Henrythenavigator’s brilliant first season reached a new high on Sunday when the Aidan O’Brien-trained Pedro The Great (2c Henrythenavigator-Glatisant, by Rainbow Quest) captured the G1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes.
Seamie Heffernan steered the Hascombe Stud-bred half-brother to Footstepsinthesand to an impressive success in an incident-packed renewal of the G1 event at the Curragh. In second place was Leitrim Mor (2c Holy Roman Emperor-Christinas Letter, by Galileo).
“He won his maiden very impressively. He was a bit fresh the last day and we decided to take our time with him today and he settled well. He won’t mind stepping up to seven furlongs and its quite possible he will come back here for the G1 National Stakes,” O’Brien told www.irishracing.com.
Heffernan added: “I liked Pedro The Great when I rode him to win at Leopardstown and the way I rode him in the G2 Railway Stakes probably didn’t suit him. The way he’s been working he was entitled to go for a Group 1 and it’s all worked out nicely. He’s got a bit of class.”
Henrythenavigator’s other first-crop runners include recent nine-length winner Afonso de Sousa (2c Henrythenavigator-Mien, by Nureyev) and G2 Railway Stakes runner-up Cristoforo Colombo (2c Henrythenavigator-La Traviata, by Johannesburg), who unfortunately fell when clipping heels in the G1 Phoenix Stakes.