She Will Reign set for date with Deep Impact

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It has been confirmed by Northern Farm that newly-retired Golden Slipper S winner She Will Reign (Manhattan Rain) will be covered by Japanese star stallion Deep Impact (Jpn) next Northern Hemisphere spring for new owner Katsumi Yoshida.

She Will Reign's racing career was brought to an end this week with veterinary tests revealing she had an inflammation in her lower airway after she was reported to have bled from one nostril during trackwork.

Trainer Gary Portelli revealed that while the setback was far from serious, it was considered in her best interests to retire. Portelli also indicated an anticipated lack of wet tracks, in light of the current drought in New South Wales, had also played a part in the decision.

Her original syndicate owners, managed by Darby Racing, sold her for an undisclosed amount to Mr Yoshida in June, but were given the opportunity to continue to race her for the spring.

Deep Impact has served some of Australia's best-performed mares in recent years, including Mosheen, King's Rose, Alverta, Shamrocker, Alinghi and Miss Finland.

But after her recent return in the G2 Missile S, her 12-start track career, which included wins in both the G1 Golden Slipper and the G1 Moir S, is now over.

She was a $20,000 Inglis Classic yearling purchase who become one of racing's best 'rags to riches' stories, winning over $3.2 million in prizemoney.

A broodmare career in Japan, and a date with Deep Impact, one of the world's leading sires, now awaits her.

She is part of a band of high-quality Australian mares recently brought by Mr Yoshida, who is Japan's biggest owner and breeder. G1 winner Silent Sedition (War Chant {USA}) was brought for $1.5 million at the National Broodmare Sale in May, while Single Gaze (Not a Single Doubt) who remains in work under new trainer Chris Waller, was sold privately.

Gallery: A selection of the high profile mare acquisitions for Northern Farm in 2018

Mr Yoshida's star stallion Deep Impact has served some of Australia's best performed mares in recent years, including Mosheen (Fastnet Rock), King's Rose (Redoute's Choice), Alverta (Flying Spur), Shamrocker (O'Reilly {NZ}), Alinghi (Encosta De Lago) and Miss Finland (Redoute's Choice).

Japanese super sire Deep Impact

Dual Australian G1 winner Tosen Stardom, who is standing at Woodside Park this season, has joined Mikki Isle and Real Impact, (both at Arrowfield), as Deep Impact's only sons at stud in Australia.

In a measure of Deep Impact's value, his only two yearlings to go through the Australian sales ring this year were both sold for over $1 million as the Easter Yearling Sales.