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Gentildonna wins Yushun Himba

Gentildonna: Japanese Fillies Triple Crown heroine is out of Brian Meehan's 2005 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Donna Blini

  PICTURE: Masakaza Takahashi  

Daughter of Donna Blini sweeps Triple Crown

Kyoto: Shuka Sho, Group 1, 1m2f, 3yo fillies

GENTILDONNA (f Deep Impact - Donna Blini by Bertolini)

Bred by Northern Racing Co. Ltd

A NOSE verdict was enough to see Gentildonna become the fourth filly to sweep the Japanese Fillies Triple Crown on Sunday as the Sei Ichikaza-trained filly held off old rival Verxina to take the Shuka Sho at Kyoto.

Gentildonna and Verxina, both of whom are by Japanese sire sensation Deep Impact, have filled the top two spots in each leg of this year's Japanese Fillies Triple Crown.

Gentildonna is one of 14 Pattern winners worldwide this season for Deep Impact. Others include the Japanese Derby hero Deep Brillante and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Beauty Parlour.

The son of Sunday Silence, who won seven Group 1 races himself, is the sire of 28 stakes winners, including six at the top level, from three crops of racing age. He stands at the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan.

Although Gentildonna was bred in Japan by Northern Racing, she also represents a triumph for European breeding in that she is out of Brian Meehan's 2005 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Donna Blini.

Donna Blini has also worked with Deep Impact to produce this season's dual Group 3 winner Donau Blue.

The pair are the first two foals out of Donna Blini, who was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for 500,000gns at the 2006 Tattersalls December Sale. She retired having won four races for Meehan, three of which, including the Cheveley Park and Cherry Hinton Stakes, were recorded during her juvenile season when she was the stand-out of Bertolini's first crop.

Bred in Britain by James Thom and Sons, Donna Blini is a half-sister to seven winners including American Listed scorer Magical and out of Newmarket nursery winner Cal Norma's Lady, by Lyphard's Wish.




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