First stakeswinner for Real Impact

George Ryder S. G1 winner Real Impact served 310 mares in his first three Australian seasons at Arrowfield. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Deep Impact’s dual Group 1-winning miler Real Impact posted his first stakeswinner when 3YO colt Lauda Sion won Saturday’s ¥38 million Tokyo Crocus S. 1400m LR.

It was the third win from 5 starts by the colt who was bred by Katsumi & Kazumi Yoshida’s son Shunsuke and is trained by Takashi Saito for Silk Racing, the racing partnership company which also races 2018 Horse of the Year Almond Eye.

Group-placed as a 2YO, Lauda Sion started third favourite for the race and went straight to the front where he was perfectly rated by champion jockey Yutaka Take, with enough in reserve to withstand Harmony Magellan’s challenge in the straight, and pull away to score by 2 lengths in 1:21.2. 

Lauda Sion is one of 17 winners from the first Japanese crop of Real Impact whose 2020 fee at Shadai has been increased to ¥2 million (~$25,000). (PHOTO: JBIS)

Lauda Sion is the third winner left by Antiphona, a winning daughter of Songandaprayer (by Unbridled’s Song), from the family of US Grade 1 winners Cuvee, Olympio, Tapizar, Pyro, Paddy O’Prado and Champion 3YO Filly Untapable.

Antiphona has a 2YO colt by Deep Impact’s Champion 3YO son Kizuna, a yearling filly by World Champion Just A Way and in 2019 she visited Group 1 winner Real Steel (also by Deep Impact) who served his first Australian book of mares at Arrowfield in 2019.

Real Impact finished third behind Kizuna & Epiphaneia on Japan’s 2019 First Season Sires’ list with 15 winners of 20 races and ¥180 million, and a month into 2020, is in the leading group of Japan’s sophomore sires. 

Only 3 of his first-crop Australian 2YOs have made racetrack debuts so far this season, but several of them have shown ability at trials including trial winners Nishikori, Lunar Impact & Succotash and placegetters Genjiro, Heavy Rotation, Puissant, Real Peace & Two Gems. 

Arrowfield sold two Real Impact fillies for $220,000 and $100,000 at last month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and Little Avondale sold the Real Impact-Vienna Lady colt for $NZ85,000 at last week’s Karaka Book 2 Sale. 

Real impact has six lots on offer at the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale including two fillies and a colt consigned by Arrowfield. 

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