Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding sire Silvano, who is on course to record his second general sires title this season, totally dominated the finish to Saturday’s G1 Vodacom Durban July, with his offspring Marinaresco, Al Sahem and Nightingale finishing 1-2-5 respectively in the R4.25 million contest.
(Sixth place finisher Horizon is out of a sister to Silvano, while Silvano’s two other July runners Black Arthur and Mr Winsome finished seventh and eighteenth.)
Silvano has now been represented by more individual July winners than any other sire in the history of the July, with his previous July winners being Bold Silvano, Heavy Metal and Power King. When Power King landed the July in 2015 he accounted for fellow Silvano sons Punta Arenas and Tellina to give Silvano a unique 1-2-3 finish in South Africa’s most famous horse-race.
Marinaresco, bred by Mauritzfontein, went one better on his second place finish in the July last year took his earnings to over R5 million with a head win in the July over paternal half-brother, and G1 SA Derby winner Al Sahem. It was a tremendous win by Marinaresco, who was giving weight all round and to lug 60kgs to victory.
Last season’s Equus Champion 3YO, Marinaresco (whose trainer Candice Bass-Robinson is the first woman to saddle a July winner) is now a dual G1 winner, having previously landed last season’s G1 Mike and Carol Bass Champions Cup at Greyville.
He is bred on the same Silvano/Fort Wood cross as July fifth and G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes winner Nightingale.
Champion sire in South Africa back in 2013, Silvano (according to NHA stats) is more than R9 000 000 clear on the general sires list for this season, with his runners having won 20 black type races in 2016-2017 and banked R26.272 million in prize money.