Champion sire Deep Impact dominated the G1 Japanese Derby in Tokyo on Sunday with three of the first four home behind the winner Deep Brillante.
Deep Brillante (3c Deep Impact – Love and Bubbles by Loup Sauvage) overhauled tearaway leaders Zelos and Tosen Homareboshi and then held firm to deny quick-closer Fenomeno (Stay Gold) by a nose.
Tosen Homareboshi (Deep Impact) held on for third ahead of World Ace (Deep Impact). There were another four Deep Impacts colts among the beaten division.
Deep Brillante had been placed in the G1 Japanese 2000 Guineas at Nakayama in April and he secured an ideal tracking spot in the Derby under Yasunari Iwata. The veteran hoop landed the 2006 Melbourne Cup on Delta Blues.
The Derby came a week after Deep Impact filly Gentildonna completed the Japanese 1000 Guineas – Oaks double. The Shadai Station champion also sired Beauty Parlour to a G1 victory in the French 1000 Guineas on May 13.
Deep Impact’s oldest are four year-olds and he has already sired 6 Group 1 winners. He has sired 10 individual stakes winners so far this year. A son of Sunday Silence, he stands for a AUD 128,400 service fee at Shadai Stallion Station.
Deep Brillante was purchased by Northern Farm for AUD 400,000 out of the Paca Paca Farm consignment at the 2009 JRHA Select Sale in Japan. His dam Love And Bubbles won the G3 Prix Chloe at Chantilly in 2004.
Love And Bubbles has a yearling brother and a weanling sister to the Derby winner catalogued for the upcoming JRHA Select Sale.