The sire of Novara Park's Staphanos has died.
The Japanese star had to be euthanised after it was found he was unable to stand due to a cervical fracture found by X-ray early on Tuesday morning.
A seven-time Group I winner, Deep Impact was a champion both on and off the track.
Deep Impact won 12 of his 14 career starts, including the highly coveted Japan Cup in 2006.
He was twice a winner of the Japanese Horse Of The Year (2005-2006) and was inducted into the Japan Racing Association Hall Of Fame in 2008.
Deep Impact was retired to stud in 2007 and quickly built a reputation as one of the world’s leading sires.
Deep Impact stood at Shadai Stallion Station and had an approx. service fee of NZ$550,000 in 2019.
Staphanos presents a unique opportunity to New Zealand breeders to access world class bloodlines.