Mandy Cottell - Ninemsn 17:38 AEST Wed Mar 12 2014
Havana provided vindication for a difficult but necessary decision when he broke maiden ranks at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Trainer Paul Messara has long had a high opinion of the three-year-old and accordingly raced him in Group company last autumn and spring but he failed to live up to expectations.
The son of Starcraft was gelded and showed the benefit of the procedure at Canterbury.
"He's always been a classy horse. Gelding him has made all the difference and today it showed," Messara said.
Nash Rawiller took the $2.60 favourite to the front from an outside draw and he extended his lead in the straight to score by four lengths over Rock Temple.
The ease of Havana's win has given Messara the confidence to again look toward black-type races starting with the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 29.
Havana provided the first leg of a treble for Rawiller who also scored wins aboard Shahad for Gai Waterhouse and Murphy's Delight for Chris Waller.