A successful long-standing international partnership will again join forces in 2018 with Rich Hill Stud to stand top-class Japanese miler Satono Aladdin, a son of Shadai Stallion Station's sire sensation Deep Impact, reports NZ Racing Desk. Rich Hill and Shadai first teamed up with champion stallion Pentire and their ongoing association also includes breeding his son Prince Of Penzance, who won the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Campaigned in elite company for the majority of his career, Satono Aladdin won eight races with his career highlight being an outstanding win in Japan's premier mile, the Gr1 Tokyo Yasuda Kinen (1600m). "He had a great turn of foot and his time of 1:31.5 for the 1600m that day was amazing, just 0.2 of a second outside the race record," Rich Hill Stud's John Thompson said. "Satono Aladdin is a magnificent looking horse. His pedigree is also top class. He is by breed-shaping sire Deep Impact out of Magic Storm (Storm Cat), who was a Group Two winner and Group One-placed in America." Satono Aladdin's full-sister Lachesis also won Japan's prestigious Gr1 Kyoto Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2200m). Thompson is naturally excited to be bringing such a well-credentialled son of Deep impact to New Zealand. "The Sunday Silence sire line, especially through his champion son Deep Impact, has become a very sought after international commodity so Satono Aladdin is a major coup for the New Zealand breeding industry," said Thompson. Satono Aladdin will serve a restricted book of mares in 2018 and his first-season service fee will be announced at a later date, along with fellow Rich Hill stallions Jimmy Choux, Proisir, Shocking and Vadamos.
At Tokyo Racecourse in Japan, multiple Champion Sire Deep Impact added yet another Gr1 victory to his incredible stud record when 3YO colt Satono Aladdin (Deep Impact-Magic Storm, by Storm Cat) avenged his fourth in last year's running of the prestigious Yasuda Kinen (1600m) and captured his first Gr1 when storming to a neck victory in the 67th running of the race. The Yasutoshi Ikee-trained galloper defied Gr1 Fururity winner Logotype (Lohengrin-Stereotype, by Sunday Silence) with Red Faix (Swept Overbaord-Vermouth, by Sunday Silence) a further neck back. Satono Aladdin joined an illustrious list of previous Yasuda Kinen luminaries including Vodka, Lord Kanaloa and Maurice (who shuttles to Arrowfield Stud in 2017, see below). Satono Aladdin took his record to 8 wind and 7 placings from 25 starts for ¥ 423,633,000 earnings. Jockey Yuga Kawada commented post race, "I thought he was a horse of great potential since I first rode him last season, and I'm delighted to have proved that today."
James McDonald faces a hectic travel schedule this week with two trips to Hong Kong between engagements in Australia, reports NZ Racing Desk. He will represent New Zealand in the international jockeys' series on Wednesday evening at Happy Valley where his opposition will include Ryan Moore, Hugh Bowman, Maxime Guyon, Silvestre De Souza and Joao Moreira. McDonald will then return to Sydney to ride at Canterbury on Friday night and at Randwick the following day before he returns to Hong Kong to partner Japanese galloper Satono Aladdin in Sunday's Gr1 Hong Kong International Cup.