Progeny of Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding sire Silvano went close to recording a rare Guineas double at Greyville on Friday night.
Not only did the former champion sire’s son Black Arthur stamp himself a leading G1 Vodacom Durban July contender by easily winning the G2 Canon Guineas, but Silvano’s highly promising daughter Nightingale ran a cracking second in the G2 Daisy Fillies Guineas on the same card.
The Alec and Gillian Foster bred and owned Black Arthur showed his class in no uncertain fashions when blowing away a high class field to win Friday’s G2 Guineas, leaving former G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Rabada back in second, with recent G3 Byerley Turk hero Mambo Mime back in third.
It was a very smart performance from a colt, who was instated as favourite for the upcoming Vodacom Durban July following his deceptively easy half length win in Friday night’s R600 000 contest.
One of two Guineas winners on the card for former champion trainer Justin Snaith, Black Arthur has now won four of six outings, with his previous wins including a stunning victory over fellow Silvano son Marinaresco in the G3 Cartier Politician Stakes.
Black Arthur is one of three Guineas winners for Silvano this season –the sire’s daughter, Silver Mountain, having landed the G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas, while the above mentioned Marinaresco having gone on to lift the G3 Tekkie Town Winter Guineas and he ranks as the leading contender for the G3 Winter Classic later this month.
Another of Silvano’s progeny to impress on the evening was juvenile Palladium, who made a smart winning debut over 1200m for trainer Charles Laird and owner Alesh Naidoo. He was the second Silvano sired juvenile to win on debut last week –with the Mike de Kock trained Navarro having saluted over 1400m at the Vaal just a day earlier.
Silvano’s great run of success on Friday, however, was not restricted to Greyville –his ever green son Crown Of Gold picked up his third consecutive Listed Glenlair Trophy at Fairview on the same day. Now an eleven time winner, the Markus and Ingrid Jooste owned gelding has earned R924 910 in stakes.
Silvano’s legacy looks set to continue with his sons at stud including the very promising Bold Silvano, recently represented by his third individual first crop winner.