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Deep Impact of Japan ridden by Yutaka Take runs past the finishing post to win the 26th Japan Cup at Tokyo Race Course on November 26, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan.

Deep Impact: Japanese champion sired Thursday's Prix Omnium winner Barocci

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Deep Impact colt stakes Classic claim in Omnium

Saint-Cloud: Prix Omnium II (Listed), 1m, 3yo colts

BAROCCI (c Deep Impact - Bastet by Giant's Causeway)

Bred by Dayton Investments Ltd in Japan

THE outstanding Japanese champion Deep Impact made a sparkling start to his stud career in Japan last year when siring 33 individual first-crop winners and it looks as if more will be heard of him in this part of the world judging by the victory of Barocci in today's Listed Prix Omnium II at Saint-Cloud.

The Elie Lellouche-trained colt, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, defeated Private Jet (by Aussie Rules) by a short neck to become his sire's first European winner. The pair pulled two lengths clear of the third, Two For Two (by Danehill Dancer).

Bred in Japan by the Wildenstein family's Dayton Investments, Barocci is one of just five three-year-olds by Deep Impact listed as being in training in Europe. Another is Monster Munchie, who has run third on both her starts for William Knight this season.

The Prix Omnium marked the second start for Barocci, who ran second on his debut last October over course and distance. He is the first foal out of French Listed winner Bastet, a Giant's Causeway half-sister to 1997 Melbourne Cup hero Might And Power and to the dam of Hong Kong Mile winner Lucky Owners.

Bastet has a British-bred two-year-old sister to Barocci named Beauty Parlour in training with Lellouche and a yearling colt by Zamindar.

Deep Impact's famous last-to-first flying finishes, which saw him win seven Group 1 races in Japan, attracted legions of fans, and the son of Sunday Silence, who stands at Shadai Farm, has not let his supporters down at stud; Barocci is his third stakes winner following Japanese Group 3 scorers Danon Ballade and Tosen Ra.

He was crowned the overwhelming leading Japanese first-crop sire of 2010 and is currently dominating the second-crop list ahead of Shadai stud-mate Heart's Cry.







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