Champion Japan sire Deep Impact dies

One of the world's top sires Deep Impact has died at 17. Photo: JBIS

Prolific stallion DEEP IMPACT has died, aged 17.

The Japan super star had to be euthanised after it was found he was unable to stand due to a cervical fracture.

DEEP IMPACT stamped himself one of the world’s leading sires after years of yielding an endless list of top horses, including five Japan Derby winners, such as: GENTILDONNA, A SHIN HIKARI, AL AIN, SAXON WARRIOR, MIKKI ISLE, DANON PREMIUM, REAL STEEL, to name but a few.

DEEP IMPACT stood at Shadai Stallion Station at a service fee of approximately $AUD490,000 in 2019.  The super-sire was side-lined from breeding earlier in the year after suffering from neck pain.

WINX’S mum, VEGAS SHOWGIRL, is currently in foal to DEEP IMPACT, the third of owner John Camilleri’s broodmares sent to DEEP IMPACT last year along with A TIME FOR JULIA and PERON.

Camilleri has in the past had a policy of keeping the offspring if the foals are fillies, while colts make their way to the sales ring.