The progeny of champion three-year-old miler Henrythenavigator continue to impress in the Northern Hemisphere and he sired his fifth individual first crop winner when Red Explorer (2c Henrythenavigator x Remote, by Seattle Slew) scored over five furlongs in England on Tuesday.
The Charles Hills trainee, a 130,000 guinea purchase by Sackville/Donald at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale in April, made virtually all and just had to be shaken by jockey Matthew Chadwick to score by a comfortable half-length.
Red Explorer is just one of a number of smart performers to have emerged to date from the first crop of four-time G1 winner Henrythenavigator. Amongst his leading lights are G2 Coventry Stakes placegetter Cristoforo Colombo, the stakes placed filly Infanta Branca and recent impressive maiden winner George Vancouver.
Henrythenavigator, who’s first Australasian progeny are two-year-olds of the 2012/13 season, has progeny in training with a number of Australasia’s leading trainers. Interestingly he has 18 entries for the 2013 G1 Golden Slipper including the first foal of top-class filly Stripper, a $350,000 purchase at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and now in training with Mark Kavanagh.
Henrythenavigator will stand the 2012 season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $22,000.