Deep Impact: has made a flying start to 2012 with his young progenyPICTURE: Getty Images
Fifth Graded winner of the year for Deep Impact
EXCITING Japanese sire Deep Impact continued his scintillating start to 2012 on Saturday with Verxina becoming his fifth individual Pattern winner only six weeks into the new year.
Verxina, trained by Yasuo Tomomichi for Kazuhiro Sasaki, landed the Grade 3 Daily Hai Queen Cup for three-year-old fillies over 1m at Tokyo.
The black filly beat the favourite Ichiokuno Hoshi (Zenno Rob Roy) by oneand a quarter lengths with Excellente Cave (Daiwa Major) back in third.
Verxina was bred by Northern Farm out of Halwa Sweet, a Machiavellian half-sister to another of Deep Impact's Grade 3 winners, Frere Jacques.
Halwa Sweet's third dam is blue hen Glorious Song, who found fame by producing influential sire Rahy and the top-class globetrotter Singspiel.
Deep Impact, whose oldest crop are four, started the year with a bang when his daughter Gentildonna (out of Cheveley Park Stakes winner Donna Blini) won the Grade 3 Sho Shinzan Kinen.
She was swiftly followed by Best Deal in the Grade 3 Keisei Hai, Donau Blue (also out of Donna Blini) in the Grade 3 Kyoto HImba Stakes and World Ace in the Grade 3 Kisarigi Sho.
Deep Impact's brilliant start to his stud career is underlined by the fact that his first two crops have yielded three Grade 1 winners: Joie De Vivre (Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Stakes), Marcellina (Oka Sho) and Real Impact (Yasuda Kinen).
Deep Impact, a multiple Grade 1-winning son of Sunday Silence, stands at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan.