While Real Impact was impressing breeders at Arrowfield Stud’s stallion parades, his three-quarter brother Neorealism was busy defeating Japanese champion Maurice in Sunday’s G2 Sapporo Kinen (2000m).
Neorealism (by Champion Sunday Silence 3yo Neo Universe) had previously won 5 of his 11 starts and earned black type status in February when third in the G3 Kokura Daishoten (1800m). The 5yo chestnut entire was having his second start this campaign while Maurice, Japan’s 2015 Horse of the Year and this year’s G1 Hong Kong Champions Mile winner, was resuming after a summer break.
Neorealism began well, went straight to the front, and maintained a steady tempo until the home straight where he kicked clear to score by two lengths from Maurice in 2:01.07s. “He went to the front and set a relaxed pace,” winning jockey Christophe Lemaire said. “I’m sure he has the potential to win a Grade 1.
Maurice currently holds an IFHA rating of 124, fifth-equal on the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.
Like Real Impact, Neorealism was bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and is trained by Noriyuki Hori for U Carrot Farm. Their dam Tokio Reality (Meadowlake) has built a formidable record as the dam of 8 winners, including a third stakes-winning colt I’ll Love Again (by Kingmambo’s Japan Cup-winning son El Condor Pasa).
Now 22, Tokio Reality’s latest matings have all been with sons and grandsons of Sunday Silence. Her 4yo son Realista (Stay Gold) has won 4 races in Japan), her 2yo filly Veritable (Danon Chantilly) is unraced and she also has a yearling filly by Zenno Rob Roy.
Real Impact (Deep Impact) won the world-class G1 George Ryder Stakes in Sydney and G1 Yasuda Kinen (1600m) in Tokyo.
He is among the 25 Group 1 winners from the first seven crops of Deep Impact who is heading towards his fifth Japanese sires’ premiership with current prizemoney of ¥4,534 million – well ahead of his nearest rival King Kamehameha (¥3,021 million).