Maine Chance Farms’ prominent sire Silvano dominated the G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, run at Kenilworth on Sun Met day this past Saturday.
The triple G1 winning son of Lomitas was represented by no fewer than four runners in the R1 000 000 contest and two of these runners, Nightingale and Star Express, ran first and second in the G1 Majorca Stakes, with the Wilgerbosdrift bred Nightingale producing a flying finish to run down her paternal half-sister and score by half a length.
Remarkably, Silvano is not only sire of the first two past the post, but he is also broodmare sire of Majorca Stakes third place finisher Goodtime Gal. (Another daughter of Silvano, former G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas winner Silver Mountain, ran fifth in the Majorca Stakes).
Nightingale, runner up in last season’s G2 Daisy Fillies Guineas and a close fourth in the recent G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes, is the first stakes winner produced by G3 Magnolia Handicap winner Quickwood –a full sister to G1 SA Guineas hero Heir Apparent.
She is bred on the increasingly successful Silvano/Fort Wood cross, also responsible for Equus Champion and G1 Mike And Carol Bass Champions Cup winner Marinaresco and G2 Camellia Stakes winner Mochachino.
Nightingale is the 18th G1 winner for Silvano, who was Champion Sire in South Africa in 2012-2013, and Champion Sire in Slovakia in 2007.
His son Bold Silvano also enjoyed a big day on Saturday, with his son Bold Respect landing the R1 000 000 Kuda Sprint.