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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: the top Japanese performer stands at Shadai Farm

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Yasuda Kinen winner deepens sire's impact

THE FIRST crop of outstanding Japanese racehorse Deep Impact continues to impress, with his three-year-old son Real Impact causing an upset by winning the Grade 1Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday.

Real Impact - a rare three-year-old winner of the 1m race - led home a one-two for trainer Noriyuki Hori with the Symboli Kris S five-year-old Strong Return in second.

The race favourite, last month's Grade 1 Victoria Mile winner Apapane, was a never-dangerous sixth.


Real Impact finished runner-up to Grand Prix Boss in the Grade 1 Futurity Stakes last year and third behind the same horse in the Grade 1 NHK Mile Cup last month.

He was bred by Northern Racing out of the winning Meadowlake mare Tokio Reality, making him a half-brother to Listed-winning and Grade 1-placed Japanese sprinter I'll Love Again.

Tokio Reality is a sister to US stakes winner Streamer and a half-sister to another stakes scorer in Krikiti.

A son of Sunday Silence, Deep Impact was the champion three-year-old colt in Japan when winning the Satsuki Sho (2,000 Guineas), Tokyo Yushun (Derby) and Kikuka Sho (St Leger).

He was Japan's champion older horse at four, winning the Tenno Sho Spring, Japan Cup, Takarazuka Kinen and Arima Kinen, as well as finishing a memorable third (later disqualified) to Rail Link in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Deep Impact retired to the Shadai Stallion Station and his first crop hit the tracks last year. Real Impact is his second Grade 1 winner after Oka Sho (1,000 Guineas) winner Marcellina.

He is also sire of Japanese Grade 3 scorers Danon Ballade and Tosen Ra and his Listed winners include Barocci, successful in the Prix Omnium II at Saint-Cloud in France.

 

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