RACING: Havana Gold to leave Hannan
12:02pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Latest Sport News
HAVANA Gold will transfer from Everleigh handler Richard Hannon to Mikel Delzangles for his final racecourse appearance in Australia before he is retired to Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire.
The Prix Jean Prat winner, who was also fourth in the Irish Guineas, is set to run in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington on November 9, the final day of action during Melbourne Cup week.
It is possible he could have another start Down Under before joining fellow Qatar Bloodstock-owned stallions Makfi and Harbour Watch at Tweenhills. His fee will be £8,500.
David Redvers, bloodstock and racing manager to Qatar Racing Ltd, said: "Richard Hannon made a wonderful job of handling Havana Gold's career thus far, but he will join Dunaden to travel to Australia where he will be handled by Mikel Delzangles and his team. They are due to fly this coming weekend.
"We are hoping he will round off his career in style in Australia. We moved him to Mikel Delzangles because of the success he has had with horses in the southern hemisphere and Far East. He will travel with and be trained alongside Dunaden."
Hannon's son and assistant trainer Richard jnr said: "Havana Gold has been a fantastic horse to train, and as tough as teak. He has been a wonderfully consistent, top-class performer and never let us down.
"But for some bad luck Havana Gold might never have been out of the first two. He would have beaten Style Vendome at Deauville as a juvenile, had his saddle not slipped in the final furlong, and he ran an exceptional race from a horrific draw in the French Guineas.
"He also ran well in the Irish equivalent, so his Group One win in the Prix Jean Prat was no more than he deserved."
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