Gibeon Shocks Kinko Sho at 226-1

Deep Impact | Kelsey Riley

The G2 Kinko Sho was supposed to be 2020 Japanese Fillies' Triple Crown winner and heavy favourite Daring Tact (Jpn) (Epiphaneia {Jpn})'s coming out party, but she had to settle for second behind 226-1 Deep Impact (Jpn) horse Gibeon (Jpn).

Able to set off on an uncontested lead, the 6-year-old entire was shadowed by Satono Flag (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) just off his right flank. He dawdled through a half-mile in :49.50 and six furlongs in 1:13.10. Still going easily with four furlongs to go, he caught the more fancied runners sleeping and held on to win by a neck as Daring Tact just missed on the wire. Potager (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) was a half-length back in third, a nose to the good of Hong Kong Group 1 winner Glory Vase (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in fourth.

The first and third across the wire are both out of mares sourced at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale-Contested was knocked down for $2.3 million in 2012, and Ginger Punch, the dam of Potager, was purchased for $1.6 million in 2009.

Both winless and off the board since winning the G3 Chunichi Shimbun Hai in December of 2018 two starts after a second in the G1 NKH Mile Cup in May of that year, Gibeon was most recently fifth in the Listed Shirafuji S. at Tokyo in his 6-year-old bow on Jan. 30.

Pedigree Notes

One of 170 black-type winners and 135 group winners for his late sire, Gibeon was bred by Shadai Farm and races in the colours of Shadai Race Horse.
The most decorated of GI Acorn S. and GI Test S. heroine Contested's six foals, Gibeon is also one of four winners. Contested has a Deep Impact 2-year-old colt, and she was covered by Isla Bonita (Jpn) and Lord Kanaloa (Jpn) for 2020 and 2021, respectively. Contested is a full-sister to MSW and GII Highlander S. runner-up Mosler (War Front). Under the third dam is GI King's Bishop S. and GI Forego S. hero and sire Pomeroy (Boundary).

Sunday, Chukyo, Japan
KINKO SHO-G2, ¥128,700,000, Chukyo, 3-14, 4yo/up, 2000mT, 2:01.80, sf.
1–GIBEON (JPN), 123, h, 6, Deep Impact (Jpn)
                1st Dam: Contested (MGISW-US, $633,754),
                                by Ghostzapper
                2nd Dam: Gold Vault, by Arch
                3rd Dam: Questress, by Seeking the Gold
O-Shadai Race Horse; B-Shadai Farm (Jpn); T-Hideaki Fujiwara;
J-Atsuya Nishimura. ¥67,700,000. Lifetime Record: G1SP-Jpn,
18-4-2-0. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk
   Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*.
2–Daring Tact (Jpn), 121, f, 4, Epiphaneia (Jpn)–Daring Bird
(Jpn), by King Kamehameha (Jpn). (¥12,000,000 Ylg '18
JRHAJUL). O-Normandy Thoroughbred Racing; B-Hasegawa
Farm (Jpn); ¥27,200,000.
3–Potager (Jpn), 123, c, 4, Deep Impact (Jpn)–Ginger Punch,
by Awesome Again. (¥190,000,000 yrl '18 JRHAJUL) O-Makoto
Kaneko Holdings; B-Northern Farm (Jpn); ¥17,100,000.
Margins: NK, HF, NO. Odds: 226.30, 0.40, 18.80.
Also Ran: Glory Vase (Jpn), Kiseki (Jpn), Sanrei Pocket (Jpn), Satono Flag (Jpn), Persian Knight (Jpn), Jinambo (Jpn), Bravas (Jpn).
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