Champion miler Henrythenavigator sired his first Australasian winner on Wednesday when his well-bred daughter Donna Madeira (2f Henrythenavigator x San Cristobel, by Fastnet Rock) bolted in on debut on the Hillside track at Sandown.
The Pat Carey trained filly, a $105,000 purchase by her trainer from the Tyreel draft at the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne, hails from the family of quality performers Galapagos Girl, Laisserfaire, Time Thief and Lone Rock.
Interestingly, Donna Madeira is the first winner for her dam, the Fastnet Rock mare San Cristobel, who was herself the first winner from the now Champion sire Fastnet Rock’s first crop.
Drawn widest of the eight starters, Donna Madeira broke like a shot under jockey Rhys McLeod to quickly go to the lead, which she never relinquished. Still travelling strongly at the 400m mark, at which point she had all her rivals off the bit, Donna Madeira sustained her blistering early speed through the closing stages to win the 900m contest easily by almost two lengths.
G1 trainer Carey has admired how his charge has gone about her business right from the start.
“She’s been very professional throughout – easy to train, good at the barriers and never a hint of shin soreness,” he said.
“She’s a dead-set flying machine from the gates and just has an abundance of speed. I’ll keep a nice race in mind for her.”
Young sire Henrythenavigator has enjoyed a hugely successful recent period, with this first Australasian winner coming hot on the heels of the announcement of the World Thoroughbred Rankings on Tuesday, which served to illustrate the success of his first northern hemisphere crop. His G1 winning son, George Vancouver, was ranked joint-third highest two-year-old colt in Europe in 2012 and was one of three representatives for his sire at the top of the rankings. Only Holy Roman Emperor, also with three, provided as many representatives at the top of the two-year-old classifications.
Just for good measure, his son Amerigo Vespucci became the fifth individual group horse from his first northern hemisphere crop when a close up third in the G2 Jerome Stakes over 1700m at Aqueduct on January 5th.
Henrythenavigator has yearlings catalogued for a number of upcoming sales, including the the Inglis Classic Sale and the NZB Premier Sale and considering the success of his early runners around the world, his progeny will merit the closest consideration for all purchasers.
Henrythenavigator stood the 2012 season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $22,000 incl. GST.