By Glenn Davis
Well bred gelding Impasse will be striving for his first open company win at Eagle Farm on Saturday ahead of a possible return to Sydney.
Impasse was originally trained by Sydney’s Chris Waller before being transferred to Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn at the start of his last campaign.
The six-year-old resumes in the Open Handicap over 1200 metres, his first run since finishing third to the Tony Gollan-trained Silvera in the Listed Member’s Cup over 1600 metres at Doomben in late February.
It was only his fourth start for Dunn which has produced a win and three placings.
Dunn is hoping to make a full-time move to Sydney to train and Impasse is likely to join him.
“I’ve currently got 15 in work at Rosehill in Sydney but I might have to move from there if something more permanent pops up at another track,” Dunn said.
“The plan is to have the majority of our better horses in Sydney with the rest at Murwillumbah so they can race in the Northern Rivers and Brisbane.
“I’ll spend most of my time between both places but eventually I’ll probably move to Sydney full-time."
Dunn, who has more than 90 horses in work in Sydney and Murwillumbah, has warned punters that Impasse might be short of a run for his first-up assignment.
“He’s a decent horse and he’ll run well but he just might find this race a shade short,” he said.”
“He’s been in work a long time and has had a barrier trial and jump out.
“I just think he’ll go better second up over a longer trip like 1400 metres.”
Despite Dunn’s plans to set up a permanent base in Sydney, a summer carnival campaign remains an option for Impasse.
“If he runs well there’s a chance he may head to the summer carnival in Brisbane but more than likely he’ll be on a truck to Sydney,” Dunn said.
Impasse is by 2011 Golden Slipper winner Sepoy out of Amelia's Dream, who was ruling favourite for the 2008 Golden Slipper before being retired because of injury.
Robbie Fradd will again partner Impasse who has a handy book of six rides at Eagle Farm.