Henrythenavigator headlines Gold Coast Magic Millions

Henrythenavigator (USA) is coming off a sensational year with his first-crop two year-olds in the northern hemisphere and, in a sign of things to come, Coolmore Stud has transferred him from Kentucky to its Irish headquarters for the 2013 serving season.

In another show of faith, Coolmore supremo John Magnier has four Henrythenavigator colts wintering as front-line candidates for the English 2000 Guineas in May.  They include Group 1 winners George Vancouver (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf) and Pedro The Great (Irish Phoenix Stakes) who were among their sire’s 16 individual winners in 2012.

Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo) was a high-class juvenile in his own right claiming the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.  He developed into a Group 1 miler the following term winning the English and Irish 2000 Guineas before further victories in the St James’s Palace and Sussex Stakes.

With Henrythenavigator on the threshold of a ground-breaking year in both hemispheres, he could well be the value sire at this week’s Magic Millions.  There are 12 second southern-crop lots catalogued and 6 of them are from his home base.

Among other vendors, Lomar Park’s Henrythenavigator colt from Tapanappa (Lot 293) is being rated the pick of his yearlings at the Gold Coast.  “He has impressed everyone from the moment we began parading on Sunday,” Lomar Park studmaster Paul Davies said.  “Without naming names, two premiership trainers rank him one of the nicest colts in the sale.”

The Tapanappa colt is a younger half-brother to Eliminator who was an explosive 8 length winner on debut at the Gold Coast in November.  Trainer Gillian Heinrich immediately mapped out a Magic Millions 2YO Classic campaign for the Choisir colt but he went shin-sore in a final lead-up on New Year’s Day.

“Gillian has a big opinion of Eliminator and it’s a shame she had to tip him out,” Davies explained.  “Tapanappa has a proper two year-old pedigree – her dam won a G3 National Stakes in Adelaide and the second dam won a G2 Karrakatta Plate in Perth.”

Another Lomar Park entrant turning heads on the Gold Coast sale grounds is the filly by champion sire Encosta de Lago from Elegant Jewel (Lot 842).  “She’s a stunner with a pedigree to match and people have been asking why she is in Session 5,” Davies said.  “She was still a bit behind the others when the Magic Millions team did their inspections but has really blossomed in the last couple of months.”

The Encosta de Lago filly hails from Lomar Park’s successful Social Smile family and her dam is a sister to Group 1 winning sprinter Super Elegant.

More information on Lomar Park’s Magic Millions draft, including Sirecam footage, can be viewed here.

Lomar Park entrant rated one of the nicest colts at the Magic Millions