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Kennedy Cantala Tips - Japanese-bred to claim G1 Flemington mile

Jockey Craig Williams (right) rides Fierce Impact to victory in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield (PA Images)

Japanese horses have dominated the spring so far with wins in two Grand Slam races, the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate.

On Saturday, the Japanese-bred Fierce Impact lines up in the Kennedy Cantala (1600m) at Flemington and looks hard to beat on his outstanding last start effort. 

Trained by Matthew Smith at Warwick Farm, the six-year-old son of Deep Impact was runner-up to subsequent Epsom Handicap winner Kolding when first-up in the Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Randwick where race fitness meant the difference between winning and losing. 

He was given a soft barrier trail before heading to Caulfield where he clearly finished best to take out the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) after a three wide run with cover.



That last start effort rated 15.1 lengths above benchmark (BM) which is the highest last start BM figure of any runner in Saturday’s mile feature.

He surely has some upside third-up from a spell, and he’ll just need some luck in running after drawing gate 17 for Craig Williams. 

He does meet Night’s Watch 2kg worse at the weights and that galloper should also be ready to peak fourth-up from a spell with Damien Oliver in the saddle. 

Night’s Watch rates as the biggest danger, and Royal Meeting could also improve significantly off his meritorious first-up run, but I can’t go past Fierce Impact who was both visually impressive and outstanding on the clock. 


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