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Henrythenavigator repeats success

Jockey Johnny Murtagh
Johnny Murtagh won again on Henrythenavigator

Henrythenavigator completed an Irish and English 2000 Guineas double with an impressive victory at the Curragh.

Just like at Newmarket three weeks earlier, jockey Johnny Murtagh played a waiting game before storming to the front to see off New Approach.

The winning margin was a more decisive length and three-quarters, compared to the nose success over the Rowley Mile.

In an exact repeat of the result in England, the supplemented Stubbs Art had to settle for third once more.

New Approach had been sent off the 11-10 favourite with Henrythenavigator priced at 5-4.

It was trainer Aidan O'Brien's fifth win in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

New Approach was ushered into the lead early on and he applied a fair pace to the race.

The tempo quickened appreciably as the five runners reached the final three furlongs but Stubbs Art and Henrythenavigator were still moving with real menace at that point.

As Stubbs Art began to weaken out of the fight for top honours, Murtagh brought Henrythenavigator down the centre of the track with a powerful run.

Boylesports Irish 2,000 Guineas (Curragh)
1. Henrythenavigator (J Murtagh) 5-4
2. New Approach (KJ Manning) 11-10 F
3. Stubbs Art (S Sanders) 20-1
5 ran. Dist: 1, 3

see also
Henrythenavigator claims Guineas
03 May 08 |  Horse Racing
New Approach straight to Guineas
06 Mar 08 |  Horse Racing
Horse racing on the BBC
14 Mar 08 |  Horse Racing
Quiz the racing team
29 Mar 07 |  Horse Racing

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