Maine Chance Farms’ former champion sire Silvano has enjoyed another good year in 2016, and the son of Lomitas seems set to end the year on a high.
Silvano enjoyed an impressive hatrick of wins on Thursday, when his Isolde, Malinga and Wind Chime all saluted at the Vaal.
The Altus Joubert bred Isolde kicked off proceedings when breaking her maiden over 1400m for owner Chris Van Niekerk and champion trainer Sean Tarry.
Isolde’s off the pace, one length win was followed up four races later by a smart victory by the blooded Malinga.
The Carl and Amanda De Vos bred gelding made it back to back wins (and his third victory overall) when squeezing through late at the rail to score a cosy one and a quarter length win over 2000m.
Out of the stakes placed Al Mufti mare Little Indian (and thus bred on the same Silvano/Al Mufti cross as champions Bold Silvano and Kings Gambit), Malinga is a half brother to 3 winners including triple G1 winner, and former Equus Champion, Yorker.
Silvano’s third, and final winner, on Thursday came in the form of the Maine Chance Farms bred Wind Chill.
The 3yo filly, who had previously finished second to the very smart filly Tambalang, picked up the second career win of her career when scoring by 1.3 lengths over 2000m for owners Mayfair Speculators.
Bred like Silvano’s recently gelded Guineas winner Black Arthur, Wind Chill is out of the Western Winter mare Windin The Willows and was a R400 000 buy from the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Silvano is strongly represented in next week’s graded features at Kenilworth. His high class sons Nebula and St Tropez run in the G2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap, sons Ollivander and Strathdon are runners in the G3 Cartier Politician Stakes and his champion son Marinaresco is currently favourite for the day’s topliner, the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. Another son, Gothic, is a runner in the G3 BMW Chairman’s Cup.
Silvano daughters also dominate the field for the G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes –with the former champion being represented by no fewer than four runners in that R1 000 000 race –Silver Mountain, Nightingale, Star Express and Tahini.
He has 19 yearlings on offer at next month’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale including a three parts sister to G1 Fillies Guineas winner Silver Mountain (Lot 10), a half sister to another Fillies Guineas winner in Go Indigo (Lot 42), an own brother to G1 Gold Cup hero Wavin’ Flag (Lot 68), and a three parts brother to Equus Champion, Dubai G1 winner and young Cape sire Vercingetorix (Lot 211).