Maine Chance Farms’ resident sire Silvano was represented by his 54th individual stakes winner when his brilliant daughter Silver Mountain scored a courageous and convincing victory in Saturday’s Gr2 Choice Carriers Fillies Championship.
Despite jumping from the 15 stall gate, Silver Mountain proved too classy for her rivals and ran out a one and a half length winner of the R400 000 contest, with favourite and last season’s Equus Champion 2YO Filly Entisaar comfortably held in second place.
Bred by Highlands Farm (who were represented by five winners this past weekend), the Maine Chance Farms owned sophomore has now won three of her four starts to date and looks a hard nut to crack in next month’s Gr1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas.
Silver Mountain, a R1.3 million buy from the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, is out of the Listed Olympic Duel Stakes winner Our Table Mountain.
Silvano, South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2012-2013, has a superb record as a sire of top class fillies. The son of the now deceased German champion Lomitas has more than 20 stakes winning daughters to his credit including the G1 winners Do You Remember (Wooalvington Stakes), Field Flower (Cape Fillies Guineas), Happy Valentine (Allan Robertson Fillies Championship), and Flirtation (Summer Cup). Another daughter, Mi Emma, won the German 1000 Guineas back in 2007 while yet another daughter of the sire, Fair Breeze, was named Champion Older Female in Germany in both 2007 and 2008.
The latter is also the dam of the talented Tiger Hill colt Fair Mountain –who finished third in the 2015 G1 Deutsches Derby.
Silvano also achieved a memorable feat when siring the first three home (Power King, Punta Arenas, Tellina) in last season’s G1 Vodacom Durban July. Another of the sire’s July winning sons, Bold Silvano, is set to have his first crop reach the track later this season.
He has two superbly bred lots on offer at the upcoming CTS Ready To Run Sale at Durbanville –a half sister to G1 Matriarch Stakes winner Gypsy’s Warning (Lot 18), and a filly whose stakes winning Jallad dam is a half sister to champion Val De Ra (Lot 60).
To date, Silvano’s progeny have earned just under R200 000 000 in prize money.