Smith Hopes For Fierce Impact At Rosehill

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Lessons learned during 's formative Australian campaign will be put to good use as the European import prepares to return for a assault.

Fierce Impact will resume in the Group Two (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday, his first start since he captured the Summer Cup at Randwick on Boxing Day.

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 in Melbourne where he finished midfield.

Trainer 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.”

will partner Fierce Impact who has a handy 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.

Smith said Fierce Impact would head to the Doncaster Mile after Saturday and beyond that all options were on the table, including lining up against Winx in the .

Fierce Impact is $11 in early Ajax markets behind Victorians ($4.20) and last-start Blamey Stakes winner at $4.80.

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