No autumn campaign for Smith’s retiring star

Plans to give multiple Group 1 winner Fierce Impact one final autumn tilt have been abandoned with the Matthew Smith-trained star officially retired to stud.

Leneva Park released a statement announcing the decision on Monday which will see the three-time Group 1 winner stand in Victoria for the upcoming season.

The star son of Deep Impact was originally set to be targeted at the George Ryder Stakes first-up this autumn before Smith planned to look towards The Championships.

A tilt at either the Doncaster Mile (April 10) or Queen Elizabeth Stakes (April 17) at Randwick were options as well as the Doomben Cup (May 16).

But Smith has made the decision not to pursue those plans, particularly with a wet winter forecast predicted in Sydney.

“It has become clear in the last fortnight that his mind is on other things, which is great for his future as a stallion but not so much a racehorse,” Smith said in a statement.

Trainer Matthew Smith and strapper Nikky Hunt pose with Fierce Impact. Photo: AAP Image/Vince CaligiuriSource:AAP

“The potential for very wet tracks in Sydney during The Championships was another factor because he’s definitely at his best on top of the ground.”

Fierce Impact will go down in the history books after claiming all three of Melbourne’s big spring miles in the 2019 Toorak Handicap, 2019 Cantala Stakes and 2020 Makybe Diva Stakes.

He has been a mainstay at Group 1 level in recent years and gave Smith his first Cox Plate runner last spring, finishing sixth in what proved to be his last start.

“He’s been an absolute star for us,” Smith said.

“It will be sad to see him leave the stable but we are safe in the knowledge he retires perfectly sound and well and that he has a bright future at stud ahead of him.”

A stud fee for Fierce Impact is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Originally published asFierce Impact to retire straight to stud

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