Former champion sire Silvano was represented by his 60th individual stakes winner when Palladium landed Saturday’s Listed Gatecrasher Stakes at Greyville.
In the process, the Avontuur bred colt maintained his unbeaten record, having now won both of his only two starts to date.
The Gatecrasher proved a triumph for Silvano, with another promising 2yo son of the sire, Daffiq, finishing a close up second.
Palladium, who races for The Fire Racing Trust, was a R1 700 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.
He is the fourth stakes winner for his four time winning Elliodor dam Minelli, whose previous runners include champion Val De Ra, stakes winner Mitra, and dual G2 Merchants winner Tevez.
Silvano was also popular at the recent Cape Breeders’ Club annual stallion auction –a service to the son of Lomitas topped the auction, with Mayfair Speculators purchasing the service for R400 000.
The sire has enjoyed another superb season –Palladium is the 10th individual stakes winner to have represented Silvano this season, with others including the Guineas winning sophomores Black Arthur, Marinaresco and Silver Mountain, as well as leading Gold Cup fancy Balance Sheet, and G3 winning 2yo Janoobi.
Silvano, who was Champion Sire in 2012-2013, has four yearlings on offer at the Sibaya KZN Sale –
Lot 104 –bred on the same cross as Silvano’s Met winner Martial Eagle, this colt (a half brother to the useful Jubilee Line) is out of a stakes placed daughter of champion sire Jallad and a SA Fillies Nursery placed daughter of National Assembly (damsire of Silvano’s champion son Vercingetorix)
Lot 162 –this colt, bred on the same cross as Silvano’s G1 winners Happy Valentine and Vercingetorix, is out of a National Assembly daughter of champion Monyela, with the latter being a three parts sister to South African racing legend Horse Chestnut
Lot 244 –a half sister to a 2yo winner, this filly is out of a daughter of champion Tatler –and from the family of another champion (Consensual), as well as the hugely promising Myfunnyvalentine, and top class current 2yo Attenborough
Lot 302 –this filly, bred on the same cross as Guineas hero Black Arthur, is a half sister to 2 winners, and her dam is a half sister to champion and successful sire Victory Moon and to champion Kelly. Inbred to Triple Crown winner Nijinsky II, this filly’s other notable relatives include champion and Met winning filly Imperious Sue and recent G3 winning filly Real Princess