Surprisingly one of only two last start winners in the main field (excluding emergencies), the Blue Sky Bloodstock purchased HAVANA looks set to give the Group Two Queensland Guineas one massive shake on Saturday at Eagle Farm - click here field and form.
With many of the field finishing behind the Paul Messara-trained runner at his most recent start, where he recorded a length victory in the Group Three Fred Best Classic at Doomben over the 1350m, the step up to the 1400m on Saturday was always going to suit Havana even better than the 1350m.
Having been well supported all week in the betting, Havana is now likely to start one of the favourites for the $350,000 contest, and there is no reason to think that he can't add the Group Two trophy to his silverware collection.
Set to be ridden by Luke Nolen, the Melbourne-based jockey has partnered the Starcraft gelding on only two occasions in his 11 start career; last start when victorious, and earlier on in his career when Havana finished third behind Criterion in the Group Todman Stakes.
Drawn very well in barrier four, it will allow 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 Havana to get a cosy run and be in a favourable position in the very large field.
Havana does have a very good sprint on him as highlighted last time out and if within striking distance as the field heads for home, he will be hard to hold out.
In what looks a very exciting edition of the Group Two Queensland Guineas, the race often produces a top notch galloper with winners of the race in the past highlighted by Sizzling, Pear Tart, Turffontein, Nova Star, Camarena, Yippyio, Turridu, Paris Lane and Triscay – all having one thing in common, they are all Group One winners – fingers crossed Havana can reach those heights in the not too distant future.
Who knows, it could come in next week’s Group One Stradbroke Handicap, a race that Havana does currently hold a nomination to!
Pleasing everyone this week in the stable, Havana is ready to go, as evident by the below clip where he plays up for the camera.
A graduate of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale when selected by Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Managing Director Julian Blaxland, the company has been enjoying a very good run at present with the likes of stakes-winning two-year-old Sebring colt PRESSING, who will contest next Saturday’s Group One J.J. Atkins, after having won his first two starts highlighted by a stunning victory in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes.
All at Blue Sky Bloodstock would like to take this opportunity to wish Havana's connections the best of luck for Saturday and we hope to see you in the winner's enclosure!!