Having his first run this time in off the back of a gelding operation, Starcraft gelding HAVANA jumped from the outside barrier in the 10 horse field before coming across to sit in the lead.
With jockey Nash Rawiller controlling the tempo upfront, Havana kicked clear as they rounded the home turn, sprinting with all the class you’d expect, eased down on the line for a four length victory.
You knew once race caller Mark Shean stated “Havana’s kicked into another gear”, that the race was all over.
A galloper that had always shown stakes ability, the Arrowfield Pastoral Synd (Mgr: J Messara), Blue Sky Thoroughbreds Synd, Favretto Bloodstock Synd, P J & Mrs D D Bone, B Kennedy, T C Lloyd-Jones, S J Pont & Just Fun Racing Synd (Mgr: D Halpin) owned three-year-old is now likely to head to the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) in two-and-a-half weeks and with some further improvement, is likely to step up again in class after that.
Holding nominations to the Group One Star Doncaster Handicap and the Group Two Arrowfield Royal Sovereign Stakes over the two days of “The Championship” race days, Havana is just one of a handful of Carnival Contenders for Blue Sky Bloodstock (click here to read more)
Having had two trials leading into the race, jockey Nash Rawiller stated post-race that after he trialled him the first time that he “simply fell in love with him.”
So taken with the victory, Rawiller also stated, “He's a Group One horse down the track we just need to take him steadily towards that.”
Trainer Paul Messara was also suitably impressed with the victory.
"He's always been a class horse, gelding has made all the difference and he showed that," he said.
"He lengthened out very quickly and found the line.
"He's a relatively inexperienced horse and I think today he showed what he can do.
Secured by Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Havana is one of a host of class three-year-old purchased that year, with another being the Hussonet colt WOODBINE that heads to the Group One Randwick Guineas this coming Saturday.
If you are interested in finding out more about any of the purchases made so far this year, head over to the 2014 Colts Purchased page on the website, or contact Julian Blaxland on 0431746803 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org