Another G1 for Henry

Sudirman (Henrythenavigator) winning the Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh

Henrythenavigator had his second consecutive winner of the G1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes on Sunday when the David Wachman-trained Sudirman (2c Henrythenavigator-Shermeen, by Desert Style) landed a comfortable success.

The winner, bred in America by Kathryn Nikkel and Jeanne Canty, had won the G2 Railway Stakes on his previous start and – as on that occasion – beat Big Time by half a length when taking the Phoenix Stakes.

Sudirman is rated a 12/1 shot for next year’s 2,000 Guineas by bookmakers and Wachman commented: “He is a good, tough horse. He won’t do too much when he gets there, as he idles in front. We have been waiting for a while for one like this. He is a nice horse and he likes quick ground.

“He will probably step up to seven furlongs now, he has been crying out for seven. The G1 National Stakes is a possibility but the ground is important to him. He did it well, he is tough and he keeps finding, and I think there is a good bit left in the tank.”

Sudirman, who set a new two-year-old six-furlong course record with his time of 1m 9.35s, was following Pedro The Great (3c Henrythenavigator-Glatisant, by Rainbow Quest), who captured the G1 contest 12 months earlier for Henrythenavigator.

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