Another black-type 2yo for Henry
December 9, 2013
An excellent year for Henrythenavigator continued in Italy on Sunday when the smart juvenile Hoovergetthekeys (2c Henrythenavigator-Honeypenny, by Royal Academy) claimed a Listed success.
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The potency of Henrythenavigator’s bloodlines is highlighted by the fact that he is one of seven major winners sired by Kingmambo from daughters of Sadler’s Wells. The others include classic winners Divine Proportions and Virginia Waters, plus the Japanese superstar El Condor Pasa. The Epsom Derby winner Workforce is by a son of Kingmambo out of a daughter of Sadler’s Wells.
Henrythenavigator was a good winner of the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes before developing into an outstanding miler. His juvenile ability has enabled him to make an immediate impact with his first two crops of two-year-olds, which included two winners of the Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes and one of the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Henrythenavigator’s Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner George Vancouver is out of a DANZIG mare. This suggested that the son of Kingmambo would have a bright future with daughters of DANEHILL, GREEN DESERT and other DANZIG stallions. Sure enough, his talented 2013 juveniles include Sir John Hawkins and Mappa Mundi, both out of DANEHILL mares, and his Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes winner Sudirman is out of a grand-daughter of GREEN DESERT. Sudirman’s dam is by DESERT STYLE, and daughters of OASIS DREAM, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, KHELEYF and CAPE CROSS are all well qualified to reinforce Henrythenavigator’s juvenile ability. Henrythenavigator had a €340,000 2013 yearling out of a grand-daughter of DANZIG.
More DANEHILL mares are clearly merited and Henrythenavigator should also shine with daughters of DANSILI, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, EXCEED AND EXCEL, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, DANEHILL DANCER, MOZART, DANETIME etc.
KINGMAMBO sired the St Leger winner Encke from a SINNDAR mare and he also sired Group winners from daughters of DANZIG, GREEN DESERT, DANEHILL and WAR CHANT.
Henrythenavigator’s smart son Cristoforo Colombo has a dam by STORM CAT’s grandson JOHANNESBURG.
Henrythenavigator probably also has a bright future with mares by such as SHAMARDAL and FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND.
Kingmambo owed some of his best offspring to the NIJINSKY line, siring Gr.1 winners from daughters of NIJINSKY, NINISKI, ROYAL ACADEMY and CAERLEON, so Henrythenavigator has obvious potential in this area. One of his best sons, Zhiyi, is out of a CAERLEON mare and the second dam of his Gr.1 winner Pedro The Great is a grand-daughter of NIJINSKY.
Kingmambo and several of his sons have Group winners inbred to NUREYEV and Henrythenavigator is following suit, his Group-placed son Afonso de Sousa being inbred 4x2 and his Stakes winner Jubliant Girl is 4x3. As his Coventry S. third Sir John Hawkins is inbred 3x3 to SADLER’S WELLS, Henrythenavigator can be considered for daughters of MONTJEU, GALILEO and HIGH CHAPARRAL.
Henrythenavigator is a grandson of MR PROSPECTOR but that hasn’t stopped him siring Cristoforo Colombo from a mare inbred 4x4 to MR PROSPECTOR.
Henrythenavigator will be suited by more Never Bend blood. The similarly-bred El Condor Pasa sired the Japan Cup Dirt winner Alondite from a RIVERMAN mare. Another of Kingmambo’s Japanese sons, King Kamehameha, sired the Japan Cup winner Rose Kingdom, who has a second dam by SHIRLEY HEIGHTS. SHIRLEY HEIGHTS also sired the dam of Kingmambo’s Oaks winner Light Shift.
Of Kingmambo’s Gr.1 winners, Star King Man has a dam by BLUSHING GROOM and Thewayyouare has a second dam by him. Henrythenavigator’s first Gr.1 winner, Pedro The Great, is out of a mare by RAINBOW QUEST.
RECORD-BREAKING GR.2 WINNER AT 2 YEARS
1stCoventry Stakes - Gr.2, 6f., Royal Ascot by ¾ length beating Swiss Franc and Luck Money in track record time.
1stMaiden, 7f., Gowran Park on debut by 7 lengths.
2ndPhoenix Stakes - Gr.1, 6f., Curragh to Saoirse Abu.
BRILLIANT MILER AT 3 YEARS
1st2,000 Guineas - Gr.1, 8f., Newmarket beating Champion 2yo & Epsom Derby winner New Approach & Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass.
1stIrish 2,000 Guineas - Gr.1, 8f., Curragh beating Champion 2yo & Epsom Derby winner New Approach.
1stSt James’s Palace Stakes - Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot beating Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass in a new track record.
1stSussex Stakes - Gr.1, 8f., Goodwood beating Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass.
2ndBreeders’ Cup Classic - Gr.1, 10f., Santa Anita to Raven’s Pass and defeating Tiago and Curlin.
2ndQueen Elizabeth II Stakes - Gr.1, 8f., Ascot to Raven’s Pass.
Rated 131 by Timeform at 3 years, even higher
then his own exceptional sire Kingmambo.