Havana Grey ex Dolly Colman colt
*From the Goffs Premier Yearling Sale 2022 - the best Sale of the season for 2yo’s. The sale where we purchased our Group 1 winner and Champion European 2yo 2013; TOORMORE (£36,000), Group 2 winner VENTURA TORMENTA and dual Group 2 winner KOOL KOMPANY (£40,000)*
SIRE: HAVANA GREY - the leading first season sire. We have had tremendous success with his progeny this year: Shouldvebeenaring, winner of the Goffs Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes, plus he was the winner of the Listed Ripon Champion 2yo Trophy Stakes - Listed winner Cuban Mistress - Weatherbys Super Sprint winner, Group 3 Prix Eclipse and Listed Windsor Castle Stakes 3rd, Eddie's Boy and Maylandsea, 2nd in the Group 2 Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and 2nd in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes.
TRAINER: Richard Fahey, trainer of our Goodwood track record breaking 2yo filly and winner of the GROUP 1 Prix de l'Abbaye; The Platinum Queen.
The Racing Post reported: "Havana Grey continues to carry all before him in the European first-season sire standings, with 30 winners worldwide and nine black-type performers headed by the Listed scorers Cuban Mistress and Lady Hollywood. He also sired Shouldvebeenaring, winner of this year’s Goffs UK Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes." We own Cuban Mistress and Shouldvebeenaring of course: We know how to buy a good Havana Grey!
Tim says: “Was one of our naps of the sale. Comes from the vendor of Native Trail (Mark Dwyer’s Oaks Farm Stables), so we’re in very good company. He’s by our, and everyone’s, favourite first season sire Havana Grey. What’s not to like?”
Here he is after arriving at Musley Bank, looking very relaxed after the rigours of the sale:
Likely to be a first half of the season sort with very much one eye on Royal Ascot, where we managed to have a number of 2yo runners this year including the Queen Mary 2nd (Maylandsea) and the Windsor Castle 3rd (Eddie's Boy, by Havana Grey.)
He is eligible for the £300,000 Goffs Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes, a race that we won this year with our £40,000 purchase Shouldvebeenaring (yes, also by Havana Grey!) He earned £122,000 in winning that day, at York’s Ebor Festival and his owners won a £47,000 voucher to spend on a ‘free’ horse at this year’s Sale too.
This colt will qualify for Redcar’s £250,000 2yo Trophy, which we’ve won in the past with Ventura Mist, and the £300,000 Weatherby’s Insurance Sales race, held at Doncaster in September could easily be on this horse’s agenda too. We do know how to win a sales race of course! EDDIE'S BOY won the Weatherby's Super Sprint and SHOULDVEBEENARING, the aforementioned Goffs race in 2022.
A sharp and racy sort, we’d hope to debut in April or May, with Royal Ascot in mind, hopefully. Then, all being well, on to Sales races and Group races. However, failing that, we’d go on to look at nursery handicaps at, hopefully, the main, summer festivals, where our silks are regularly seen.
We’ve a proven track record of delivering, year in, year out, and we’d hope a fair number of our Goffs UK purchases can deliver on the highest stage, again in 2023.
The same MPR buying team, who bought last year's yearlings have done a great job, with 18 pieces of 2yo black type earned this season and no doubt they have struck gold with this one too! Four of them, by HAVANA GREY!
Training update (13th January): Every jockey that has ridden him at home are giving positive feedback on him. A good mind, good mover and no issues. He is shaping like an early sort and we are excited for the turf season ahead!
Watch him in the video below, which is narrated by Richard. We love his "he just wants to go faster" comment!
Here he is on the gallops in 4th: