Victoire Pisa: Sunday's Arima Kinen winner is by Japanese Derby winner Neo Universe out of Prix de Pomone winner Whitewater AffairPICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Victoire adds to young sire's growing reputation
Grade 1 Arima Kinen, Nakayama, Japan (1m4 1/2f turf)
VICTOIRE PISA (3 c Neo Universe - Whitewater Affair by Machiavellian) Breeder: Shadai Farm in Japan
JAPANESE 2,000 Guineas winner Victoire Pisa, a son of John Greetham's homebred Prix de Pomone winner Whitewater Affair, captured his second major race of the Japanese season when holding on to take the Arima Kinen at the expense of the luckless Buena Vista, whose furious late burstnarrowly failed to overcome the winner.
The race marked yet another example of the dominance of Sunday Silence in Japan as his sons, Neo Universe and Special Week, accounted for the first two home. The third, To The Glory, is out of Sunday Silence's Group 1-winning daughter To The Victory, herself third to Manhatten Cafe in the 2001 renewal of the Arima Kinen.
Victoire Pisa is from the second crop of the 2003 Japanese 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner Neo Universe, a son of Sunday Silence who descends from Boulevard, also the ancestress of leading young sires Shamardal and Street Cry.
Neo Universe is upholding his end of the tradition, thanks in part to the sustained support of his base, Shadai Farm: his first crop contained both the Japanese 2,000 Guineas and Derby winners in Unrivaled and Logi Universe while Victoire Pisa and Group 3 winner Neo Vendome are the pick of his second. While the achievements of those crops weren't enough for him to topple King Kamehameha as the leading Japanese first, second or third crop sire, he is guaranteed to finish this season as a top ten general sire.
Victoire Pisa is one of three stakes winners out of Whitewater Affair, whom Sir Michael Stoute sent out to win the 1997 Prix de Pomone and John Porter Stakes. The daughter of Machiavellian also ran second in the Yorkshire Oaks and third in the Irish St Leger.
Exported to Japan by Shadai Farm in 1999, Whitewater Affair was animmediate success, producing the top-class Japanese miler Asakusa Den'En (by Singspiel), now at stud in Japan, and Listed winner Swift Current (by Sunday Silence).
John Greetham bred Whitewater Affair out of his Bustino mare Much Too Risky, who also produced 2006 St Simon Stakes winner Short Skirt. Much Too Risky, a half-sister to popular stayer Arctic Owl is also the dam of Princess Of Wales's Stakes winner Little Rock and Listed winner Seductress, later the dam of the smart miler Swiss Law.