Exciting first crop sire Henrythenavigator enjoyed a double on Sunday with a pair of fillies to bring his tally of first crop winners in the northern hemisphere to 10.
In France, Tuna Papita (2f Henrythenavigator x Viapervita, by Spectrum) shed her maiden tag on her second start in a 1400m contest, easily disposing of her thirteen rivals to score by two lengths. An €85,000 breeze-up purchase, Tuna Papita hails from the family of champion Hong Kong stayer Mr Medici.
Just a couple of hours later in the UK, the Mick Channon trained Jillnextdoor (2f Henrythenavigator x Royal Shyness, by Royal Academy) cruised to a comfortable three-length maiden win over 1000m. Beaten just four lengths when close up in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, Jillnextdoor was a deserved maiden winner and she can be expected to step back up in grade following this confidence boosting win.
Henrythenavigator has made an impressive start to his stud career with his leading progeny including the G1 Phoenix Stakes winner Pedro The Great and the G1 Prix Morny runner-up George Vancouver. Another to note is the promising colt Cristoforo Columbo, rated by Timeform amongst the top-10 two-year-olds seen in Europe this season.
Henrythenavigator’s first Australasian foals are now two-year-olds and include a promising colt from Romanee St. Vivant who has already impressed in winning a trial in New Zealand for Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue. Other progeny of note include a half-sister to the top-class Danleigh in training with David Payne and a son of talented filly Stripper in training with Mark Kavanagh.
Henrythenavigator is in Australia at present standing at a fee of $22,000