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.