Japan's champion sire Deep Impact (Jpn) (Sunday Silence) was responsible for six of the 17 runners, including the top four betting choices, in Sunday's G1 Mile Championship, and while the Shadai resident didn't disappoint, siring the first two home, it was one of his less-fancied runners, Danon Shark (Jpn) (Deep Impact), who earned the spoils.
Racing one path off the fence in the second half of the field, Danon Shark gradually improved his position rounding the turn, and was within about three lengths of the lead at the top of the lane. Driving through an opening on the rail to the inside of third choice Fiero (Jpn) (Deep Impact), Danon Shark had to call on all his reserves to best that rival in a head bobber and earn his first Group 1 win ahead of Fiero and Grandezza (Jpn) (Agnes Tachyon). The final time of 1:31.50 was a new stakes record.
"I was instructed to keep him covered in midfield early, and he settled nicely," said winning rider Yasunari Iwata. "There was just enough room for us to squeeze through on the inside in midstretch, and he responded with a really good turn of foot. I am glad that I was able to contribute to his long-awaited and well-deserved Group 1 win."
Danon Shark's third dam produced Floripedes (Fr) (Top Ville), the dam of dual Classic and G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero and champion sire Montjeu (Ire) (Sadler's Wells).