Group 1 gun Fierce IMpact to make Cox Plate impact

Trainer Matthew Smith will give Fierce Impact his first look at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning ahead of Saturday’s Cox Plate tilt and says he expects his stable star to love what he sees.

Fierce Impact has been back at Smith’s Warwick Farm base in recent weeks but will travel to Melbourne on Sunday night in preparation for his date with destiny in Australia’s premier weight-for-age race.

“He will go there on Tuesday morning and have a look around for the first time which is important,” Smith said.

“He has done all his work so it will just be a bit of a look around, a breeze around there, to get a feel for it all.

“We know he likes the Melbourne way of going and I think this track is going to suit him as well.

“I know he handles any way of going.”

Matthew Smith says Fierce Impact is ready for the Cox Plate. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The son of Deep Impact will be Smith’s first ever runner in the Cox Plate and the race has been on the trainer’s radar since the beginning of the spring.

He has given his star seven-year-old three runs as grounding for his toughest test.

Fierce Impact was excellent when third in the Group 1 Winx Stakes first up at Randwick before heading to Melbourne where he claimed a third Group 1 in the Makybe Diva Stakes.

Smith then brought Fierce Impact back from Melbourne to contest the Group 2 Hill Stakes.

He was upset by the Chris Waller-trained Kolding in the 2000m assignment but was terrific in defeat, finishing third.

“He is absolutely flying,” Smith said.

“The pace of the race the other day didn’t suit us but he went super and has been that way since.

“The 2000m should suit him and if the race is run at the pace it normally is, it will suit him down to the ground.”

Luke Currie will ride Fierce Impact in the Cox Plate.

Fierce Impact is currently a $21 chance with TAB.com.au for the race.

Originally published asGroup 1 gun to make Impact at The Valley

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