Above: Deep Impact’s multiple G1 winner Fierce Impact has been retired to stud.

Trainer Matthew Smith has announced the retirement of Fierce Impact, three-time Group 1 winner and Australia’s Joint Champion Miler 2019/20.

“He’s been an absolute star for us, it will be sad to see him leave the stable but we’re safe in the knowledge that he retires perfectly sound and well and that he has a very bright future at stud ahead of him,” said Smith.

“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 as a racehorse. 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.”

Victoria’s Leneva Park have recently bought a significant stake of Fierce Impact and syndicated him for stud duties and are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new blue-blooded stallion at their Seymour property.

“It would have been great to see him on the track for a couple more runs but to be honest, we are still on cloud nine having secured a horse of his quality, we can’t wait to welcome him home to Leneva Park,” said General Manager Mick Sharkie.

“Victorian breeders will have access to a racehorse that counts as one of Deep Impact’s top five all time performers. Fierce Impact won at two and trained on to win three Group 1 mile races, he was super tough, classy and is everything the Aussie market demands.

“Our thanks go out to Matt Smith and his team for doing such a marvellous job with the horse on the track, now we will guide the next stage of his life. We expect that the last few shares in the horse will be snapped up once breeders can lay eyes on him themselves – he’s a great type of horse.”

Fierce Impact’s 2021 fee will be announced in coming weeks.

Article courtesy of Breednet