For good reason, Deep Impact has been described as the Japanese equivalent of Galileo. The 2005 Japanese Triple Crown winner is heading for a seventh straight sires’ championship in 2018, while Galileo has secured his tenth championship in 11 years. Both of them are well on their way to matching their equally extraordinary sires, Sunday Silence and Sadler’s Wells, both of whom notched up 14 sires’ championships. The combination of Deep Impact and Galileo clearly has the potential to be something special and Galileo mares have already produced 21% Group/Graded winners to Deep Impact. Its star representative is the classic-winning Saxon Warrior, a colt whose dam Maybe represents the exceptional Galileo-Danehill cross responsible for Frankel, Teofilo, Intello and numerous other Gr.1 winners.
Unbeaten in three starts as a 2yo, Saxon Warrior landed the Gr.2 Beresford Stakes before his victory over Roaring Lion in the Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy. Saxon Warrior extended his winning sequence to four when he defeated the likes of Masar and Roaring Lion in the 2,000 Guineas. Although all his wins were gained over a mile, Saxon Warrior went on feature in several top middle-distance races, notably finishing a close third in the Irish Derby and a neck second in both the Coral-Eclipse and the Irish Champion Stakes. In winning the 2,000 Guineas, Saxon Warrior became Deep Impact’s sixth classic winner over a mile, following Beauty Parlour (French 1,000 Guineas) and Marcellina, Gentildonna, Ayusan and Harp Star (Japanese 1,000 Guineas).
Deep Impact has enjoyed tremendous success with daughters of STORM CAT, with this partnership producing seven Gr.1 winners, including the Prix du Jockey-Club winner Study of Man. He also sired the French classic winner Beauty Parlour from a mare by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. This suggests that Saxon Warrior will shine with mares by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, SHAMARDAL, FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND and LOPE DE VEGA. Daughters of SCAT DADDY should be ideal.
Sadler’s Wells and Danehill will be back in the fourth generation of Saxon Warrior’s progeny, so he has plenty of scope with both these dominant sire lines. Mares by the many successful stallion sons of DANEHILL create only 4x3 to Danehill and daughters of such as CHOISIR, MASTERCRAFTSMAN, ZOFFANY and EXCELEBRATION produce only 4x4. DANEHILL DANCER sired the Oaks winner Dancing Rain from Saxon Warrior’s family. DEEP IMPACT has Gr.1 winners out of daughters of Danehill and ROCK OF GIBRALTAR .
Similarly, daughters of Sadler’s Wells’ noted stallion sons, such as MONTJEU, HIGH CHAPARRAL , BARATHEA and IN THE WINGS, create 4x3. Grandsons of Sadler’s Wells, such as CAMELOT, MOTIVATOR and AUTHORIZED, create only 4x4.
The broodmares sires of Deep Impact’s Gr.1 winners include Sadler’s Wells’ brother FAIRY KING and Fairy King’s sons FALBRAV and HELISSIO. Sadler’s Wells’ three-parts-brother NUREYEV sired the second dams of four of Deep Impact’s Gr.1 scorers. The PIVOTAL branch of the Nureyev line offers speed. Mares by SIYOUNI also produce 4x4 to Danehill.
Deep Impact has Gr.1 winners out of several DANZIG line mares, including daughters of BERTOLINI and ORPEN, and he has a Gr.3 French winner with a dam by ANABAA. Saxon Warrior can be expected to do well with the GREEN DESERT branch, through INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, OASIS DREAM, SHOWCASING and CAPE CROSS. Daughters of SEA THE STARS create 4x3 to Urban Sea.
Deep Impact owes quite a lot of his success to mares from the MR PROSPECTOR line, siring Gr.1 winners from daughters of LYCIUS (2), MACHIAVELLIAN (2), KING KAMEHAMEHA, EL CONDOR PASA and ELUSIVE QUALITY. Saxon Warrior’s options include daughters of RAVEN’S PASS, ZAFONIC, ZAMINDAR, IFFRAAJ, NAYEF, STREET CRY, MEDICEAN, DUTCH ART and DUBAWI.
Daughters of ACCLAMATION and DARK ANGEL are likely to reinforce Saxon Warrior’s juvenile ability.