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Havana Gold 2-year-olds hit ground running

Qatar Racing stallion Havana Gold - standing at Tweenhills in Gloucestershire - has already produced two juvenile winners in Britain, including the Brocklesby hero Chipotle.

Havana Gold was the Leading British-based First-Season Sire in 2017 when his crop contained six individual Stakes winners, including Havana Grey. Havana Grey went on to win the Gr.1 Flying Five Stakes the following season. Another top sprinter by Havana Gold, Tabdeed, won the Gr.3 Hackwood Stakes in 2020.

Havana Gold's biggest and best crop of runners are this year's two-year-olds, conceived on the back of his 2017 results. He has 144 to run for him and the first two to hit the track have both been successful.

The first juvenile race in Britain, the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes at Doncaster's Lincoln meeting, was won in impressive style by Chipotle for trainer Eve Johnson Houghton and jockey Charlie Bishop. Chipotle is out of Lightsome who was formerly owner by Qatar Racing; she's also by Makfi who used to stand as a Qatar Racing stallion at Tweenhills before he was sold to Japan.

Havana Gold has already worked well with the mare Keladora, producing multiple winner Mawakib, and the mare's two-year-old by the sire, Anadora, showed all the battling qualities associated with the stallion when winning a fillies' conditions stakes at Newcastle. She overcame being slowest away for trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Kevin Stott. Anadora looks sure to be suited by six furlongs and, like Chipotle, looks open to improvement.

Another recent winner by Havana Gold - and also out of a Makfi mare, namely Adalene who also raced for Qatar Racing - was three-year-old Crohanne who took the Class 1 Prix Durban at Saint-Cloud. She's now won two of her three starts and is entitled to have a go at earning some black type.

Havana Gold stands alongside the QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner Kameko, internationl sire sensation Zoustar and Gr.1-winning miler Lightning Spear at Tweenhills.