Deep Impact’s Akihiro Back With a Win at Saint-Cloud

2017-09-13th at SCD, Lst Stk, 55000Listed Prix Turenne (12f)Winner: Akihiro (Jpn), c, 3 by Deep Impact (Jpn)

Akihiro (r) | Scoop Dyga

By Tom Frary

Considered a live Classic prospect after his success in the G3 Prix des Chenes at Chantilly in September, Akihiro returned to be runner-up as the 2-5 favourite for the 10 1/2-furlong G3 Prix Noailles at that track Apr. 16 before finishing third in the G2 Prix Greffulhe over a mile and a quarter here May 8. Rested since, the bay was settled with one behind early and after his pacemaker Galikeo (GB) (Dansili {GB}) had cerved out the necessary fractions moved through to lead a furlong out. Tackled soon after by the G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin fifth Instigator, the homebred held on to return to the winner’s spot ahead of his autumn campaign.

Baahama, who won the Listed Prix Charles Laffitte and was second in the G3 Prix d’Aumale, also has an as-yet unraced 2-year-old filly by Deep Impact (Jpn) named Bartaba (Fr), a yearling colt by Motivator (GB) named Malabata (GB) and a filly foal by Frankel (GB). She is a half to the G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis runner-up Opposite (Ire) (Dansili {GB}) and their dam Silver Rain is a half to the G2 Prix de Malleret scorer Silver Fun (Saumarez {GB}). The fourth dam is the revered G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-winning champion Gold River (Fr) (Riverman), responsible for the Classic-placed sire Goldneyev and G1 Prix Saint-Alary winner Riviere d’Or (Lyphard) who in turn is the dam of the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac and G1 Coronation S. heroine Gold Splash (Blushing Groom {Fr}).

PRIX TURENNE-Listed, €55,000, SCD, 9-13, 3yo, 12fT, 2:45.21, vs.
1–AKIHIRO (JPN), 125, c, 3, by Deep Impact (Jpn)
1st Dam: Baahama (Ire) (SW & GSP-Fr, $123,775), by Anabaa
2nd Dam: Silver Rain (Fr), by Rainbow Quest
3rd Dam: Riviere d’Argent, by Nijinsky II
O/B-Wertheimer et Frere (JPN); T-Andre Fabre; J-Maxime Guyon. €27,500. Lifetime Record: GSW-Fr, 5-3-1-1, €109,650.
2–Instigator (Ger), 126, c, 3, Nayef–Imagery (Ger), by Monsun (Ger). O-Stall Ullmann. €11,000.
3–Londres, 126, c, 3, Sea the Stars (Ire)–Shawara (Ire), by Barathea (Ire). (650,000gns Ylg ’15 TAOCT). O-D Smith, M Tabor, M J Jooste & Mrs J Magnier. €8,250.
Margins: HD, 1 1/4, 3. Odds: 1.90, 5.50, 4.30.
Also Ran: Inverloch (Ire), Parabellum (Ire), Galikeo (GB). Scratched: Tres Belle (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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