Prominent Cape farm Maine Chance Farms had yet another weekend to remember. Not only was the Robertson stud farm responsible for breeding the first two home in Saturday’s Gr2 Horses For Causes Sceptre Stakes, but Maine Chance Farms bred horses won no fewer than five races over the weekend in total.
Last season’s Cape Racing Champion 2YO Filly Princess Royal picked up the first Grade 2 win of her career when accounting for fellow Maine Chance Farms bred Cosmic Light by half a length in the Sceptre Stakes. The Captain Al filly, a three parts sister to the Maine Chance Farms bred champion Princess Royal, has now won over R500 000 in stakes with the promise of plenty more to come.
The Sceptre was a doubly good result for Maine Chance, who also part owners of Princess Royal, and whose promising young sire Querari sired the very promising Cosmic Light.
Maine Chance Farms are proud to announce they have a superb draft of yearlings on offer at this week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
The Maine Chance Farms’ draft includes lots by such outstanding sires Captain Al, Dynasty, Silvano and Var, while such promising young stallions Bold Silvano, Philanthropist, Querari and What A Winter are also represented in the Maine Chance consignment.
First of the Maine Chance draft is lot 16, a bay daughter from the first crop of multiple champion sprinter What A Winter. She is a half sister to five winners including G3 winning sprinter Magico and hails from the family of high class Australian filly Pittsburgh Flyer.
Leading sire Philanthropist is a proven sire of champions, and was leading sire on synthetics in the USA two years ago. He is the sire of lot 27, a filly whose dam is a half sister to US G3 winner Hoofit and who is from the family of Aussie stars Reward For Effort and Overreach.
Var is a proven sire of top fillies, with his daughters including champions Val De Ra and Via Africa. He is also the sire of lot 30 –a daughter of top sprinter and G1 Computaform Sprint winner Mocha Java, herself a half sister to G2 winning speedball Mochachino.
Maine Chance Farms’ resident sire Querari ranks as one of the most exciting stallions in South Africa. The G1 winning son of Oasis Dream is sire of lot 31, a colt bred on the same cross as G1 filly Melliflora. She is out of a half sister to the above mentioned Mocachino and Mocha Java, with the latter also being by a Danzig line sire.
Lot 35 is sure to be popular with many buyers –by outstanding sire Dynasty, sire of last year’s record breaking lot, this colt is a half brother to this season’s G2 Selangor Cup winner Hard Day’s Night and from the family of champions Bluffing and Tecla Bluff.
Penny From Heaven is the name of lot 50, a daughter of outstanding sire Silvano, sire of this season’s star G1 winning filly Silver Mountain. The filly on sale (bred on the potent Silvano/Blushing Groom cross) is out of brilliant eight time stakes winner Pay The Piper, from the famed Let Kiss family.
Palto Alto is another by champion sire Silvano who should be hugely popular. This colt, catalogued as lot 51, is an own brother to last season’s G1 July runner up Punta Arenas, and is out of a mare by the top sire and broodmare sire Candy Stripes (also damsire of the magnificent Candy Ride).
Silvano is also the sire of lot 84, a colt by the name of Silver Maple. This bay is a full brother to seven time G3 winner Sedge, and is out of a daughter of champion and important broodmare Scented Royal, whose descendants include such graded winners as Chekilli, Franny and Sweet Sanette.
Reigning champion sire Captain Al, seven times champion sire of 2yos in a row, is responsible for lot 85. This colt, a half brother to last year’s R5.2 million record breaking colt, is out of a full sister to multiple G1 winner and Maine Chance Farms’ champion sire Silvano, with the latter’s siblings including his G1 winning half brother Sabiango. A colt with a stallion’s pedigree.
Sommersonne, lot 93, is a filly who is a direct descendant of one of Germany’s greatest mares –Schwarzgold. This Silvano filly is out of the talented Pentire mare Sommermachen, herself a half sister to an Italian champion. The family of international stars Slip Anchor and Steinlen.
Current leading 2yo sire Var is the sire of lot 103, a chestnut colt out of G2 Camellia Stakes winner Surabi. The latter, in turn, is a half sister to G1 Matriarch Stakes heroine Gypsy’s Warning and recent Listed Sea Cottage Stakes runner up Romany Prince. The latter looks a smart sort and could make up into a G1 performer.
Tia, lot 105, should be one of the stars of the sale. A Silvano full sister to R3 million earner Tellina, an entrant in Thursday’s G2 Al Fahdi Fort in Dubai, this filly is also a half sister to potential Singapore Derby runner Time Odyssey.
Another well bred filly in the draft comes up in the form of lot 113. By leading sire Trippi, whose daughters include G1 winners For The Lads and R Heat Lightning, as well as champion Hammie’s Hooker, this filly’s dam is a half sister to a French G3 winner as well as to the dam of G1 winners Ectot and new Coolmore sire Most Improved. A direct descendant of the great mare Myrobella.
Kingmambo’s half brother Judpot is enjoying another great run of success this season. The son of A P Indy is also the sire of lot 117, a half sister to 3 winners including promising filly Tumbles. This well related filly’s second dam is SA champion Kundalini, and this is also the family of major European classic winners Kooyonga and Roland Gardens.
Silvano, sire of 16 G1 winners, is the sire of lot 120 –a full brother to talented feature race contender Vino Veritas. Bred on the same Silvano/Al Mufti cross as champions Bold Silvano and Kings Gambit, this colt is a member of the famous Drohsky family and his second dam is G2 winner Vino Rosa.
Former Equus Outstanding Stallion Judpot is the sire of 135, a colt bred on the same Judpot/Fort Wood cross as G1 winner Forest Indigo. This well related colt is out of a mare closely related to the great champion Horse Chestnut as well as champion Monyela. Judpot’s sire A P Indy is closely related to Sportsworld –sire of another top class performer in this family, Sport’s Chestnut.
Silvano’s July winning son Bold Silvano made the perfect start to his stud career when his very first runner was a winner. He is the sire of lot 143, a colt out of G2 Southern Cross runner up Angel At My Table, dam of smart recent winner Angel Of Light.
Silvano’s daughters include such G1 stars as Do You Remember, Silver Mountain, Flirtation and Happy Valentine. He is also the sire of lot 151 –a bay miss bred on the famed Silvano/Al Mufti cross. This well related filly is from the same family as outstanding filly Crimson Palace, a G1 winner in both South Africa and North America.
Another filly by the great sire is lot 186, this bay being out of a stakes placed four time winning daughter of Jet Master (dam sire of G1 performer Silvano’s Jet). From the great Lily family, this filly’s relatives include impressive recent 2yo winner Water Lily Lake.
Var is the sire of lot 190, a filly closely inbred to the legendary sire Storm Cat. She is out of a Giant’s Causeway half sister to G1 July Cup runner up and sprint star Lincoln Dancer. Definitely a filly bred to fly.
Another by Var is lot 217, an unnamed bay colt out of Silvano’s top class stakes winning daughter Frequent Flyer. The latter, runner up twice in G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, is out of G1 November Handicap winner Fov’s Fancy, by multiple champion sire Foveros.
Greek Fire, lot 220, is a bay colt by outstanding sire Dynasty. A half brother to G1 winner Wavin’ Flag, he is out of G3 Yellowwood Hcp winner Garland, and is bred on the same Dynasty/Capture Him cross as champion Beach Beauty.
Promising young sire and G1 winning 2yo Lateral is responsible for lot 232, a lovely chestnut filly whose seven winning siblings include G2 SA Fillies Nursery winner Hidden Beauty. From a great family, this filly’s relatives include Met winning female Imperious Sue and her G1 winning daughter Imperious Star.
Multiple European champion Twice Over was an outstanding racehorse, whose 12 victories included four at G1 level. His first crop of foals include this smart filly whose dam is the six time stakes winner Illumiere, a daughter of Horse Of The Year and triple US Champion sire Giant’s Causeway, also an emerging top class broodmare sire.
Lot 255 is a bay daughter of Judpot, sire of such top females as Along Came Polly, Double Whammy and Little Genie. She is a half sister to 3 winners including stakes winning filly Comtesse Dubois, and this is the family of Guineas winner Kapil, and millionaire and promising young sire Biarritz.
Maine Chance Farms are also pleased to offer, as agent, lot 106 –a bay colt named Days Of Thunder. By former G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Gimmethegreenlight (himself by world leading sire More Than Ready), this colt is from the famed Australian Denise’s Joy family, responsible for the great More Than Ready sired champion More Joyous.
Last year, a Maine Chance Farms bred yearling set a new South African record when fetching R5.2 million at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Can history repeat itself?