Grade II Swaps Victory for Chief Havoc

Talented colt Chief Havoc (3c Giant’s Causeway x La Reina, by AP Indy) posted a career best performance to take the Grade II Swaps Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park. Prepared by Peter Miller for Australian owner Paul Makin, Chief Havoc was sent out favourite for the 1 and 1/8th mile contest and emerged triumphant. He led throughout and pulled clear to win by two and a half lengths, his overall record now three wins and three placings from eight starts with prizemoney topping $180,000. A $325,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase for Mr Makin, Chief Havoc began his career with a couple of minor placings at Kempton Park and Newbury in the UK for Jeremy Noseda before being switched to North America. He was sixth in his stateside debut in the Grade I Champagne Stakes last October and was shipped west to the barn of trainer Peter Miller for his three year-old season. Chief Havoc graduated with seven and a quarter length romp at Santa Anita in April and was second in a May 3 optional claimer at Hollywood before his impressive May 30 allowance score last time out. Trainer Peter Miller has no firm plans for Chief Havoc’s next start. “I’ll have to talk to Mr Makin and see if we want to look at some 3-year-old stakes or possibly the [Aug. 25 GI] Pacific Classic,” he said. Chief Havoc is the 129th stakes-winner for champion sire Giant’s Causeway and is the first for his dam La Reina, a Grade III winning half-sister by AP Indy to Grade I winner Brahms.