Glorious Goodwood certainly lived up to its name today for connections of Henrythenavigator.
A win by a head in the BGC Sussex Stakes provided the 3-year-old with his 4th consecutive Group One win. This marked trainer Aidan O’Brien’s 16th Group One victory this year.
Henrythenavigator held off strong competition from his old rival John Gosden’s Raven’s Pass, ridden by Jimmy Fortune, winning by just a head.
Major Cadeaux, ridden by Richard Hughes and trained by Richard Hannon was just three quarters of a length behind in third.
Goodwood treble for Murtagh
Winning jockey Johnny Murtagh celebrated the win as part of a Goodwood second-day treble. He also won on Baddam in the 2.15pm Goodwood Stakes and Love Galore in the 4.05pm Heritage Handicap.
“The good horses have everything…when he hit the finish line he was still full of running,” Johnny told Channel 4 Racing
At 4-11 favourite Henrythenavigator was the shortest-priced horse in the race’s history.
Henrythenavigator now looks set for a rest before returning to action in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in September. He has previously won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Irish 2000 Guineas at The Curragh and the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot this year.