For good reason, Deep Impact has been described as the Japanese equivalent of Galileo. The 2005 Japanese Triple Crown winner is heading for a ninth straight sires’ championship in 2020, while Galileo has secured his 12th championship in 13 years. Their equally extraordinary sires, Sunday Silence and Sadler’s Wells, both notched up 14 sires’ championships. The combination of Deep Impact and Galileo clearly has the potential to be something special.
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, Japan, Highland Reel and numerous other Gr.1 winners.
Unbeaten as a 2yo, Saxon Warrior landed the Gr.2 Beresford Stakes before his victory over Roaring Lion in the Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy. He 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 Eclipse and the Irish Champion Stakes.
Deep Impact has enjoyed tremendous success with daughters of STORM CAT, with this partnership producing eight Gr.1 winners, including the Prix du Jockey-Club winner Study of Man and the 2019 Japanese Oaks winner Loves Only You. 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 and ZOFFANY 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 4x4. The broodmares sires of Deep Impact’s Gr.1 winners include SADLER’S WELLS (2020 Prix de Diane winner Fancy Blue), Sadler’s Wells’ full-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.
Deep Impact has Gr.1 winners out of several DANZIG line mares, including daughters of BERTOLINI, LIBRETTIST 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, including siring Gr.1 winners from daughters of LYCIUS (2), MACHIAVELLIAN (2), KING KAMEHAMEHA, EL CONDOR PASA, ELUSIVE QUALITY, SMARTY JONES (2) and UNBRIDLED’S SONG (2, including the outstanding 2020 3yo Contrail). Saxon Warrior’s options include daughters of RAVEN’S PASS, ZAFONIC, ZAMINDAR, IFFRAAJ, KING’S BEST, NAYEF, STREET CRY, MEDICEAN, DUTCH ART and DUBAWI.
The black-type winners by Deep Impact’s stallion sons include several inbred 4x4 to HALO and others are inbred 3x3 or 3x4 to Halo’s son SUNDAY SILENCE.