Imperious gives rivals a lashing

Imperious and Opie Bosson getting the better of Out Of The Park to score a strong win at Pukekohe yesterday.

Celebration time finally came at Pukekohe yesterday for the connections of Imperious, a daughter of the multiple Group One winner Lashed.

The Cape Blanco four-year-old had gradually improved with each of her previous six starts and topped it off with a sound win in the Pukekohe Park’s Big Little Christmas Party 1600.

Given her breeding, Imperious was lightly tried last year, though she did show some promise with a second in her first trial when chasing home the subsequent top sprinter Bostonian in an 800m heat at Cambridge that February.

She was then off the scene until winning a trial over 850m at Te Awamutu last October and she had four starts that campaign with the best result being a second-up fourth at Avondale just over 12 months ago.

Since reappearing on the racetrack on October 26, Imperious has gone from strength to strength.

She gave cheek with a fresh-up third over 1200m at Pukekohe that day and followed up with a game second when stepped up to 1600m at Te Aroha last month.

Opie Bosson climbed aboard for the first time yesterday and, after settling her midfield, he improved her off the fence nearing the home turn and she wound up strongly down the outer.

Stretching her neck out in determined fashion, she scored by three-quarters of a length from the favourite, the Tony Pike-trained Out Of The Park, with Frank Ritchie’s Superstition finishing third to give Cambridge stables the trifecta.

Cambridge hoop Jason Waddell had ridden both Imperious and Out Of The Park in their lead-up seconds and opted for the latter, leaving Bosson to enjoy the win and reminisce over Imperious’ dam, Lashed.

Bosson rode Lashed on seven occasions for three Group One wins, a Group One third and a Group One fourth.

Lashed, a daughter of Encosta de Lago raced by Sir Patrick Hogan, began her career in Australia from Graeme Rogerson’s stable and showed talent from the outset winning three juvenile races including the Gr.3 SAJC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Morphettville.

As a three-year-old she figured prominently in nine Group races in succession with the highlight being her win in the Gr.2 Kewney Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

Her Group placings included a second in the Gr.1 VRC Oaks (2500m) and a fourth in the Gr.1 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield and she also picked up four Group Two placings and two Group Three placings.

Brought to New Zealand, Lashed being part of the Rogerson – Stephen Autridge team and that resulted in Bosson getting the call-up for the mare’s New Zealand debut in the Gr.1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie.

Lashed won the Zabeel Classic then after a fourth in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) she backed up to win both the Gr.1 the Gr.1 Whakanui Stud International Stakes (2000m) and the Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m).

Bosson was aboard on each of the occasions in the summer of 2004 and he later rode Lashed when third in the 2005 Gr.1 Zabeel Classic.

Lashed ended her career with four Group One placings in succession after an unsuccessful Melbourne Cup tilt. She followed up the Zabeel Classic effort with thirds in the Thorndon Mile and Whakanui Stud International Stakes (with Vinnie Colgan in the saddle both times) and the Darley Stakes (when ridden in her finale by Hayden Tinsley).

Lashed was voted the NZ Champion WFA Performer in 2003-04 and as a broodmare four of her eight foals have raced so far with Imperious becoming her third winner.

Kiwi Chief and Lashed Out have also been her winners, while she has been successful as the grandam of Divine Power and Whipped (three wins apiece).

Lashed is now part of the Brendon and Jo Lindsay empire with their purchase of Cambridge Stud, but Sir Patrick Hogan and Lady Justine have retained interest with the ownership of Imperious.

They race Imperious with Hawtin and his father, Keith, as well as Galaxy Racing No.1A Syndicate managed by John Davey.

The syndicate must now be eagerly awaiting Imperious stepping up to 2000 metres and other staying tests, which were the forte of Lashed.