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Havana Wins Gr3 Fred Best Classic
At Doomben in Queensland, Arrowfield Stud-based 5-time Gr1-winning stallion Starcraft (Soviet Star-Flying Floozie, by Pompeii Court) added a black-type success when 3YO gelding Havana (Starcraft-Top Cuban, by Anabaa) scored by 1-length for trainer Paul Messara in the $125,000 Gr3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colts Into The Red (Not a Single Doubt-Red Sequin, by Clay Hero) & Dothraki (Mossman-Volantis, by Flying Spur). This was the first stakes victory for Havana who took his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Todman Stakes & Listed Mick Dittman Plate) from 11 starts for $185,275 earnings. Havana was a $290,000 purchase by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale form the draft of Arrowfield Stud. A full-brother to Havana, who hails from the US family of Gr1 Beldame Stakes winner Weber City Miss and her dual Gr1-winning son Slew City Slew, was purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $360,000 at the recent Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.