Henrythenavigator, an expert miler who finished second in the Oct. 25 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. Ashford, a satellite of John Magnier and partners’ Irish-based Coolmore Stud, will announce a stud fee later.
Henrythenavigator, a 3-year-old son of Kingmambo, captured both the mile classics Stanjamesuk.com Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) and Boylesports Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) over subsequent Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner New Approach to start a four-race group I win streak. He followed up with mile wins in the St. James’s Palace Stakes (Eng-I) in record time at Royal Ascot and in the BGC Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood, both times defeating subsequent Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass, who had finished fourth in the English Two Thousand Guineas.
In winning both the mile classics and the St. James’s Palace and Sussex, Henrythenavigator emulated one of Coolmore’s greatest runners, Rock of Gibraltar, who won all four races in 2002 before becoming a successful stallion at Coolmore.
It also is worth noting that Henrythenavigator captured the St. James’s Palace and the French version of the Two Thousand Guineas (the Dubai Poule d’Essai des Poulains, Fr-I).
As a 2-year-old, Henrythenavigator won the Coventry Stakes (Eng-II) in record time at Royal Ascot and placed in two Irish group events.
“It’s great to have a horse of Henrythenavigator’s class and bloodlines retiring here,” said Ashford manager Dermot Ryan. “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 the group I level.”
Bred in Kentucky by Western Bloodstock, Henrythenavigator won or placed in 10 of 11 races and earned $2,750,538 for Magnier’s wife, Sue Magnier, while trained by Aidan O’Brien. A full brother to Irish group winner Queen Cleopatra, Henrythenavigator is out of Irish champion Sequoyah, by Sadler’s Wells.
The Kingmambo/Sadler’s Wells’ cross also has resulted in Japanese Horse of the Year El Condor Pasa, French champion and classic winner Divine Proportions, and English classic winner Virginia Waters.