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Impervious Horse - Age, weight, trainer, owner, race record and form

Read the latest Impervious Horse Racing profile, including race record, form, news, age, weight, owner, trainer, results and prize money.

Unbeaten chaser Impervious has impressed lots of good judges and confirmed her class by winning the 2023 Mares' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

After going on to conclude her campaign with an 11-length success at Punchestown, it’s unclear whether she’ll be back in time for a spring campaign in 2024.

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Impervious Owner

Impervious is owned by Irishman John P McManus, who was a major shareholder of Manchester United until his stake was bought out by Malcolm Glazer back in 2005.

Impervious Trainer

Impervious is trained by Colm Murphy in a small village called Killenagh, which is situated north of Wexford, just outside of Gorey. He commenced training in 2000, having previously worked with Irish maestro Aidan O'Brien for six years.

Murphy was soon to the fore as Brave Inca won 10 Grade 1s for him, most notably a never-to-be-forgotten victory in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2006.

He also tailored the career of Big Zeb, winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2010.

Murphy took the racing world by surprise when announcing his intention to retire from the training ranks in the autumn of 2016. However, he didn't stay away long and was back at it within three years.

Impervious Age

Impervious is eight years old and made her debut at Cork in August 2021, winning the Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle by six-and-a-half lengths.

Impervious Official Rating

Impervious has an official rating of 158 on the chase, just below her best RPR of 162, while the OR on the hurdle is 132.

Impervious Weight

Impervious ran off 11st 3lbs when winning the Hanlon Concrete Irish EBF Glencarraig Lady Francis Flood Mares Chase at Punchestown by a mighty 11 lengths last time out.

Impervious Next Race

Connections are yet to decide whether Impervious will head to the Cheltenham Festival, with the eight-year-old holding entries in two races at Prestbury Park.

She could run in the Cheltenham Ryanair Chase on Thursday 14th March, or the Gold Cup on Friday 15th March as things stand, although neither option could yet be taken up.

Impervious Record

Impervious made a good fist of things over hurdles but always looked destined to make her mark as a chaser. She won her first three starts over timber, culminating in a Grade 3 novice success at Down Royal over 2m1f at their big autumn meeting.

She was well held in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse (fifth) in her first crack in elite company in late November 2021 and went straight to Cheltenham in March 2022, where she was sixth behind Love Envoi in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

She rounded off her season by finishing fifth to Brandy Love at Fairyhouse, once more in Grade 1 company, in a race where Love Envoi was second.

It was last season that Impervious caught the attention. She made a winning seasonal bow/chasing debut at Wexford in October over two miles, beating 135-rated Cayd Boy in very taking fashion after the pair pulled clear.

That prompted a rise to Grade 2 company over a furlong more at Cork in December and a showdown with the Willie Mullins-trained Dinoblue.

Both were unbeaten over fences at that point and, while Dinoblue bossed the race in front, Impervious travelled sweetly and got the job done quite stylishly under Brian Hayes.

The next target was a Grade 3 novice chase against geldings at Punchestown in January, as Impervious stepped up in trip to just shy of two-and-a-half-miles.

She pulled clear with the Henry De Bromhead-trained Journey With Me and enhanced her reputation with another fine win, putting her firmly in the picture as one to follow at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival.

By that point, Impervious had been snapped up by leading owner JP McManus, after he watched his Dinoblue sink to that defeat at Cork in December behind her.

The faith in her was rewarded with a fine win in the Mares' Chase, going away from the Mullins-trained Allegorie De Vassy to end the Closutton supremo's domination of the race having won the two previous runnings.

Impervious Prize Money

The total prize money for Impervious from both chases and hurdles is £193,238, with £188,910 coming from race wins.

Impervious News

It’s unclear whether Impervious will be seen again this season, but Aintree or Punchestown are starting to look more likely than the Cheltenham Festival.

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