Jun 03, 2014
Courtesy of www.tasracing.com.au TALENTED three-year-old Havana Stash delivered on a promise when he scored an impressive win in the Magic Millions 3YO Classic over 1200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last week.
It was a courageous win but his rider Brendon McCoull admitted the gelding "is a bit of a thinker" which probably explained why he loomed to win the 3YO Cup in December only to pull up close to the line and finish second.
"He could be a class horse but right at the moment he doesn't go to the line," McCoull said after the recent win.
"The plan for this race (Magic Millions Classic) was to ride him just off the speed and hold him up and just let him ping the last 50 metres or so but the race didn't pan out as we thought," McCoull said.
"I got to the front earlier that I would have liked and I was worried that something might come late and knock us off but he stuck it out well tonight," he said.
Trainer Scott Brunton admitted the gelding had a few quirks that needed to be ironed out if he is to make the grade.
"We like the horse – he's got a bit of character – but he does a few things wrong," Brunton said.
"He pulls up in his races but he will eventually get the hang of it (racing)."
"The Veolia 3YO Classic on Launceston Cup day has always been his main mission," he said.