One of the most exciting lots to be offered at next Friday’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, is lot 120 –a daughter of champion sire Silvano and the National Assembly mare National Vixen.
This makes the filly an own sister to Equus Champion and Dubai G1 winner Vercingetorix, who recently finished standing his first season at Maine Chance Farms. Unbeaten in his first six outings, Vercingetorix was never beaten in South Africa, where his four wins (from 1400-2000m) included both the G1 Daily News 2000 and G2 KRA Guineas. On both occasions, Vercingetorix proved too strong for subsequent Equus Champion Capetown Noir.
Sent to Dubai, the handsome Vercingetorix reeled off back to back wins in his first two outings, with his wins including the G1 Jebel Hatta. He then finished second, to the world’s top rated thoroughbred of 2014, Just A Way, in the G1 Dubai Duty Free where Vercingetorix accounted for the outstanding international G1 winners Dank, Hunter’s Light, Mshawish, and The Fugue –among others. Vercingetorix, ended his season with a good third in the G1 QE II Cup at Sha Tin, behind champion Designs On Rome and beating subsequent G1 Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia.
He is not the only notable performer produced by the high class mare National Vixen, a five time winner who was placed in all of the G3 Champagne Stakes, Listed Ladies Mile, Listed Olympic Duel Stakes, G2 Sceptre Stakes (twice) and G3 Diana Stakes. By leading sire National Assembly, National Vixen is also dam of G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes/G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Trinity House, who finished second (beating dual G1 winner Thunder Dance) to champion Princess Victoria in the G1 Cape Fillies Guineas.
National Vixen’s five other winners include eight time winner and G1 performer Never Forever. She hails from an outstanding family with her relatives including the G1 winning 2yo Steaming Jungle and star sprinters Phantom Earl, Extra Cover and ill-fated standout filly Scarlet Lady.
Champion Sire in South Africa in 2012-2013, Silvano, the sire of lot 120, has sired some exceptional fillies over the years, including this season’s G1 Betting World Cape Fillies Guineas winner Silver Mountain. She is one of two Silvano daughters to have won the Cape Fillies Guineas, having been preceded by Field Flower in 2009.
Other top class fillies sired by Silvano include German classic winner Mi Emma, G1 Summer Cup winner Flirtation, G1 Woolavington Stakes winner Do You Remember (subsequently exported to Australia), and G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship heroine Happy Valentine, subsequently successful in France. The latter is bred on the same Silvano/National Assembly cross as is lot 120.