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Lord ArthurLord Arthur’s Win a Major Milestone for his Dam

The win of the Camelot three-year-old Lord Arthur in Saturday’s $100,000 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes Gr.2 marked off a rare milestone for his dam Imposingly who has now produced five individual Group winners – a rarely heard of accomplishment and an amazing feat by the former NZ Broodmare of the Year. The eighth foal of his dam, Lord Arthur is a half-brother to dual Horse of the Year Bonneval, Imposing Lass, Lady Cumquat, and Full of Spirit while he has a two-year-old half-sister by Adelaide currently pre-training, a yearling colt by Makfi about to be broken in, while his dam Imposingly carries a positive test to Coolmore Stud stallion Pierro and will visit Newgate’s young sire Dissident in 2019.

Trained by Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, Lord Arthur had always been held in high regard but has taken time to grow into his large frame and has been handled patiently by his trainers over the summer months. Lord Arthur won a maiden at Rotorua towards the end of December and has been a work in progress since, but showed an excellent turn of foot to come from near last to reel in the leaders and go on for an easy victory over the heavily fancied Intrique with another Baker/Forsman representative in Bobby Dee finishing third..

Lord Arthur ran a smart 2:07.89 for the 2100m which was more than comparable with the Avondale Guineas (2:10.48) over the same distance, where the form was far from disgraced in Sydney with Surely Sacred and In a Twinkling running with distinction.

Imposingly’s first foal Our Squeezer (Redoute’s Choice) has left the capable Sydney stayer Tamarack, has a 2YO Declaration of War filly with Phillip Stokes along with a Pierro weanling colt and infoal to So You Think and has a booking to Darley stallion Kermadec in 2019. Her second favourite was the Adrian Knox Stakes winner and Makfi Challenge Stakes placegetter Full of Spirit who has two Tavistock fillies (yearling and weanling) and is infoal to quality stallions Pierro. The third foal from Imposingly was the Red Ransom gelding Zaberto who won twice up to 2100m.

The fourth foal from Imposingly was the Duke of Marmalade filly Lady Cumquat who failed to make her reserve as a yearling and was retained by her breeders Peter Newsom, Mac Whitehouse, and Tony Wales and won the Manawatu Classic Stakes Gr.3 when trained by Roger James. Lady Cumquat was group placed at Caulfield from the Darren Weir stable and has produced a Pierro filly (yearling), a So You Think filly (weanling) and is infoal to red-hot stallion Dundeel.

In 2012 Imposingly produced her fifth foal after a mating with world-class miler Makfi. The resultant progeny was Imposing Lass – purchased by Paul Willetts for $120,000 – who went on to win the Group 3 Belle of the Turf Stakes for Bjorn Baker and was sold as a broodmare for $600,000 at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale in 2018.

Imposingly’s 2013 foal – a second filly by Makfi - has undoubtedly been her best to date. Named Bonneval, the filly took out back-to-back NZ Horse of the Year titles in 2017 and 2018 after winning the NZ Oaks Gr.1, ATC Oaks Gr.1, and the Underwood Stakes Gr.1 as well as the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic Gr.2 and Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Gr.2. Bonneval was retired in 2018 and was purchased by Garry Chittick for a substantial seven figure sum and carries a positive pregnancy to I Am Invincible.

Following Bonneval, Imposingly had a Redwood colt named He’s Imposing who is with Joe Pride at Warwick Farm and has shown ability with two wins up to 2400m to date and the stable expect the horse to head to a good level this season after looking a promising stayer last preparation.

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