Lessons learned during Fierce Impact’s formative Australian campaign will be put to good use as the European import prepares to return for a Doncaster Mile assault.
It was the culmination of the five-year-old’s first serious preparation since his arrival from England and included a hit-and-run raid on the Group One Toorak Handicap in Melbourne where he finished midfield.
Trainer Matthew Smith said he learned a lot about the horse during the spring and summer and believed the best was still to come.
“It was a really good learning process for both us and the horse,” Smith said.
“He kept rising to the occasion and improving through the prep.
“I’ve got to be confident that, with a horse like him, he’s got a lot more improvement in him and will just keep getting better and better.”
Corey Brown will partner Fierce Impact who has a handy fresh record, although his best form is over further than the Ajax distance.
Smith says a strong tempo will be vital to the horse’s winning chances at Rosehill and with a field of 15 accepting for Saturday’s race, he hopes Fierce Impact gets conditions to suit.
“In the shorter races it’s incredibly important he gets speed because he’s a strong 2000-metre horse so in the mile races he needs pressure up front to be in the finish,” Smith said.
Fierce Impact is $11 in early Ajax markets behind Victorians Land Of Plenty ($4.20) and last-start Blamey Stakes winner Fifty Stars at $4.80.
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