Clearly appreciating the ‘country life’, HAVANA produced an impressive performance at Muswellbrook on Tuesday to set a race record when winning the South Muswellbrook Cup over 1450m.
Having finished fourth the start prior in the Denman Cup over 1280 behind Goldstone, the Paul Messara-trained Havana relegated that very galloper into a half-length second with his race record winning victory.
Ridden by Mitchell Bell, Havana was away well from the inside gate and having to carry 60.5kg, he settled handy to ensure he didn’t need to make up too much ground when it counted.
Starting to make his run before the home turn, Bell pulled the Starcraft gelding out wide to chase down the leaders, and while he was easing up on the line, Havana had done enough off hold off the late challenge of Goldstone who charged along the rails to nab second.
Purchased from the draft of Arrowfield Stud at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Havana is the winner of three races with a further two placed efforts with his highlight coming when an impressive length winner of the Group 3 Fred Best over 1350 at Doomben during his three-year-old season.
Congratulations to our fellow owners on the win Arrowfield Pastoral Synd (Mgr: J Messara), Favretto Bloodstock Synd, B Kennedy, T C Lloyd-Jones, S J Pont and Just Fun Racing Synd (Mgr: D Halpin).