Henrythenavigator sired his first Australian stakes-winner when exciting prospect Lite’n In My Veins (3g Henrythenavigator x Beauty World, by Danehill Dancer) scored a rare debut win in the Group III WATC Sir Ernest Lee Steere Classic at Ascot on Saturday.
Not many first starters tackle such a hard task over 1400 metres on debut, but the Fred Kerlsey trained gelding proved well up to the challenge.
Partnered by champion Hong Kong based South African jockey Douglas Whyte, he surged late to win by half a length.
“He gave a terrific feel on the way to the start and I knew I was on something special,” Whyte said.
“I think he is going to get better from here on in and when he steps up to the mile you will see an even more progressive horse than what you saw today.
“It’s not easy for a first timer to win over 1400 (metres) let alone in Group III company and I’d be surprised in a year’s time if you don’t see him at Group I level.”
A half-brother to Group III winner Hi World, stakes-winner Loveyamadly and Group I placed American Crew, Lite’n in my Veins is the sixth winner from six foals to race from Beauty World, a winning Danehill Dancer half-sister to stakes-winner Firenza.
Lite’n in my Veins is the ninth stakes-winner worldwide for Henrythenavigator.