Sensational Debut Win for Henry Colt

He was the most expensive yearling from the first Australian crop of Henrythenavigator and judging by his debut win at Kilmore on Tuesday West Africa (3c Henrythenavigator x Stripper, by Danehill Dancer) can run like the wind.

The powerful bay colt bolted in to win the 1112 metre maiden by a widening nine lengths in an explosive display.

Prepared by Mark Kavanagh, West Africa led throughout and was in a different class for Michael Rodd.

“Kav could have thrown his leg over that and steered him around,” Rodd said after the win.

“He’s always shown us a bit at home, especially in his jumpouts, but you have just got no idea where you are at there and it’s good to get to the races.”

A $350,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Kitchwin Hills draft for James Bester Bloodstock/Demi O’Byrne, West Africa runs for a syndicate involving Coolmore and partners.

He is the first and only foal of former brilliant juvenile Stripper, who died prematurely in 2012.

A Group III winning daughter of Danehill Dancer, Stripper comes from the family of Golden Slipper winner Belle du Jour and Group I winner Perfectly Ready, so no surprise if she produces something well above average!

West Africa is from the first crop of former star miler Henrythenavigator, who has been a regular shuttler to Australia for Coolmore.

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