Former champion sire Silvano enjoyed a weekend to remember, with his progeny faring well on both the racetrack and in the sales ring.
The sire of 17 individual G1 winners to date, Silvano was represented by four individual winners this weekend.
His foursome kicked off with his son Harry’s Silver landing the first race at Turffontein on Saturday. Bred by Maine Chance Farms, Harry’s Silver, who is out of the Al Mufti mare Harry’s Tale, was a R600 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Harry’s Silver’s win was followed by a smart success from the Maine Chance Farms bred and owned Girl On The Run, who made it three wins from her last six outings when successful over 1800m on Saturday.
Yet another Silvano sired runners to win at Turffontein on Saturday was Russian Star, who landed the penultimate race, while Silvano’s fourth winner on the day came in the form of R900 000 yearling buy Ollivander, who broke his maiden by 1.25 lengths when successful at Durbanville.
Silvano, whose 2015-2016 runners included the G1 winners Marinaresco and Silver Mountain, also proved popular at Saturday’s CTS Ready To Run Sale.
The evergreen son of Lomitas was the sale’s leading sire by aggregate, with his seven lots to sell grossing a total of R2.275 million.
Silvano’s top lot sold at the RTR Sale was lot 113, a filly named Good Genes, who was knocked down to Brett Crawford for R500 000.
The aptly named Good Genes, who was consigned by The Rock, is out of the unraced Jet Master mare Hi Jessie –a half sister to the G1 winning siblings Al Nitak and The Sheik.
Silvano’s ongoing success on the track has seen him climb to the top of South African sires list and he looks on course for another tremendous season!