Promising young stallion Henrythenavigator ranks highly amongst the first crop sires in the northern hemisphere and the last couple of days have seen him add a pair of winners to his impressive tally.
In the U.S. on Monday, debutante Amerigo Vespucci (2c Henrythenavigator x Senza Paura, by Fly Til Dawn), dispatched a field of experienced rivals to take out a 1200m maiden by a clear-cut two lengths to become her sires 11th individual first crop winner.
Then just 24 hours later in the U.K., the Michael Bell trained Santo Prince (2c Henrythenavigator x Sally Wood, by Woodman) became winner number 12 when saluting over 1400m. Forced to carry top weight, Santo Prince scored cosily despite the narrow winning margin of just a half-length.
Henrythenavigator has sired more European black-type two-year-olds than any other first crop sire this season. His 5 black-type performers include Pedro The Great, winner of Europe’s first G1 race for two-year-olds, the G1 Pheonix Stakes, as well as G1 Prix Morny runner-up George Vancouver.
Others to note include Cristoforo Colombo, who finished within a length of subsequent G1 winning pair Dawn Approach and Olympic Glory when third in the G2 Coventry Stakes over 1200m at Royal Ascot, as well as 9-length maiden winner and subsequent group placegetter Afonso De Sousa. Cristoforo Colombo is amongst the leading fancies for the G1 Dewhurst Stakes, while Afonso De Sousa is still under consideration for the G1 Racing Post Trophy.
The first progeny of Henrythenavigator made a good impression on buyers at the Australasian yearling sales in 2012, realising up to $350,000 and as a result he has two-year-olds in training with many of Australasia’s leading conditioners.
Henrythenavigator stands at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $22,000 (incl. GST)