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Today I would like to write about the connection between Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Deep Impact.
Infection with the new corona virus has become a major problem all over the world, and horse racing has been forced to be canceled.
Fortunately, Japan has been able to hold races without spectators.
Horse racing is still continuing as planned due to the hard work of the people involved.
Royal Ascot, hosted by the British royal family, has also been decided to be held without spectators to prevent the spread of the infection.
The schedule will be from June 16th to 20th, 2020, changing the order of the races from previous years.
Since there are no spectators this year, we may not be able to see Royal Procession that Her Majesty arrives in the racecourse riding in the carriage.
I know everyone is always looking forward to seeing the scene.
Even if there are no audience, everyone will watch the races on TV, so I wonder if royal family members can enter by carriage as usual.
The British royal family has been closely associated with horse racing for generations and owns the Ascot Racecourse.
An event called “Royal Ascot” is held every year at the racecourse, sponsored by the royal family.
The other day, a photo of the Queen, who turned 94 this year, was released.
Her Majesty is enjoying horse riding in the photo.
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The Queen loves horse racing and owns her own racehorses.
There is also a surprising connection with Deep Impact, which was a racehorse and stallion in Japan.
In this article, I would like to share with you an episode of the Queen and Deep Impact.
The relationship between the Queen and Deep Impact
I have already written that the Queen owns racehorses.
Kyo Akiyama has written an article on the JRA-VAN website about Her Majesty the Queen.
The Queen owned Highclere, the great grand dam of Deep Impact.
Highclere was a famous mare who won the British 1000 Guineas and the French Oaks in 1974.
I heard horses in the pedigree of his dam had been owned by the royal family for generations, even before Highclere.
Highclere’s second child, Burghclere, is his granddam.
Burghclere lived in the Barrownstown Stud as a broodmare, which has close ties to Coolmore, one of the world’s leading thoroughbred business groups.
She gave birth to the dam of Deep Impact, Wind in Her Hair.
I don’t know if the Queen is still doing so after turning 94 years old.
But, until a few years ago she was checking information about horse racing by reading Racing Post, a famous British horse racing daily at breakfast.
Green Channel, a Japanese TV station specialized in horse racing broadcasted the Prince of Wales Stakes of Royal Ascot in June 2015.
Spielberg, a son of Deep Impact ran in the race then.
At that time, Naohiro Goda, who explained the race, said that the Queen was very familiar with horse racing and was collecting information.
When Her Majesty met people involved in horse racing in Japan, they seemed to be asked how Deep Impact was doing.
I think the Queen was pleased at his great success.
He was a horse who came out of the pedigree that was originally owned by the royal family for generations.
When his children achieved good results in Europe, the Queen sent her mare, Diploma to Japan.
She visited Deep Impact for two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018.
Diploma gave birth to a filly in Japan in 2018 and then returned to England to deliver a colt in 2019.
When Diploma was sent to Japan, the Queen sent a letter to Shadai Stallion Station, where Deep Impact was standing in.
Addendum: After writing this article, I found an interview article on a site called J-horseman.
The page carries an interview with Mr. John McCormack.
He is a horse trader who was an agent for the sale of Wind In Her Hair, the dam of Deep Impact.
Deep Impact is from a family the Queen owned.
So, after he won the Japanese Derby, Mr. McCormack said to the racing manager of the Queen,
“Why don’t you ask Her Majesty to write a letter to Katsumi-san (Mr. Katsumi Yoshida, the representative of Northern Farm)?”
Then, the Queen really wrote a letter to him.
Mr. McCormack said,
“I think the Queen was happy that a descendant of the family owned by the royal family succeeded.”
I think so, too.
That means that Shadai Group has received letters from the Queen multiple times.
The letters will not be published because it is rude to Her Majesty, but I would like to see them.
Diploma also appeared in a special program of Deep Impact broadcasted by NHK Hokkaido in March 2019.
It was before he departed this world.
As of April 2021, you can read the article of the program “Pedigree of Deep Impact that the World Wants” on the NHK website.
It is on the page of NHK Sapporo Broadcasting Station.
The article contains her photo.
In addition, a comment by Mr. Naohiro Hosoda, who is in charge of overseas negotiations at Shadai Corporation, is introduced.
“There was a request from Her Majesty the Queen. It’s an honor for us.
It’s really meaningful to be recognized
because horse racing was originally a sport and game started by royal aristocrats.”
By the way, the following DVD produced by Fuji TV contains videos of races Deep Impact ran in.
The product also has a bonus video that covered his dam.
This is a summary of how actor Naoto Ogata went to England and Ireland for coverage before Deep Impact ran in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
At the Barrownstown Stud in Ireland, he heard from the owner about Wind in Her Hair, his dam.
The owner told stories about when she was born and when she returned to the stud as a broodmare.
The interview is interesting.
The interviewer asked about how his dam left there after giving birth to her first filly and the owner’s impression of Deep Impact.
In England, Mr. Ogata talked to Trainer Hills who managed Wind in Her Hair when she was a racehorse.
He said that she was a filly with a strong desire to run, and always went from behind and displayed an outstanding finishing kick.
It was interesting because there was something in common with characteristics of Deep Impact.
Wind in Her Hair is also famous as a horse that won a G1 race during her pregnancy.
The video touches on the circumstances around that.
It was impressive that the trainer admired Deep Impact when he saw the video of the Tenno Sho Spring.
If you look at that race, I understand everyone will be like that …
The Queen and Children of Deep Impact
Photo by Rawisara Prachaksubhanit on Unsplash
Her Majesty attends the British Derby and Royal Ascot every year to watch horse racing.
I’ve always hoped that children of Deep Impact win big races in front of the Queen.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a big race, but in 2017, September, his daughter won the Chesham Stakes (listed race) at Royal Ascot.
Since it was a race of the event, the Queen must have seen it.
Royal family members give trophies to connections at the award ceremonies.
However, unfortunately, the trophy was not given by the Queen since the race was not G1.
Spielberg ran in the Prince of Wales Stakes of Royal Ascot in 2015 and A Shin Hikari, in 2016.
Neither was able to make it to top places.
Saxon Warrior won the British 2000 Guineas in 2018, but I don’t know if the Queen appeared on the racecourse.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t win the the British Derby in front of the Queen.
British racetracks make use of the natural terrain, have height differences and are uneven.
Especially for children of Deep Impact who have traveled from Japan, they may be difficult stages to demonstrate their strength.
They have achieved good results in France, Hong Kong, Dubai and Australia.
But Saxon Warrior has won the 2000 Guineas there, so it can’t be said they can’t win in the U.K.
It would have been difficult for Her Majesty to visit Japan due to her age.
Deep Impact had been also too busy as a stallion. So, he couldn’t go to the U.K. taking a risk.
However, I wanted Her Majesty to meet Deep Impact once.
I hope that his children out of Diploma will succeed.
Even if they can’t run well as racehorses, it would be great if they would be able to extend their bloodline as a broodmare and a stallion.
Added on April 22, 2021
As noted above, Diploma, the broodmare the Queen owns, gave birth to a filly by Deep Impact in 2018.
Named Portfolio, she made her debut last year at the age of two.
She has run in three races so far, finished a second and a third among the three starts.
I would like her to win somehow.
The following is the video of the third race.
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Her full brother, who turned two this year, are named Educator.
He is receiving training for his debut under Trainer William Haggas.