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Tosen Stardom Highlights Deep Impact Case
The outstanding performance by top weight Tosen Stardom in Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield has strengthened the case for backing the Deep Impact sire-line in Australia. Arrowfield stands the only two Group 1-winning sons of Deep Impact available to breeders outside Japan, namely Real Impact, whose first Australian foals are arriving this Spring, and Japan's 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle, serving his first book of Australian mares. Bred and still part-owned by Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Racing, Tosen Stardom is Deep Impact's second Group 1 winner from only three Australian runners. The pioneer was Real Impact who competed at The Championships in 2015 winning the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes and finishing a close second in the Gr1 Doncaster. Deep Impact's superstar status in Japan is well-established, but his international record, from around 30 runners outside Japan, is equally imposing. Seven of them are Group 1 winners: Gentildonna (Dubai), A Shin Hikari (France & Hong Kong), Beauty Parlour (France), Real Steel & Vivlos (Dubai), as well as Real Impact and Tosen Stardom. Deep Impact is well on the way to securing his sixth Japanese Sires' premiership with 18 stakes winners and almost $A53 million prize money. Echoing Snitzel's category dominance in Australia last season, Deep Impact is also heading the 2YO and 3YO Sires' tables.