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The James Cummings trained Impending is the stand out among the ten nominations for Saturday’s Group 2 $200,000 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Doomben.

Impending, above in blue colours, is the stand out in the nominations for the 2018 Victory Stakes at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Impending, above in blue colours, is the stand out in the nominations for the 2018 Victory Stakes at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Impending is returning to Brisbane after winning the Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben during the 2017 Brisbane Winter Carnival for stand in Godolphin trainer Darren Beadman.

Impending has only been back to the race track for two outings since winning the Stradbroke Handicap with two appearances during the 2017 Spring Carnival for a second in the Listed $500,000 Sydney Stakes (1200m) at Randwick followed by a third behind Redzel and Terravista in the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Smart three year old I Am Excited is also a Victory Stakes entry and the filly is coming off a last start third to Catchy in the Group 2 $600,000 Arrowfield 3yo Sprint (1200m) at Randwick on April 14.

The David Pfieffer trained filly scored a hat trick of wins prior to her last start third with two wins at Rosehill in the $100,000 Spark Of Life Handicap (1100m) on February 24 and in the Listed $125,000 Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) on March 24 and sandwiched in between on March 10 a win in the Listed $125,000 Tokyo City Keiba Fireball Stakes (1100m) at Randwick.

The Mick Bell trained Jungle Edge was also a visitor to the Brisbane Winter Carnival last year and is also among the nominations for the Victory Stakes.

The noted wet tracker and was able to claim victory on a Heavy 8 rated track in the Group 3 $125,000 Taxibox BRC Sprint (1350m) at Doomben last year but the seven year old struggled on the firmer tracks during the 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Jungle Edge was well beaten when tenth on a soft track in the Group 1 $700,000 The PFD Food Services Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on March 24 and then finished well down the track again on a dry surface when last of eleven in the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 7.

Brisbane’s premiership winning trainer Tony Gollan has nominated Most Important who heads up the local contingent of sprinters and will line up in the Victory Stakes as a last start winner in the Listed $100,000 Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) at the Sunshine Coast on January 27.

The nominations for the 2018 Victory Stakes have been extended until 9am on Tuesday, April 24, with the final acceptances taken on Wednesday morning at 9am.

Nominations for the 2018 Victory Stakes (1200m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 53772×1113 I AM EXCITED F 3 David Pfieffer
2 643341x23x IMPENDING H 4 James Cummings
3 875113×200 JUNGLE EDGE G 7 Mick Bell
4 3940x5132x MANAYA M 4 Michael Costa
5 x411x1170x MONSIEUR GUSTAVE G 5 Darryl Hansen
6 00x641241x MOST IMPORTANT G 5 Tony Gollan
7 8x721136x6 PRIVLAKA G 5 Robert Heathcote
8 x290x2860x SPIETH (NZ) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
9 930x15x454 SUPIDO H 6 Michael Kent
10 70600×8555 THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry

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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.

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