two year old colt Pedro The Great became the third winner from the first crop
of his promising young sire Henrythenavigator (USA) when bolting in over 1200m
at Leopardstown in Ireland on Thursday.
The Aidan O'Brien trained colt was held together on the lead by jockey Seamus Heffernan and looked set for a battle as challengers loomed approaching the 200m mark.
However, at that point Heffernan asked his mount to extend and he responded in eye-catching fashion, streaking clear to score a resounding victory by nearly five lengths.
He won in the style of a colt that looks destined for better things and a step up into stakes company looks a natural progression.
Henrythenavigator has made a bright start to his stud career having retired to Coolmore with impeccable credentials.
A winner of the Group II Coventry Stakes over 1200m at Royal Ascot as a two year old, a race in which he established a new track record, he returned at three to become a Champion miler.
His stellar three year old season included four consecutive Group I wins, including another record setting effort in the Group I St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
His leading performers to date include the Group II Coventry Stakes placegetter Cristoforo Colombo, as well as the stakes performer Infanta Branca.
Henrythenavigator's first Australian yearlings commanded big prices in sales rings across Australasia in 2012, with the top price being a $350,000 colt at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
Henrythenavigator (pictured) will stand the 2012 southern hemisphere season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $22,000 incl. GST.
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