Maine Chance Farms’ resident sire Silvano has enjoyed a superb start to the 2016-2017 and the former champion sire had yet another winning double at Kenilworth on Wednesday.
Silvano’s first winner came in the form of the Mauritzfontein Stud bred and owned Silver Willow, who stormed home to break her maiden by two lengths over 1600m. Trained by Glen Kotzen, the 3yo filly is out of the Horse Chestnut mare Parviflora.
The superbly bred Epona (bred on the same Silvano/Al Mufti cross as champions Bold Silvano and Kings Gambit) made it win number two on the day for Silvano, when the Mayfair Speculators owned filly charged home to score her second win from her last four outings, and Epona looks bound to improve and come on from this 2000m win.
Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Epona is out of the Al Mufti mare Laptop Lady –making her a half sister to none other than globetrotting Equus Champion, and successful sire, Jay Peg.
Currently the leading sire this season in South Africa by stakes, Silvano has two runners in next Saturday’s G1 Sansui Summer Cup in the former of G1 July runner up Punta Arenas and former G3 SW Security Solutions East Cape Derby hero St Tropez.
He is also the sire of former G1 Vodacom Durban July winner Bold Silvano, now a promising young sire, whose first runners include classic hope and G2 Investec Dingaans runner Bold Rex.
Silvano, whose offspring have won the July on three occasions, has one two-year-old on offer at next week’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale:
Lot 165 –a full sister to talented filly Penny Serenade, this filly is out of an eight time stakes winning half sister to Dubai G3 winner Lucky Find