Trainer Matthew Smith is unlikely to run star galloper Fierce Impact in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield

Makybe Diva Stakes winner Fierce Impact is set to bypass Saturday’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.

Trainer Matthew Smith entered the triple Group 1 winner for Saturday’s $750,000 Underwood Stakes and Friday night’s Group 3 JRA Plate (2040m) at The Valley.

But the stallion will be home in his box at Smith’s Warwick Farm stable on the weekend.

Smith toyed with the idea of running Fierce Impact with 61kg in the JRA Cup to give him a look at the course for next month’s Cox Plate for which the classy galloper is a $17 chance.

“I was a bit undecided so I put him in everywhere and thought I’d decide after he galloped today (Tuesday),” Smith said.

“I had to nominate yesterday and couldn’t wait until I galloped him.

“I think there’s going to be enough chances to give him a look there but I thought I’d just better put him in and decide.”

Smith said either the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) or the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Randwick would be Fierce Impact’s next run.

Trainer Matthew Smith is weighing up his next move with Cox Plate contender Fierce Impact. Photo: AAP/Vince Caliguri.Source:AAP

“I’d say he’d probably stay here this week and he’ll run in either the Hill Stakes or the Turnbull (Stakes),” Smith said.

“If I’m going to go to a Cox Plate, he’d need a 2000m run under his belt before that.”

Smith said Fierce Impact has done well since holding of top Victorian galloper Russian Camelot in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.

The seven-year-old had to make a detour on the way back to Smith’s stable to comply with Racing NSW COVID-19 protocols but the trainer said Fierce Impact pleased him with his work on Tuesday.

“It was a bit of a pain getting him home because he had to go into quarantine for a couple of days,” Smith said.

“We galloped him this morning and he worked great so I’m very happy with him.”

Originally published asNo Impact likely on Underwood

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