Former Melbourne Cup hopeful Mister Impatience produced a strong staying performance to score a narrow win over Pop ‘N’ Scotch in the 2015 Queensland Cup at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Pop ‘N’ Scotch looked like he was going to go one better than he did in 2014 when he hit the front at the top of the straight and cleared away from the rest of the field, but Mister Impatience relished the 3200 metres and got his nose in front in the shadows of the post to record a fighting victory.
The Moroney stable has a strong record during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and stable representative John Pisani said that the stable were thrilled to win the Queensland Cup for the second time since 2011.
“Mike (Moroney) loves coming to Queensland and usually always wins a race here, so it’s nice to have kept that going,” Pisani said.
Mister Impatience made his racing debut in the United Kingdom under the care of Mark Johnston in September of 2012 and he recorded dominant back-to-back wins at Nottingham and Doncaster before he made his debut at Group level with a second place finish behind the talented Ruler Of The World in the Group 3 Chester Vase (2474m) in May of 2013.
The Hernando gelding continue to perform competitively at Group level before he was purchased by connections associated with the Moroney stable at the start of 2014 and he was set for a Melbourne Cup campaign.
Mister Impatience failed to fire in his first preparation in Australia and hopes of a Cups campaign were quickly shelved, but he has produced improved performances as he has been stepped-up in distance this preparation.
The five-year-old made a slow start to his winter campaign, but he relished the step-up in distance when he scored a dominant seven lengths victory in the Hygain Handicap (3000m) at Ballarat on May 31, but he did not appear to handle the heavy track when he finished fourth in the Tab.com.au Handicap (2600m) at Royal Randwick on June 20 before his Queensland Cup triumph last weekend.
The victory was South African jockey Robbie Fradd’s biggest victory in Australia since he based himself in Queensland just over 18 months ago and he admitted after the race that Mister Impatience likely would have won by a far greater margin if he had not been blocked for a run a couple of times in the straight.