Fierce Impact

29/10/19 Flemington Races: Kennedy Mile Nominations 2019

Toorak winner heads the market

Distance 2000m
Grade Group 1
Track  Flemington
Prizemoney $2,000,000
2018 winner

Best of Days ($12.00)

The Kennedy Mile, also known as the Cantala Stakes, is a rich $2 million handicap race over the Flemington mile scheduled on Derby Day. It's Group One prestige and big purse always attracts a strong field and this year's edition is no different. 

In recent years, the males have dominated the Kennedy Mile with only two mares victorious since 2000.

In 2012, Happy Trails became the first runner to win carrying more than 55.5kg, when he lugged 58kg to victory.  

All-in betting has the Matthew Smith trained Fierce Impact ($6) the early favourite. A dominant winner of the Group One Toorak Handicap, this former UK based galloper has come a long way this prep and is finally living up to his potential.

In positive news for punters, Craig Williams is booked to ride and is looking to make it back to back Group One wins aboard this galloper.  

Night's Watch for Chris Waller sits on the second line of betting after chasing home Fierce Impact last start. 

With even luck, he could have finished closer and with the booking of multiple Group One winner Damian Oliver to ride, he must be respected in this race.  


Weights for the 2019 Kennedy Mile are below: 

Horse Name Trainer Weight
CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) David Menuisier 52kg
CLIFF’S EDGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 54.5kg
BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings 56kg
TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards 58kg
HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 58kg
DREAMFORCE John Thompson 58kg
VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller 55.5kg
INVINCIBELLA Chris Waller 55kg
KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller 56kg
LAND OF PLENTY Peter & Paul Snowden 56kg
ROYAL MEETING (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 55.5kg
SAVATIANO James Cummings 53.5kg
FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 55.5kg
LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller 55.5kg
MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller 55.5kg
MADISON COUNTY (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 55kg
MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes 55kg
FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith 55kg
STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols 54.5kg
SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 54.5kg
NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller 54.5kg
TALLY James Cummings 54.5kg
GEM SONG Kris Lees 54kg
PACODALI (IRE) Lindsey Smith 54kg
YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller 53.5kg
SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 53.5kg
ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 52.5kg
STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller 52.5kg
CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings 52.5kg
CAPTAIN COOK (GB) Chris Waller 52.5kg
POHUTUKAWA James Cummings 52kg
MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan 52kg
ROX THE CASTLE (NZ) Kerry Edwards 52kg
NOIRE Chris Waller 52kg
FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 52kg
ADMIRAL’S JOKER Kylie Vella 52kg
TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller 52kg
LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg
VARIATION Stephen Miller 52kg
ICONOCLASM Danny O'Brien 52kg
LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Bryan Dais 52kg
SO YOU WIN Chris Waller 52kg
RICH ITCH Shawn Mathrick 52kg
MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ) Tony Noonan 52kg
MISS SISKA Grahame Begg 52kg
LE JUGE (IRE) Chris Waller 52kg
VASSILATOR (NZ) Colin Little 52kg
A SHIN ROOK (JPN) Anthony Freedman 52kg
FIDELIA Robbie Griffiths 52kg
JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 52kg
MANDELA EFFECT Scott Brunton 52kg
MR MONEY BAGS Robbie Griffiths 52kg
SNOGGING Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 52kg

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