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161 for Deep Impact

Salacia (5 m ex Salomina by Lomitas) provided Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) with his 161st individual stakes winner when taking out the Fuchu Himba Stakes (Gr 2, 1800m) at Tokyo yesterday. The Manabu Ikezoe-trained mare impressively defeated Shadow Diva (Heart’s Cry) by three lengths, with Something Just (Victoire Pisa) a further one and a quarter lengths behind in third. Deep Impact, a seven time Grade 1 winner in Japan during his career and subsequently multiple champion Japanese sire, sadly died last year having stood at Shadai Stallion Station. 

JPN: Daring Tact first undefeated Triple Tiara winner

Daring Tact (3 f Epiphaneia – Daring Bird by King Kamehameha) became the first undefeated winner of the Japanese Fillies’ Triple Crown when landing the Shuka Sho (Gr 1, 2000m) at Kyoto yesterday. The Haruki Sugiyama-trained three-year-old extended her record to five from five to achieve the feat, with other recent Fillies’ Triple Crown winners including Almond Eye (Lord Kanaloa) and Gentildonna (Deep Impact). Daring Tact followed up victories in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1,000 Guineas) (Gr 1, 1600m) and Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (Gr 1, 2400m) and stayed on best to defeat Magic Castle (Deep Impact) under Kohei Matsuyama by a length and a quarter. Matsuyama said: “There was some pressure as we were aiming for her to become the first undefeated Triple Crown filly in Japanese racing history but I’m delighted to be able to accomplish this remarkable feat. She seemed a bit nervous in the paddock but she broke well and we were able to race in a good position and in good rhythm. She has developed into a bold filly and I hope she will remain undefeated.”