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10/2/2020 Fierce Impact on All-Star Mile mission

Fierce Impact (Deep Impact), who finished runner-up to Alabama Express (Redoute’s Choice) in the CF Orr Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) on Saturday, could try to secure a place in next month’s All-Star Mile (1600m) with a start in either the Futurity or the Chipping Norton Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Randwick on February 29. The winner of the Futurity is assured a place in the $5m All-Star Mile line-up at Caulfield on March 14, but trainer Matthew Smith has hinted towards a Chipping Norton outing in the hope Fierce Impact receives one of five wildcard spots in the field. Reflecting on his Orr performance, Smith told Racing.com: "He just needs that quick tempo through the whole race, he was great through the line. That run will bring him on and he'll be ready for his next start."