Jul 28, 2014
Courtesy of www.tasracing.com.au - 28/07/14 - TALENTED three-year-old Havana Stash will be aimed at the state's richest sprint following his impressive win in an open handicap over 1200 metres in Launceston yesterday.
Havana Stash ($4) was coming off a first-up win in a benchmark 78 in Hobart two weeks earlier but it was a huge step up in class.
But the David and Scott Brunton-trained gelding was up to the task and powered home to defeat Melbourne-bound Spy Wears Prado ($2.40 fav) by almost two lengths with the heavily backed Snippetee Bee ($3) a length away third.
He was well ridden by David Pires who had hi settled just off the speed set by Snippetee Bee that led the field into the home straight and looked set for victory when she kicked two lengths clear.
But when Pires called on Havana Stash for the big effort he quickly gathered in the leader and then staved off a determined challenge from Spy Wears Prado.
Havana Stash impressed in the feature three-year-old races he contested last preparation including a win in the 3YO Tasmanian Magic Millions Classic but co-trainer Scott Brunton is confident the gelded son of Benicio has matured enough to warrant being aimed at the Newmarket Handicap in November.
"This is a very smart horse and he has proved that with what he's done this season," Brunton said.
"If he does well in the paddock I expect him to come back a better horse than he is this time in and if that's the case he would make his presence felt in a Newmarket (Handicap)."
"He will be straight to the paddock from here and come back in time to prepare for the Newmarket," he said.