Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July meeting at Greyville proved a memorable one for Cape breeders.
Not only did prominent Robertson nursery Maine Chance Farms breed the first three home in the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, but Cape breeders were responsible for no fewer than 11 of the 12 winners on the day.
However, the day belonged to Maine Chance Farms, who bred all of Power King, Punta Arenas and Tellina, the first three finishers in the R3.5 million Vodacom Durban July.
July day was also a triumph for Maine Chance Farms’ resident sire Silvano, whose son Power King gave the son of Lomitas a third win in the race. (Silvano’s previous July winners included Bold Silvano and Heavy Metal)
Silvano, a former champion sire, was responsible for the first three finishers in the July – a rare, if not unequalled feat in the Greyville showpiece. The son of Lomitas was certainly well represented in the 2015 Vodacom Durban July, and had no fewer than five runners in the big race. Power King provided his sire with his 15th individual Gr1 winner, with Silvano’s past top flight winners including German Derby winner Lucky Speed, champions Aslan and Kings Gambit, Gr1 winning fillies Do You Remember, Field Flower, Flirtation, and Happy Valentine, and SA Derby winner Seal.
Other Cape breeders to enjoy feature race success on Saturday were Daytona Stud (who bred Gr3 the tabgold 2200 winner Ultimate Dollar), Terry Andrews (Gr2 SABC Gold Vase hero Heart Of A Lion), Nutfield Stud (breeders of Gr1 Zulu Kingdom Golden Slipper winner Chestnuts N Pearls), Klawervlei Stud (breeders of the Gr1 winners Seventh Plain and Same Jurisdiction), and Arc-En-Ciel (responsible for Listed Canon Business Centre Handicap hero Easy Lover).
Well done to all the breeders who enjoyed success at the 2015 July meeting, which certainly proved a wonderful showpiece for the quality of the Cape bred thoroughbred.