Chris Waller’s willingness to learn has resulted in I’m Imposing being reborn as a miler and his late charge gave him victory in the Festival Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.
I’m Imposing had been considered a stayer and won the Summer Cup a year ago when it was run at 2000 metres, but at nine he has shown a liking for being kept fresh.
“You never stop learning with horses and if you don’t close yourself off from change, they can change,” Waller said. “He is better trained like he is now on the fresh side. It means he doesn’t have to do as much work and has that finish at the end.”
I’m Imposing gave Waller another winning treble after Harrier Jet and Religify had been impressive winners earlier in the afternoon. He will head to Randwick one of the leading Villiers contenders in a fortnight.
I’m Imposing arrived just in time to beat Estonian Princess by a short half-head with leader Strawberry Boy hanging on for third only a long head away. Favourite Generalife was a breath away in fourth after hitting the front and peaking on his run.
It was a pretty ride from Tye Angland, who tracked Generalife into the race before pulling out about the 300m mark and charging late.
“He takes a couple of strides to get going but he has a big burst and he always seemed like he was going to get there,” Angland said. “The speed was good, which suited him, and he still had that turn of foot.”
Angland is looking forward to the Villiers in a fortnight.
Source: Chris Roots