WINNER: Jockey Damian Browne
WINNER: Jockey Damian Browne ALBERT PEREZ

Browne relishes victory on path to momentous meet

RACING: Sunshine Coast jockey Damian Browne has certainly enjoyed plenty of success in the saddle of late and aims to continue the trend at a momentous Corbould Park meet.

He was in fine form on Saturday, steering Impending to an impressive victory in the Group 1 Altus Kingsford Smith Cup at Doomben.

The region's leading rider produced a composed display on the James Cumming-trained four-year-old horse in the 1350m weight for age race.

They settled midfield amid eight contenders before surging through the middle of the pack.

They joined front-runner Le Romain before winning by a nose on the line.

Impending was a $4 chance with Ladbrokes and the victory followed a promising runner-up result in the Doomben 10,000 a fortnight ago.

Impending also won the Victory Stakes prior to that.

"To get a win like that was super,” Browne said.

A renowned rider in Queensland, Browne leads this season's Sunshine Coast Jockeys' Premiership and he's likely to be a key player on his home track next weekend, when Corbould Park hosts one of their most significant meetings.

The UBET Moreton Cup Raceday will feature two Group 2 and five Listed races.

There's also a meeting at the venue on Sunday.

Browne said he was unsure as to what horses he would ride, but relished the opportunity to compete at the meet.

"It's going to be the biggest race day they've had here in history, and a double header really with two days here, so I'm really looking forward to some good prize money, good horses and good jockeys and trainers all on show at the Sunny Coast,” he said.

Although he is gearing up for the meet, Browne will have plenty to think about off-track during the week.

Browne was hit with a careless-riding suspension on Saturday prior to winning the Kingsford Smith Cup.

He was issued a 10-day suspension for causing interference to Heavenly Thought in the Grand Prix Stakes when he rode Time Lord.

His suspension will start following the meet at Corbould Park this weekend, but will put an opportunity at riding Impending in the Stradbroke Handicap on June 9 in doubt.

He said he would "weigh up his options” and whether to appeal the decision over the next couple of days.

"Obviously I want to ride Impending in the Stradbroke

"You've got six days or something to think about what you want to do and my suspension doesn't start until after next Saturday so I've still got a bit of time up my sleeve to do that and I'll just go through the thing with my manager and discuss which is the best option,” he said.



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