With a current Good rating for the Doomben track, the Blue Sky Bloodstock purchased HAVANA has been scratched from Rosehill on Saturday, and will make his Queensland debut in the Listed Channel Seven Mick Dittman Plate over 1110m – click here for final field.
After being scratched last time out due to the weather when accepted to run at the Gold Coast in a Group Three race, the Starcraft three-year-old looks set to play a leading part in the Listed event.
Two starts back Havana dominated his rivals when breaking his maiden at Canterbury over 1100m, the distance of Saturday’s race, when scoring by four lengths after jumping away extremely well from the gates and leading throughout.
Next time out, the Paul Messara-trained gelding finished in sixth place behind the Group One Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep in the Group Two Royal Sovereign Stakes at Royal Randwick during the Championship race day.
Third as a two-year-old behind eventual dual Group One winner Criterion (NZ) in the Group Two Todman Stakes at only his second career start, the Paul Messara-trained Havana has always indicated his fair share of ability.
Having defeated stakes winners such as Thump, Villa Verde, Charlie Boy, Va Pensiero, Never Can Tell, Champollion, Scandiva, Dothraki, I’m All The Talk and Paximadia during his short career to date; no other runner in Saturday’s race has form like Havana, and having drawn ideally in barrier two for the race, Havana should be able to jump away well and race in a more forward position, rather than getting back and having to work home.
Purchased from the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sale by Blue Sky Bloodstock, Havana is still relatively only lightly raced and with the gelding holding nominations to the Group One Doomben 10,000 on May 24 and the Group One Stradbroke Handicap on June 7, it just gives an indication of how highly rated this three-year-old is by his connections.
"He is still lightly raced and makes some mistakes but he's one of those horses, if he can put it all together he could improve sharply," stated trainer Paul Messara.
Set to be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy for the first time, some footage of Havana from this week at Doomben can be viewed below.