The continued dominance of global sire sensation Deep Impact was once again on show over the past week when his three-year-old fillies ran the trifecta in the Group 2 Sho Rose Stakes (1800m) at Hanshin racecourse in Japan.
It was of no surprise that the 15 strong field comprised ten fillies by Deep Impact, with the Katsuhiko Sumi-trained Cantabile winning by a length and quarter from Salacia, with Lathyros taking third.
A day earlier in Ireland, Europe’s best two-year-old of last season, Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact) finished a gutsy second in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes after taking up the running before being run down late, beaten a neck.
Victorious in the 2000 Guineas when commencing his three-year-old season, the imposing colt followed that up with second in the Group 1 Coral Eclipse Stakes before Saturday’s grand effort to finish second to Roaring Lion once again at the elite level.
Unfortunately, trainer Aidan O’Brien was forced to announce the retirement of the colt the following day after a tendon injury was discovered.
Locally in Australia, Deep Impact’s dual Group 1-winning son Tosen Stardom received a boost on Friday when the Kris Less-trained Princess Posh dominated at Newcastle when successful the Group 3 Tibbie Stakes.
The Baroness, the dam of the stakes-winning mare is just one of a handful of stakes-winning and/or stakes-producing mares to be covered by Tosen Stardom at his first season at stud.
As the only dual Group 1-winning son of Deep Impact to stand in Australia, Tosen Stardom offers breeders not only a sensational racehorse, but a stallion with an ideal pedigree outcross for almost all bloodlines in Australia.