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03 Aug 2021

Havana Gold colt wins Silver Ballyhane Stakes

Two-year-old sons of Havana Gold recorded wins at Naas and Kempton on Monday, including the valuable Silver Irish European Breeders Fund Ballyhane Stakes…

Cavalry Charge – a son of Havana Gold and Foxhound mare Poppets Sweetlove – was much improved from his debut when winning the Silver Ballyhane Stakes by five lengths.

He travelled very strongly despite dropping from seven furlongs to six in the hands of Robbie Colgan to give trainer John Joseph Murphy a second consecutive win in the race following Sweet Gardenia in 2020.

Cavalry Charge was very well bought for 15,000gns at the Tattersalls Book 3 Yearling Sale by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock and George Murphy. He was bred by Whatton Manor Stud.

The first leg of the Havana Gold juvenile double had come just 15 minutes earlier when Ernie’s Valentine had won his second race in the six-furlong nursery at Kempton.

The grey came late and fast to score off a mark of 80 in the hands of Sean Levey for trainers Paul and Oliver Cole, despite rearing leaving the stalls.

Ernie’s Valentine was also well bought for 38,000gns from the Tattersalls Book 3 Sale by The Coles. He’s by Havana Gold out of the Dubai Destination mare Eastern Destiny. He was bred by Worksop Manor Stud and consigned by them from Barton Stud.

Havana Gold is now the sire of 18 individual two-year-olds winners, with lots more juvenile runners to come.

Congratulations to all connections!

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