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.