Deep Impact has been described as the Japanese equivalent of Galileo. He is heading for a tenth straight sires’ Championship in 2021, whereas Galileo achieved 12 Championships. Saxon Warrior’s 2YO Gr.1-winning dam Maybe represents the exceptional Galileo-Danehill cross responsible for numerous Gr.1 winners like Frankel and Teofilo. Saxon Warrior landed the Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy and Gr.2 Beresford Stakes at 2. He then 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 to finish 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 no less than nine Gr.1 winners. He also sired the French classic winner Beauty Parlour from a mare by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY.
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. DANEHILL DANCER sired Epsom Oaks winner Dancing Rain from Saxon Warrior’s family and DEEP IMPACT has Group winners out of daughters of REDOUTE’S CHOICE, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, DANSILI, FASTNET ROCK and DANEHILL DANCER. SADLER’S WELLS and his three-parts-brother NUREYEV jointly sired the second dams of 7 of Deep Impact’s Gr.1 scorers.
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 likewise.
His yearling out of an INVINCIBLE SPIRIT mare sold for the equivalent of €1.4m.
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 Triple Crown winner Contrail).
The SWs by Deep Impact’s older stallion sons include several inbred 4x4 to HALO.