Tough Guy Gets A City Winner

Sep 15, 2017

A couple of tough guys combined for a gutsy win in the opening race at Doomben last Saturday - one with four legs and the other with two.

Impregnable wins at Doomben Ontrack's tough sprinter Impregnable broke through for his first city win and the success delivered a welcome birthday present for one of racing's most resilient characters, champion jockey Jeff Lloyd.

The runaway winner of the Brisbane jockeys' premiership for 2016-17, Jeff turned 57 the day before guiding Impregnable to a remarkable win.

He missed the kick by a good three lengths but Jeff was able to use the horse's brilliant speed to quickly drive through along the rails and sit behind the speed.

The only problem left to solve was finding a way out and Jeff managed to weave a path between the front runners and Impregnable did the rest.

Ontrack's Grant Morgan said Impregnable and Jeff Lloyd are both tough characters.

"Jeff has come back from a stroke and a serious race fall in recent seasons to win the Brisbane jockeys' title with a record tally. His levels of professionalism, fitness and dedication are inspirational and he's always hard to beat.

"Impregnable is also shaping up as a tough cookie as he has now had six runs for Toby Edmonds since moving north from Victoria for four wins and two placings.

"He really paraded in magnificent order last Saturday and certainly shows little wear and tear after what has been a great effort to go from winning a maiden at Grafton in April to scoring a city Saturday win," said Grant Morgan.

Trainer Toby Edmonds was generous in his praise for Impregnable.

"He really has done a great job since we got him in March and he's just typical of the good I Am Invincible horses in that he's tough, genuine and a really progressive horse.

"While he's not showing any obvious signs of wear and tear we want to look after him so he can have a couple of weeks out at our farm and enjoy some time in the paddock with the sun on his back.

"There's more wins in store for him so we want to look after him and feel a little break now will do him the world of good."

Mind you, Toby Edmonds is mindful of the need to avoid giving him too big a break.

"He is such a great eater that you can't afford to give him too much time off because he would get very big very quickly."

Toby summed the horse up when one of his owners asked if Impregnable was a good eater.

"Put it this way, if he ever left any food in the bin you would know you have a sick horse," Toby replied.

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