Japan’s supersire Deep Impact goes global

It seems a little strange to say that 2018 is proving to be a breakout year for a stallion that has won his country’s last six General Sire Premierships.

Nevertheless, it’s an accurate description of Deep Impact’s enhanced global status after Classic victories by his sons Saxon Warrior for Coolmore in the Newmarket Two Thousand Guineas G1 on 5 May and Study Of Man for the Niarchos family in last Sunday’s Chantilly Prix du Jockey Club G1.

They are among Deep Impact’s eight Group 1 winners in four countries over the past 12 months, helping him into third position on the TRC Global Sire Rankings behind Galileo and Dubawi.

In fact, Deep Impact’s rise from Japanese to international dominance is a longer story and one that Arrowfield has played a small part in by identifying his sire Sunday Silence as “breed shaper” and breeding a few mares to him Southern time some twenty years ago.  The resultant offspring included AJC Oaks winner Sunday Joy, herself dam of the incomparable More Joyous.

Arrowfield’s relationship with the Yoshida family & Shadai Stallion Station has been consolidated by the joint breeding venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and stallion business, most recently the shuttling of dual Group 1-winning sprinter-milers Real Impact (pictured above) and Mikki Isle (pictured below).  They are the first sons of Deep Impact to stand in Australia, and breeders using them are poised to catch the rising wave of demand for this dynamic Danehill outcross. Real Impact’s first Australian yearlings sell in 2019, while Mikki Isle’s first foals are due this coming Spring.

Mikki Isle, his first foals arrive this Spring

Arrowfield has doubled-down on Deep Impact by sending mares to his court in Japan, with the first group producing three fillies and two colts that are now rising 2YOs. Two of the fillies, out of Alverta and Charming Estelle, were sold for a total of $2.1 million at Inglis Easter, bought respectively by Waller Racing & Guy Mulcaster and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum.

Critical to the Australian market’s enthusiasm for Deep Impact has been the top-level success in domestic racing conditions by his progeny. His half-dozen runners here so far include three Group 1 performers: dual Group 1 winner Tosen Stardom (at stud this year), ATC George Ryder S. G1 winner Real Impact and Ambitious, twice Group 1-placed this season.

Deep Impact is the sire of seven other offshore Group 1 winners since 2012: Gentildonna (Dubai), A Shin Hikari (France & Hong Kong), Vivlos (Dubai), Real Steel (Dubai) & Beauty Parlour (France), as well as Saxon Warrior and Study Of Man.

They are among Deep Impact’s 114 stakeswinners (10.1% of his runners) with Study Of Man his 37th lifetime Group 1 winner. Less than halfway through the 2018 season he is once again dominating the Japanese General Sires’ premiership with around $A36 million prizemoney – a cool $A16 million ahead of his closest rival Heart’s Cry (also by Sunday Silence).

Superlative Maurice takes out Champions Mile

Maurice crowned a day of champions at Sha Tin on 1 May 2016 with a superlative victory in the $HK14 million (~$A2.3 million) Champions Mile 1600m G1.

 “He was brilliant!” said winning rider Joao Moreira. “A machine,” was the verdict of Brett Prebble who had the closest view of Maurice’s powerful hindquarters in the run home – he was two lengths away, on board the valiant Arrowfield graduate Contentment.

Moreira enjoyed an untroubled passage on the Mrs Kazumi Yoshida’s entire, only the second overseas winner of the race after Variety Club in 2014.

Settled a handy fourth, with Contentment inside and clear ground outide him, Maurice tracked  the pace-setting Beauty Flame and close attendant Rewarding Hero, then eased three wide on the turn for home as the front pair began to toil.

With Beauty Flame mining his last reserves at the 300-metre point, Moreira shook the reins and Maurice responded with alacrity, and within fifty metres Japan’s hero had sealed the result.  He cut out the final 400 metres in a searing 21.79 to score in a time of  1:34.08.

Watch Maurice win the Hong Kong Champions Mile G1.

Moreira said, “He was lucky to get such a good position in the race, which gave me plenty of options to put him out whenever I wanted.

“He gave me so much confidence that he was going to get there any time that I was going to press the button. When I gave him the daylight he just started to get going by himself and showed what he is capable of. He’s a lovely horse and I think he can step up to a longer distance. I’m very blessed to have been given an opportunity to ride this horse today.”

Maurice magnificent in Hong Kong Cup

Japanese superstar Maurice rolled to a dramatic victory in the $HK25 million (~$A4.2 million)Longines Hong Kong Cup G1, capping a day that saw Japan and Hong Kong sweep the honours on the Sha Tin turf.

Watch Maurice win the Hong Kong Cup G1.

Maurice, a 5YO son of Screen Hero, got off to an awkward start in the Cup under jockey Ryan Moore and was third-last as the field entered the first turn. A Shin Hikari, who won last year’s Cup from the front, was out and sprinting for jockey Yutaka Take.
 
As the field hit the sweeping final turn, A Shin Hikari was seven lengths in front of the field, while Maurice was 20 lengths behind. But as the long stretch loomed, A Shin Hikari shortened stride as Maurice powered up to his magnificent best.
 
Moore came along the inside, right behind the tiring leader, swung to his outside and quickly finalised the result, winning by three lengths in 2:00.95, with Secret Weapon second and Staphanos third.
 
“That was fun,” said Moore, “When we found room to run, he just let down.”

The race was the last in Maurice’s spectacular 11-win, $12 million career for his owner Mrs Kazumi Yoshida and, as only the second horse from Japan to win three offshore Group One races, he retires as one of his country’s greatest-ever racehorses.

Maurice joins the Arrowfield roster

Arrowfield Stud is proud to announce that international champion and six-time Group 1 winner Maurice will shuttle to Arrowfield from the 2017 southern hemisphere breeding season onwards.

Owned by Mrs Kazumi Yoshida, Maurice was named Japan’s 2015 Horse of the Year, Champion Sprinter & Champion Miler. He was also honoured with a Special JRA Award for his 2016 victories in the Tokyo Tenno Sho G1, Hong Kong Champions Mile G1 & his sensational swansong, the Longines Hong Kong Cup G1 at Sha Tin in December.

Mrs Yoshida’s husband, renowned international owner and breeder Katsumi Yoshida, has given Maurice the best possible endorsement by sending him two-time Horse of the Year and 7-time Group 1 winner Gentildonna (by Deep Impact). He says, “She is the best mare I own, she will be covered by Maurice.”

Champion jockey Joao Moreira, who rode Maurice to win the 2016 Hong Kong Champions Mile G1, says, “He is a beautiful horse. He’s got a great body, he has strength and he moves like a real champion horse. He is undoubtedly right up there with the best I have ridden.”

Two-time Longines World Champion jockey Ryan Moore, who piloted Maurice to victory twice in Hong Kong, as well as in the 2015 Kyoto Mile Championship G1 and 2016 Tokyo Tenno Sho G1, spoke about what made him exceptional during a retirement celebration held at Nakayama on 15 January.

“He was just an outstanding looking horse. He has a fantastic mind, he always wanted to win. He put everything into his races. He was really powerful, travelled wherever you wanted him to and he had a fantastic turn of foot.”

The jockeys and trainers of his defeated rivals also enthused about Maurice, who was unbeaten in three Hong Kong Group 1 appearances.

Leading Australian and Hong Kong Jockey Brett Prebble described Maurice simply, “A machine.”

Champion Hong Kong trainer John Moore told visiting Japanese media, “He’s a great specimen of a horse and a tremendous racehorse… I wouldn’t hesitate to send a mare to him. I hope you’ve got yourselves another Deep Impact.”

South China Morning Post racing journalist Michael Cox wrote, “The horse that looks indestructible and races accordingly.”

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “Nobody could fail to be impressed by Maurice’s extraordinary performances at the highest level. We are privileged to have the opportunity to stand the Yoshidas’ charismatic superstar whose physique, 1600-metre dominance and Danehill-free status make him a wonderful addition to our roster.”

Maurice retires with a record of 11 wins, six at Group 1 level, including four at 1600 metres, and prizemoney exceeding A$12 million. On the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings he has been awarded a figure of 127, placing him fifth overall, and third on turf in the world.

Maurice (Screen Hero-Mejiro Frances) will stand at Arrowfield this year at a fee of $A33,000 inc GST alongside dual Group 1 winner Real Impact, bred by the Yoshida family. Maurice is fully booked for his first northern hemisphere season in 2017 at Shadai Stallion Station.

For more information about Maurice please visit: www.arrowfield.com.au/horses/maurice-jpn.html

Three new stallions for Arrowfield

Arrowfield Stud has today announced the three exciting new stallions joining its 2016 Roster:  the multiple Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Real Impact, and Scissor Kick & Panzer Division, both Group-winning sons of Redoute’s Choice.

John Messara, Arrowfield’s Chairman, says, “These additions to the Arrowfield roster reflect our twin strategies of sourcing effective international outcrosses for Australian breeders while still pursuing the strongest branches of the Danehill sire-line.

“We are delighted to secure a top-drawer son of Japan’s dominant sire Deep Impact that has demonstrated his racing class in Australian conditions, against our best milers. Scissor Kick and Panzer Division offer all the physical, genetic and racing attributes required to build the Redoute’s Choice legacy, alongside Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, and to fill the gap left by Beneteau.”

REAL IMPACT (Deep Impact -Tokio Reality by Meadowlake)
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Real Impact, by the great Deep Impact, was already established as one of Japan’s best milers before coming to Australia last season to contest The Championships. His two Australian starts yielded a tremendous first-up win in the Group 1 ATC George Ryder Stakes defeating Criterion. He was then a brave, but luckless second in the Group 1 ATC Doncaster starting from Barrier 18 and giving 4kg to the winner Kermadec. 

Real Impact displayed his ability early in the world breeding and racing powerhouse of Japan.  From three starts at two, he won sensationally on debut and was twice second in Group 1 and Group 2 company – beaten only by Japan’s Champion 2YO Colt Grand Prix Boss. At just his sixth race start he won the Group 1 Tokyo Yasuda Kinen over 1600 metres in a staggering 1:32 flat, the first 3YO ever to win the race, rated among the World’s Best Group One Races.

Awarded a Timeform rating of 124, Real Impact retired to stud with five wins, five placings and $5.6 million prizemoney and is currently serving his first book of mares at Shadai Stallion Station.

SCISSOR KICK (Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass by Quest For Fame)
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Scissor Kick was an impressive juvenile winner before establishing himself among Australia’s best colts in a stellar 3YO season. In the Spring he won the ATC Rosebud H. 1200m LR, then defeated Panzer Division and Shooting To Win in the ATC Up and Coming S. 1300m G3.  At his next start he was a narrow and game second to Hallowed Crown in the Group 1 Golden Rose over 1400m after a torrid four-wide trip, and again defeating Shooting To Win.

Scissor Kick’s Autumn 3YO campaign began with success in the ATC Eskimo Prince S. 1200mG3, beating subsequent Group 1 winners Delectation and Kermadec. After a brief let-up due to a virus, he then joined Dissident, Wandjina & Chautauqua to complete the top four, with Group 1 winners Terravista and Lucky Hussler among the beaten brigade, in the ATC All Aged S. G1, rated Australia’s best 1400-metre race over the past three years.
 
As an exceptionally handsome and very fast son of dominant sire of sires Redoute’s Choice (Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Stratum, Beneteau, etc), Scissor Kick is a desirable asset for any stallion roster.  However, he significantly also hails from the sire-producing female family of Danehill’s leading European son Dansili, the sire of over 100 stakeswinners and 19 Group 1 winners.

PANZER DIVISION (Redoute’s Choice-Desert Fight by Hussonet)
Click here for Panzer Division’s web page.
Panzer Division progressed from an impressive debut 2YO win to Group 3 success over 1400m at Randwick as a Spring 3YO defeating Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win.  At only his fourth career start he was fifth in the weight-for-age ATC George Main S. 1600m G1 to Sacred Falls and Royal Descent.

That performance earned him a Timeform rating of 120 and his Autumn prospects looked bright, but injury forced an end to his career.  He nonetheless defeated the likes of Group 1 winners Boban, Lucia Valentina and Delectation in a career that spanned just seven starts.

Trainer Paul Messara says, “Panzer Division is close to the perfect thoroughbred horse on conformation and presence, he’s a stunning individual.   He also had a huge amount of ability and we had high aspirations for him, but his career was cut short by injury in the Hobartville Stakes.”

Panzer Division is out of dual Group 1 winner Desert Fight, Champion 2YO Filly in Chile, by champion sire Hussonet, also a leading broodmare sire of Blue Diamond G1 winner Extreme Choice (by Not A Single Doubt) and champion filly Majmu (by Redoute’s Choice).

The 2016 service fees for the Arrowfield roster, including Real Impact, Scissor Kick & Panzer Division, will be announced on Monday 11 April.  For more information please contact Jon Freyer, Andy Williams or Peter Jenkins.