Des Ailes retains unbeaten record

Filly becomes 157 for Deep Impact.

Deep Impact.
Deep Impact.

The Yasuo Tomomichi-trained Des Ailes (3 f ex Avenir Certain by Le Havre) became the 157th stakes winner for Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) when she landed the Sweetpea Stakes (Listed, 1800m) in Tokyo. 

Having broken her maiden on debut on her last start, the two-year-old filly pulled clear in the closing stages to beat Smart Lien (Kizuna) by a length and three quarters with another three quarters of a length Akano Nijuichi (Black Tide). 

Bred and raced by Shadai Farm, the filly is the first foal out of dual Group 1-winning Avenir Certain (Le Havre), who landed the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Gr 1, 1600m) and Prix de Diane (Gr 1, 2100m) in 2014. 

Avenir Certain herself is out of winning Group 2 -winning mare Puggy (Mark Of Esteem). 

Further back, this is the family of dual Group 3 winner Blue Monday (Darshaan), Group 2 winner Mehmas (Acclamation) and Listed-winning trio Rugged Cross (Cape Cross), Urban Icon (Cityscape) and Cap Verite (Cape Cross). 

Avenir Certain has an unraced two-year-old by Deep Impact named Honneur. 

Deep Impact died last year.

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