Katara keeps the run going for Deep Impact in Listed class at Newmarket
Late stallion had recent Group 1 winner in Fancy Blue at Goodwood
Precious few of the progeny of the late Deep Impact ever make it to European shores - which made his second stakes winner in three days all the more impressive.
Katara, who graduated to Listed level with a dominant performance in the EBF Chalice Stakes at Newmarket, is one of only two Deep Impacts to have appeared in Britain this year. The other, French Oaks heroine Fancy Blue, had made it a Group 1 double in Thursday's Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
Access to the giant of Shadai Stallion Station, who died exactly a year before Fancy Blue's Nassau strike, was limited but Al Shaqab Racing had secured a cover for its smartly bred New Approach mare Asyad.
Katara is the first foal of Asyad, who was similarly trained by Sir Michael Stoute for the Qatari operation. She was third in this very same race five years ago before achieving the same position in the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
Asyad had been bred by Gestut Wittekindshof and offered as a yearling at Arqana, where she was bought by Charlie Gordon Watson Bloodstock for €230,000 as a half-sister to German Oaks runner-up and serial Group winner Elle Shadow and daughter of Wittekindshof's domestic champion mare Elle Danzig.
A Kempton novice winner on her most recent start, Katara only had to be nudged out to record a four-length score and looked an obvious candidate for Pattern honours.
She was a 159th worldwide stakes winner for Deep Impact, who has a handful of younger representatives in both Ireland and France. His daughter Harajuku made a glowing impression on her debut at Chantilly a fortnight ago while Aidan O'Brien's Snowfall was also off the mark during the same period.
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