Fresh off supplying impressive recent G1 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes winner Profondo, legendary Japanese sire Deep Impact came up with a 53rd posthumous G1 winner on Sunday.
The Deep Impact sired Akaitorino Musume provided her sire with more top-level success when she captured Sunday’s G1 Shuka Sho (2000m) at Hanshin on Sunday.
Trained by Sakae Kunieda and ridden by Keita Tosaki, the three-year-old filly beat dual Group 3 winner Fine Rouge by half a length in the ten-furlong contest on turf, with Group 2 winner Andvaranaut the same distance further back in third.
Starting fourth favourite here, Akaitorino Musume was settled in sixth position but hit tear gear rounding the home turn and was in front with half a furlong to run. This year’s Japanese 1,000 Guineas winner Sodashi started odds-on in the field of 16 and there may have been an excuse for her rather laboured performance.
Akaitorino Musume’s outstanding sire Deep Impact has had another outstanding year in 2021. The now deceased Japanese legend is also responsible for 16 length G1 Cazoo Oaks winner Snowfall and the above mentioned Profondo this year, while Deep Impact’s French classic winning daughter Beauty Parlour is the dam of recent G1 First Lady Stakes winner Blowout.
Mauritzfontein is home to the only son of Deep Impact at stud in South Africa in the form of Danon Platina.
The latter, Japan’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2014, will be represented by his first yearlings in 2022. Watch this space!