Shear Gold – Havana Gold x Secret Hint
Our Havana Gold two year old, a 2020 purchase from Tattersalls, is out of the Oasis Dream mare Secret Hint, who was trained by Andrew Balding to win three times over six-furlongs. A tough and consistent performer, she was rated 91 at her peak and ran in stakes company on more than one occasion.
Havana Gold x Secret Hint Pedigree
Secret Hint was a George Strawbridge homebred and is therefore unsurprisingly closely related to numerous high-class types.
She is one of three winners out of the winning Daylami mare Teeky, who was in turn a sibling of the Grp-2 Challenge Stakes winner and sire Sleeping Indian, the Grp-2 Grand Prix de Chantilly winner and sire Aiken, the Grp-3 Golden Daffodil Stakes victrix Felicity (herself dam of the Grp-3 winner and sire Gatewood) and the Listed winners Nationalism and La Paz.
To cap it all, their dam Las Flores was Grp-1 and Classic-placed, whilst Oasis Dream is the exceptional damsire of the likes of Siskin, Sir Dragonet, Midterm and many more.
Since retiring from racecourse duties Secret Hint has provided one runner, namely the Iffraaj two-year-old filly Secret To Success.
She was sourced by Rabbah Bloodstock for 70,000gns last year, prior to going into training with Saeed bin Suroor. She has raced three times this year in the Godolphin blue, showing a degree of promise on a couple of occasions, and looks a likely type to do better in handicaps at three.
On this occasion Secret Hint has been matched with the classy stallion Havana Gold. A Grp-1 winning miler as a three-year-old, he has since developed a reputation as a relatively affordable option who is more than capable of throwing a top-class horse.
He is perhaps best-known for producing the Grp-1 winning sprinter (and now sire) Havana Grey, though he has enjoyed another good season in 2020, headlined by his son Tabdeed winning the Grp-3 Hackwood Stakes and Mambo Nights scoring at Glorious Goodwood.
It is also noteworthy that he has previously matched with Oasis Dream mares to produce the winners Heavenly Rainbow and Padura Brave.
With exceptional prospects on paper and superb good looks, this filly has proven to be enormously popular and is now fully syndicated.