Maine Chance Farms will be offering on behalf of John Slade two standout sons of their champion resident sire Silvano at this weekend’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
John enjoyed notable success at this sale 12 months ago, when his Dynasty colt out of Garland made R3 000 000.
This year, he will be offering a Silvano half brother to that imposing colt, with the colt (catalogued as lot 68) having been named Greek Sword.
Not only is Greek Sword by one of South Africa’s best sires (Silvano’s 17 G1 winners include a trio of Vodacom Durban July winners among others), he is a full brother to former G1 Gold Cup winner Wavin’ Flag, who earned more than R1 000 000.
Greek Sword, whose dam Garland won five times including the now G3 Yellowwood Handicap, is also a half brother to the stakes placed winner of four, Greek Legend.
Like sire sensations Scat Daddy and Tapit, Greek Sword, who hails from the family of Met winners Alastor and Wild West, is inbred to the 1970 Triple Crown winner Nijinsky II.
The second of John’s Silvano colts to go on sale is lot 121, a colt by the name of Kronung. Bred on the same Silvano/Fort Wood cross as Equus Champion and G1 Sun Met hope Marinaresco, this colt is a full brother to G2 Camellia Stakes winner Mochachino and half brother to 3 other stakes horses, including G3 Man O’War Sprint winner Mocha Java.
By a champion sire out of a mare by a champion sire, this well bred colt (whose immediate relatives include July winner Hunting Tower) is a direct descendant of the great broodmare Cequillo –ancestress also of the great US sire Fappiano, and successful G1 winning sires Go Deputy, Honour And Glory and Quiet American (also an outstanding broodmare sire of US champions Saint Liam and Bernardini).