Havana Gold juveniles to look out for
Three of the four highest-priced of Havana Gold’s yearlings to sell at public auction in 2019 have been named ahead of their debuts this year…
Karl Burke trained Havana Gold’s stallion son Havana Grey to win no less than five Stakes races – including a Gr.1 (Flying Five Stakes), Gr.2 and Gr.3 – and will be hoping lightning strikes twice as he bought a son of the Tweenhills sire for 125,000gns at the Tattersalls October Book 2 Sale last autumn.
Being out of Iffraaj mare Princess Guest the colt is a half-brother to Dubai Station, who was placed in both the Gr.2 Norfolk Stakes and Gr.3 Prix de Cabourg last summer. He has been named North of Amazing and is owned by friend of Tweenhills, Barbara Keller, and Elaine Burke. Good luck girls!
John Brown enjoyed success with his homebred filly Iconic Choice winning a Listed race at two before being beaten just a short head in the Gr.3 Fred Darling Stakes last year, and her dam Adorable Choice (by Choisir) has a runner by Havana Gold this time around.
Though the colt was signed for by Stephen Hillen and Kevin Ryan for £58,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale, he too looks set the carry the colours of his breeder and race for Tom Dascombe: he has been named Astronomic Choice.
Owners Jim and Fitri Hay have enjoyed success at the highest level courtesy of the likes of Deauville and Here Comes When, and they will have a Havana Gold colt run in their famous pink and green silks this year. Cuban Cigar was bought by Peter and Ross Doyle at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale 2 and is now with Richard Hannon.
He is out of Green Desert mare Semayyel who has produced dual winner Nomorecalls and is currently at Tweenhills as she was bought by David Redvers in 2017. Semmayyel produced a colt by another Tweenhills sire, Hot Streak, this year.
Amongst the older brigade of Havana Gold runners are Shadwell-owned pair Tabdeed, who has been gelded since last seen and remains a Stakes sprint winner in waiting on his favoured fast ground, and Alkaamel, whose latest victory was achieved by a staggering 13 and a half lengths on the Meydan dirt.