New Stakes winner for Havana Gold
Havana Gold recorded another Stakes winner as a sire when his five-year-old son Tabdeed came late to win the 12-runner Gr.3 Hackwood Stakes over six furlongs at Newbury on Saturday.
Tabdeed has always threated to win a big sprint but has been sparingly campaigned. He delivered in style under Jim Crowley on the weekend, beating triple Gr.1 winner The Tin Man by half a length with a further two lengths back to Gr.2 winner Shine So Bright. Just behind was recent Gr.3 winner Judicial and 2018 2,000 Guineas runner-up Tip Two Win.
Tabdeed is trained for Hamdan Al Maktoum by Owen Burrows, who said:
"He's always threatened and promised that there's a good race in him. As a two-year-old he won first time out at Leicester and was lame straight after the race.
"He won first time out as a three-year-old and then I ran him in the Jersey Stakes on very fast ground and that really jarred him up. He was never one you could send back out three weeks later but since he's been gelded he's been a lot easier to train."
While very fast ground so early in his career might not have been ideal for Tabdeed, he is actually now unbeaten in five starts when he's faced 6f on a sound surface. The stats show that plenty of Havana Gold's progeny go well on good ground or quicker.
Tabdeed has now matched his sire with a Timeform Rating of 118.
Tabdeed was bred by Red House Stud & Ketton Ashwell Ltd out of Peintre Celebre mare Puzzled, who stayed a mile and a half on testing ground - clearly Tabdeed gets plenty of speed from his sire.
Tabdeed's 42,000 guineas sales price at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale now looks a bargain - well done to Shadwell and all those associated with the horse. Here's hoping he can add something even better to his CV.