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The following story first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report.

Coolmore’s freshman sire Henrythenavigator had his first stakes winner Sunday at the Curragh when the 2-year-old colt Pedro the Great won the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes. That victory also makes Henrythenavigator the first freshman sire in the 2012 list of young stallions to sire a G1 winner.

A G1 winner himself on four occasions as a 3-year-old, Henrythenavigator won the G2 Coventry Stakes and a maiden from four starts in his juvenile campaign. He also ran second in the 2007 Phoenix Stakes to the filly Saoirse Abu (by Mr. Greeley) and was third behind divisional highweight New Approach (Galileo) in the G2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.

Given his juvenile form, Henrythenavigator clearly made excellent progress over the winter to win four times at the highest level at 3, twice in classics (2,000 Guineas in both England and Ireland in 2008), and finish second in two more G1s from seven starts.

As a demonstration of his improvement in form, Henrythenavigator defeated New Approach in both Guineas triumphs before the latter colt stretched out to win the Derby over 12 furlongs and the Champion Stakes over 10. But just when Henrythenavigator had demonstrated his advantage over New Approach at a mile, another rival came on the scene.

The Elusive Quality colt Raven’s Pass lost to Henrythenavigator in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, then in the St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex. But thereafter, Raven’s Pass asserted dominance with a victory in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and then a stunning success in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita over Henrythenavigator and Horse of the Year Curlin.

All these horses have their first racers this year, with New Approach setting the breeding world abuzz by having three stakes winners at Royal Ascot.

Now Henrythenavigator has taken the bit in his teeth and is challenging his old rival once more.

A horse of great quality and balance, Henrythenavigator is one of a double handful of champions, classic winners, and international handicap highweights sired by the renowned stallion Kingmambo (1990 by Mr. Prospector x Miesque, by Nureyev), now a pensioner at Lane’s End Farm. Although Kingmambo had most of his successes as a sire in Europe, he also sired U.S. champion older horse Lemon Drop Kid and Japanese champion King Kamehameha.

Interestingly, those are also Kingmambo’s two best-proven sons at stud and sires of major influence in their own right.

With six winners in Europe already, it now appears that Henrythenavigator is working to take his place among the star sires by Kingmambo. At present, Henrythenavigator is in second place among North American-based freshmen sires behind fellow Coolmore/Ashford stallion Majestic Warrior.

Of that pair, Henrythenavigator received a better but notably smaller first book of mares. Among them was the group winner Glatisant, who is the dam of Pedro the Great.

Owned by Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier, and Michael Tabor, Pedro the Great was bred in Kentucky by Hascombe Stud from their Rainbow Quest mare Glatisant. Although pedigreed for distance racing, Glatisant won the G3 Prestige Stakes as a juvenile and as a producer has excelled even the good expectations that her racing performances must have engendered.

From four foals to win, Glatisant has now produced two G1 winners, the other being 2,000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand, who came from the first crop of his sire Giant’s Causeway.

A strongly made colt who was also perceptibly back at the knee, Footstepsinthesand was unbeaten in three starts, including his classic success. The colt never raced again after Newmarket due to a series of problems related to his feet, and at the mid-point of his 3-year-old season, he went shuttling to Australia for stud.

Another of Glatisant’s foals, the juvenile winner Frappe (Inchinor), also has produced a pair of group stakes winners. The mare’s best is the Oasis Dream colt Power, who won this year’s Irish 2,000 Guineas and also won the G1 National Stakes last year, when he placed second in the G1 Dewhurst and Phoenix Stakes.

Glatisant’s dam is the Green Dancer mare Dancing Rocks, who won the G2 Nassau Stakes and was third in the then-G2 Coronation Stakes. Dancing Rocks produced three stakes winners, and four of her daughters have produced stakes winners, including Glatisant’s full sister Rainbow Goddess, the dam of Mahler (Galileo), winner of the G3 Queen’s Vase, second in the G1 St Leger, and third in the G1 Melbourne Cup.

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