Former champion sire Silvano, who has been represented by nine individual stakes winner this season thus far, had another good weekend, with his progeny lifting a pair of feature races over the past weekend.
Silvano daughter Silver Stripe became her sire’s 69th stakes winner when victorious in the Listed Petra Diamonds Spook Express Handicap at Turffontein on Saturday.
Runner up in the Allez France Handicap at her penultimate outing, Silver Stripe made it win number three with a one and a quarter length for jockey Chase Maujean, trainer Geoff Woodruff and owner-breeder Drakenstein Stud.
The regally bred filly, a sister to Winter Derby winner Gifted For Glory, is the second stakes winner for G1 Paddock Stakes winner Badger’s Gift and is bred on the same Silvano/Badger Land cross as SA Oaks winner Happy Spirit.
Just one day later, Silvano’s G3 Winter Derby hero Elusive Silva impressed when scoring a facile victory in the Listed The Sledgehammer at Greyville –enhancing his G1 Vodacom Durban July credentials in the process. (Elusive Silva’s July odds were slashed from 25-1 into 14-1 and he looks to be on track for a good KZN season). Bred by the Nutfield Stud, Elusive Silva made it win number four from just ten outings.
Elusive Silva is one of a growing number of top class performers bred on the Silvano/Fort Wood cross, with this pattern having also produced champion Marinaresco, G2 winner Mochachino and recent G1 winning filly Nightingale.
As icing on the cake, Silvano daughters Bella Sonata and Tahini also ran 2-3 in the weekend’s main feature race, the G1 HSH Princess Charlene Of Monaco Empress Club Stakes to give their sire yet more prize money from a major graded feature.
The progeny of Silvano also found favour at last week’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, and ended the sale as the fourth leading stallion by aggregate.
The son of Lomitas has 18 lots on offer at next week’s National Yearling Sale, including yearlings out of such high class racemares/producers as Orange Moon, Princess Victoria, Express Queen, Garland, Halfway To Heaven and Hot Number.