Leading Japanese stallion Deep Impact has passed away after suffering a cervical fracture.
The sire of 39 individual Group One winners stood at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan.
Deep Impact was crowned Horse of the Year in Japan in 2005 and 2006 and recorded two Group One victories on the track, including the Japan Cup (2400m) and Takarazuka Kinen (2200m).
Deep Impact is the sire of Rich Hill Stud stallion Satono Aladdin, who served 91 mares in his debut season at stud in New Zealand.
He is also the sire of Novara Park Stud’s new stallion Staphanos, who will be available to breeders in the upcoming season for a fee of $7,000+GST.