second line of betting at $4.50 for the Kingsford-Smith Cup with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Lonhro stallion showed that he was on track to double his Group 1 wins with a flashing second to the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained English in the Group 1 $700,000 Kirin Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Doomben on May 12 which followed a solid win in the Group 2 $200,000 Hiflow Industries Victory Stakes (1200m) at Doomben two weeks earlier.

“He arrives at this race third-up and in prime condition,” Cummings said.

“He’s having a terrific campaign and I couldn’t be happier with the way he’s trained on since the Doomben 10,000.

“This is going to be an exciting moment for him. He’s really set up for a big run this time.

“He galloped on the course proper at Doomben on Tuesday morning and he let down beautifully in his work and I think he really enjoyed the speed he was able to gallop at on the grass.

“He hit the line well but was still very well held together in the style of a horse who’s in the best form of his career.”

Impending, with Damian Browne in the saddle again, will jump from barrier eight in the Kingsford-Smith Cup field that has been reduced to ten runners with the early scratching of the Lindsay Park trained Spieth who has succumbed to a hoof injury.

The Kris Lees trained Le Romain heads the Kingsford-Smith Cup market order at $3.30 after an eye catching third in the Doomben 10,000 behind English who shares the third line of betting at $5 with Bjorn Baker’s three year old filly Champagne Cuddles.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.