Sister Havana wins Karaka Million
Sister Havana has made the Karaka Million in New Zealand an all Queensland affair with a dominant victory under Stathi Katsidis for trainer Liam Birchley.
For Birchley, Sunday’s victory was even sweeter after Sarge In Charge was beaten by The Heckler in the race at Ellerslie last year.
The $NZ1 million race for two-year-olds is restricted to horses sold at the Karaka Sale in Auckland with this year’s auction to begin on Monday.
Katsidis had Sister Havana well positioned fourth on the rail and bided his time until the field straightened.
He eased the filly off the fence and through a gap 100 metres out and she dashed to a 1-3/4 length win over Icepin with Banchee another half head third.
Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman finished 11th on Brave Warrior while Melbourne visitor Michael Rodd’s mount Hoofit beat just one runner home after showing early pace.
By General Nediym out of Ultima Vita, Sister Havana was a $40,000 purchase at last year’s sale.