Henrythenavigator retires to stand at stud in America

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  • Four-time Group 1 winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Henrythenavigator has been retired to stud.

    The Aidan O’Brien-trained 3-year-old will join the American breeding industry, standing at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

    Henrythenavigator has won four consecutive Group 1s this year — including the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish 2000 Guineas.

    After the Irish 2,000 Guineas Aidan O’Brien said: “When you have a horse that shows so much speed at home you are never sure they are milers until you see them doing it. He was brilliant today and he showed his devastating turn of foot which makes really good horses so special.”

    Owned by Sue Magnier, Henrythenavigator also won the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes (in record time) and Group 1 Sussex Stakes – on both occasions beating Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass.

    And he recently came second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic by just 1¾ lengths in Santa Anita in California last weekend (25 October).

    By Group 1 winner Kingmambo and out of Sequoyah, a group 1 winning juvenile by Sadler’s Wells, Henrythenavigator has good bloodlines for his future stud career.

    Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan said: “It’s great to have a horse of Henrythenavigator’s class and bloodlines retiring here.

    “Twice he won in record time at Royal Ascot, twice he beat Epsom Derby winner New Approach, three times he beat Raven’s Pass and four times he won at Gr.1 level.

    “He is also rated an even better miler than his sire Kingmambo. His conformation is excellent too so basically he’s the complete package.”

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