Maine Chance Farms’ former champion sire Silvano was represented by his second Algoa Cup winner when his four-year-old son Nebula won Sunday’s Betting World sponsored contest.
Nebula emulated paternal half brother Forest Of Dean, who was victorious in the 2011 Algoa Cup. (Interestingly, both Nebula and Forest Of Dean are out of daughters of former champion sire Jallad).
The Drakenstein Stud-sponsored Richard Fourie had Nebula relaxed in sixth position and about six lengths off the pace set by Dynastic Power, who was pursued by Stebbins in the run for home.
At the 400m it was anybody’s race but Fourie wasn’t moving a muscle as the 4-1 Nebula built up impressively and hit the front at the 200m marker.
The son of Silvano went on strongly to withstand the sparkling late challenge of the 33-10 favourite Captain Splendid
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift, and owned by Edmond Siu, Nebula was the top lot sold at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, where he was knocked down for R3.75 million.
Nebula, a full brother to G1 J&B Met winner Martial Eagle, is bred on the same Silvano-Blushing Groom line mare responsible for such Equus Champion Heavy Metal, Guineas winner Tellina, multiple Graded winner Punta Arenas and the above mentioned Martial Eagle.
Silvano, whose Equus Champion son Marinaresco ran a cracking third on his seasonal debut this Saturday, has made a superb start to the season and is currently leading the South African General Sires List.
The champion son of Lomitas (sire of the R6 000 000 record priced yearling) has one lot on offer at CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale in November:
Lot 165 –bred on the same Silvano/Blushing Groom cross as Nebula himself, this filly (an own sister to the smart Penny Serenade) is a half/full sister to five winners and is out of a stakes winner of eight. This is the same family as Equus Champions Jay Peg and Kochka among others