Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding resident sire Silvano well and truly dominated proceedings in South Africa this past weekend, with his progeny shining both on the racetrack and in the sales ring.
Last week, a Silvano colt, named Matador Step, was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R4 000 000 on the opening day of the 2017 National Yearling Sale. Consigned by Lammerskraal Stud, the beautifully bred colt was the top colt sold on the National Sale and the second top lot over all.
Silvano, whose yearlings have fetched up R6 million, ended the 2017 National Sale as the second leading sire by aggregate, with his 15 lots to sell grossing R12.25 million and averaging a handsome R816 667.
Represented by five winners in all during the past weekend, Silvano totally dominated the classics run at Turffontein on Saturday.
His daughters Wind Chill and Oriental Oak ran 1-2 in the G2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks, while the Al Adaayit bred and owned Al Sahem claimed his first G1 success when downing a star studded field to lift the 2017 G1 SA Derby.
Runner up previously in both the G2 Gauteng Guineas and G1 SA Classic, Al Sahem, a 20th individual G1 winner for his sire , is the third son of Silvano to win the SA Derby, following Kings Gambit and Seal, and, like Kings Gambit, is out of a high class daughter of Al Mufti.
The Silvano/Al Mufti cross has now produced such notable performers as Al Sahem, Bold Silvano, Mr Winsome, Epona, Kings Gambit, Gallica Rose and Gold Cup runner up Balance Sheet.
The 2017 SA Oaks winner Wind Chill, bred like Janoobi by Maine Chance Farms, is the second daughter of Silvano to lift the SA Oaks, following Happy Spirit, who triumphed back in 2008.
Remarkably, Silvano had a third classic winner this weekend, when his G2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas winning son Janoobi lifted the G2 Daisy Guineas on Sunday to become a dual Guineas winner.
Now a winner of five of his 11 outings, Janoobi (also victorious in the G3 Protea Stakes last season) took his earnings to over R1.3 million with his latest graded win.
Equus Champion of last season, and G1 Vodacom Durban July runner up, Marinaresco became Silvano’s fourth graded winner on the weekend when prevailing in a tight finish to Sunday’s G2 Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes. The Mauritzfontein bred four-year-old, winner of the G1 Mike and Carol Bass Champions Cup last season, has now won four graded contests and banked more than R2.5 million.
(Janoobi and Al Sahem had previously given their sire a 1-2 finish when first and second in the Gauteng Guineas).
Silvano’s weekend could have been ever better, with his daughter Girl On The Run just beaten into second in the G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes.
The triple G1 winning Silvano, also damsire of Sunday’s 2yo debut winner Captain’s Treasure and high class fillies Goodtime Gal and Louisiana, is now well clear on South Africa’s General Sires List, with his progeny having banked more than R19.54 million this season (NHA statistics).