Warwick Farm trainer Matthew Smith didn’t flinch when Fierce Impact drew wide in the $5 million All-Star Mile as it’s something he’s become used to.
And as he pointed out the results have been good when it happened last spring to Fierce Impact as he put together back-to-back Group 1 wins in Melbourne’s two big spring mile races, the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield and the Cantala Stakes at Flemington.
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In the Toorak Handicap he drew barrier 15 and then in the Cantala Stakes he drew barrier 14.
“I would have preferred a better gate than 12 but when he won those races he sat three and four wide throughout and he’ll have to do so again,” Smith said.
Smith said after those wins he had little alternative other than to try and get into the All-Star Mile and he managed to gain a wildcard.
Smith said the tempo of the race would dictate whether Fierce Impact could win it.
“If there’s good genuine pressure we’re a chance,” he said.
“He’s been very consistent at his last five runs the way he’s rated. He’s a good horse and he deserves his opportunity.”
Smith said Fierce Impact’s last start third in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick behind Te Akau Shark proved he could measure up at this level.
“He showed he could compete at Group 1 weight-for-age level and although it’s not a Group 1 it’s equal to one. In the Chipping Norton he took on genuine Group 1 horses and his run was excellent.”
Fierce Impact, ridden by Craig Williams, wins the Group 1 Cantala Stakes at Flemington.Source:News Corp Australia
Smith said Fierce Impact bounced out of that run which determined that he would come to Melbourne.
Smith believes Melody Belle is the horse to beat in the All-Star Mile with her weight advantage as a mare.
“She’s won 10 Group 1 races. Alligator Blood has won one and he’s only carrying one kilogram less. We’ve also got to give her two kilograms.”
“He deserves favouritism as he’s a super horse but she’s proven at this level. That win at Flemington during the spring carnival was unbelievable.”
Craig Williams, who rides Fierce Impact, rode him in trackwork last Tuesday at Sandown and was impressed by how he felt.
Fierce Impact is a $10 chance with TAB fixed odds.
Fierce Impact, by superstar Japanese stallion Deep Impact, began his racing career in England before he was purchased by an Australian syndicate headed by well known identity Mark Pilkington.
NewsCorp digital subscriber Nicky Seeto is the All-Star Mile ambassador for Fierce Impact.
If Fierce Impact greets the judge, the lucky racing fan will collect $250,000.
He was one of thousands of subscribers to enter our All-Star Mile competition.
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NewsCorp digital subscriber Nicky Seeto is the All-Star Mile ambassador for Fierce Impact.Source:News Corp Australia
WAITING GAME FOR CAVIAR FILLY
Weather conditions will decide where Ready For Caviar — the fourth foal of unbeaten champion Black Caviar — races this weekend.
David Hayes will monitor conditions during the next 24 hours before deciding whether to take the More Than Ready filly to Caulfield on Saturday or Benalla on Sunday.
“We just want to wait on the weather,” Hayes said on Thursday. “She’ll run well wherever she goes, but we just want to wait.”
Rain is forecast in Melbourne from Friday.
Ready For Caviar won a recent Flemington jumpout, prompting Lindsay Park to enter her in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield, where she has drawn barrier three.
She has drawn gate seven in a 10-horse field over 1112m at Benalla.
Lindsay Park-trained Oscietra — the first of Black Caviar’s foals to race — to two wins from five starts.
Team Hawkes prepared Prince Of Caviar, who notched one win from six outings.
Originally published asWide draw guarantees maximum Impact
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