Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding sire Silvano had yet another remarkable weekend.
Lomitas’ champion son was represented by no fewer than five individual winners this past weekend, and his progeny totally dominated Saturday’s major classics at Turffontein. Another by Silvano, Bella Sonata, finished a close up second in Saturday’s G3 Acacia Handicap.
Silvano son Janoobi made history when he provided former champion Mike de Kock with his 3000th winner when successful in the G2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas over 1600m.
Superbly ridden by Piere Strydom, the Maine Chance Farms bred colt made all to lift the R1 000 000 feature by –over fellow Silvano colt Al Sahem by a neck.
The previously undefeated Al Sahem, making just the third start of his career, impressed with a game effort back in second and he looks a big contender for both the G1 SA Classic and G1 SA Derby later in the season.
Owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Janoobi has now won four of his nine starts and earned R947 500 in stakes.
Out of the unraced Rakeen mare Shasta Dasiy (and a full brother to G3 winner Sedge), Janoobi was a R1 200 000 buy from the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
He is the second son of Silvano to land the G2 Gauteng Guineas, following Tellina back in 2013.
Other Guineas winners sired by Silvano include Mi Emma, Silver Mountain, Vercingetorix, Field Flower and Black Arthur.
Not only was Silvano responsible for the first two home in the G2 Gauteng Guineas, but his promising Listed Sea Cottage Stakes winning daughter Orchid Island finished a close up third in Saturday’s G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas.
Silvano’s current crop of 3yos now include eight stakes horses and he looks on course for another smashing season!