Another big weekend for champion sire

Maine Chance Farms’ top sire Silvano, well on course to record his second general sires title in South Africa, enjoyed a tremendous weekend this week.

Silvan Star

The son of Lomitas was represented by no fewer than four winners in South Africa this past weekend, with his tally including daughter Silvan Star’s impressive win in the G3 Final Fling Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday.

It was a second consecutive feature race win for the Ascot Stud bred filly, who had previously triumphed in the Listed Highlands Stud Fillies Mile. Silvan Star was most impressive in putting two and a half lengths between herself and runner up A Time To Dream, and she pushed her earnings past R500 000 in the process.

Silvan Star, a bargain R200 000 buy from the National Sale, was produced by the winning Lecture mare Bold Choice. As a three-parts sister to July winning champion and sire Bold Silvano (Silvano), no doubt Silvan Star will be a very valuable stud prospect when she retires to stud. She has now or placed in 11 of just 14 outings.

She is one of 13 black type winners representing Silvano this season thus far.

Other winners for Silvano, sire of 2017 G1 Vodacom Durban July winner Marinaresco, this past weekend included Silvery Dream, who won by 3.7 lengths over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday, Strathdon, who scored over 2000m at Kenilworth on Saturday, and Silver Willow, who picked up her second career victory when successful at Scottsville on Sunday.

Silvano made the news this weekend as broodmare sire of progressive Sunday winner Last Winter, who made it three wins from as many outings when scoring over 1600m at Scottsville.


Last Winter (bred on the reverse cross to high class performers Black Arthur and Wind Chill) is a son of Western Winter out of Silvano’s G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Field Flower.


Silvano could well enjoy another big weekend this week, with his champion son Marinaresco a leading contender for the G1 World Sports Betting Champions Cup and daughter Nightingale (whose main rivals include fellow Silvano daughters Bella Sonata and Star Express) a big runner in the G2 Gold Bracelet, both races due to be run at Greyville on Saturday.

The champion will be represented by 12 lots on offer at the upcoming National Two Year Old Sale, including a filly out of G1 Garden Province Stakes winner Lyrical Linda (Lot27), a brother to G1 SA Derby runner up Gothic (Lot 67), full brothers to millionaires Punta Arenas and Tellina (Lots 98 and 194),a full-brother to G1 winner Do You Remember (Lot 383) and a colt out of Pivotal’s top class daughter Headstrong (Lot 383).

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