Barrier looms as Edmonds’ biggest obstacle as youngster attempts to emulate stablemate

TOBY Edmonds fears I Am Impinge’s attempt to replicate the redeeming feats of stablemate Whypeeo at Doomben on Saturday have been compromised by the barrier draw.

I Am Impinge and Whypeeo were sensationally backed at Doomben three weeks ago, only to finish third and fourth behind first starter Let’s Party Marty and Snitz.

Whypeeo was heavily backed again last week and atoned with a brilliant performance on the Gold Coast.

I Am Impinge is $4 favourite to do the same on Saturday.

Like Whypeeo’s race last week, the three-year-old will be the most anticipated race at Doomben.

I Am Impinge clashes with Snitz, who fares far better at the draw on Saturday, stunning last-start winner Cellargirl and Mishani Bullitt, who was fourth in the JJ Atkins before running over the top of older rivals first up.


Trainer Toby Edmonds and jockey Jeff Lloyd at the Sunshine Coast. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

Edmonds says like Whypeeo, I Am Impinge is “untapped with good ability.”

“The other one (Whypeeo) is sharper in his work, but I just have a sneaky feeling this one will turn out pretty good too,” he said.

“Obviously they are different horses. I think I Am Impinge can comfortably get out to a mile, whereas the other one is a real speedster.

“It’s just unfortunate where he has drawn. I think he’s versatile enough to sit on the speed or come from behind, so we will just have to size it up and determine what looks the best option on the day.”

Edmonds has been frustrated by poor draws to what he feels are his three best chances at Doomben on Saturday.

“The three I would have called my best chances drew 12 (Plucky Girl), 11 (Ahndras) and 12 (I Am Impinge),” he said.

“Hopefully we can just get a bit of luck with them, because they are all in very winnable races. “Impregnable has drawn OK and has to be a chance, but he’s been up a while.”


Story courtesy Nathan Exelby – Brisbane Courier Mail


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