Top class CPYS draft from Maine Chance
Leading Cape stud farm Maine Chance Farms have a powerful string on offer at next week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, set to take place at the CTICC on January 22nd and 23rd.
Maine Chance, the sponsors of last weekend’s Grade 1 Paddock Stakes, are enjoying another highly successful season and currently rank eighth on the National Breeders log.
Maine Chance Farms bred horses have already amassed over R3.5 million this season, and the farm’s graduates include Arion and Power King – first and second in last Saturday’s Gr2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap. It was a 1-2-5 finish for Maine Chance in the Peninsula, with R800 000 earner Punta Arenas filling the fifth place berth.
Last season the Robertson based farm ended up fourth on the breeders log, with Maine Chance breds earning over R11.57 million (of which their top earner Tellina amassed over R1.035 million).
First of Maine Chance’s string up for sale is lot 6, a daughter of the farm’s resident sire Black Minnaloushe, whose top class daughters include the US Grade 1 winner Black Mamba as well as SA Oaks heroine Ash Cloud. The filly on offer is a half sister to 2 winners and is out of the seven time stakes winning mare Nik Nak.
Storm Cat son Black Minnaloushe, whose Triple Crown winning son Louis The King ranks as a leading contender for this year’s Gr1 J&B Met, is also the sire of lot 8 – a colt by the name of Night Air. Out of a half sister to Group 2 winning miler Bold Russian, this beautifully bred colt hails from the same family as Horse Of The Year and US legend Zenyatta as well as successful former SA sire Dancing Champ.
Champion sire Silvano is always hugely popular, and rightfully so, with buyers. The Maine Chance Farms’ star is the sire of lot 14, a colt called Pacific Electric. Out of a stakes placed daughter of sprint star Bluebird, this well bred colt is related to the top European champions Arazi and Noverre, as well as Varsfontein’s former top sire Caesour.
Another well bred Silvano colt is lot 46 – a full brother to Gr3 Champion Juvenile Cup hero Sedge (by the name of Silver Pine), while the sire is also responsible for a lovely filly out of an Al Mufti half sister to the top class graded stakes winning fillies Starlit and Sweet Theresa (Lot 61).
Champion Sire Silvano has some outstanding yearlings on the Premier Yearling Sale. His draft also includes a filly, lot 84, out of a four time winning own sister to G2 winner Grey Arrow from a classic French family, as well as a filly, lot 90, whose dam is a full sister in blood to legendary racehorse Horse Chestnut. Arrissa, the name of lot 97, is a classically bred Silvano filly, being out an Al Mufti, and thus bred on the same cross as champions Bold Silvano, Equina and Kings Gambit.
Another bred on this powerful cross, is lot 151, a filly by the name of Wahi. Already possessed of plenty of paddock value, she is out of former Gr2 SA Fillies Nursery winner Hawaiian Wahoo.
Hollywood Hills is the name of lot 153, and she is bred for stardom. Not only is she by a great sire in Silvano, but her Victory Moon sired dam is from one of Maine Chance’s best families, whose members include Met winner Imperious Sue, the latter’s Gr1 winning daughter Imperious Star as well as former Horse of The Year Victory Moon, who went on to sire the Gr1 winners Princess Victoria and War Horse in an all too brief stud career.
South Africa’s hottest sire Dynasty is the sire of lot 48, a colt named Shining Knight. He is a half brother to a German stakes winner, and is out of a half sister to two major Group 1 winners – with being Champion South African sire Silvano. A colt with a real sire’s pedigree!
Another red hot sire is the Drakenstein Stud resident Trippi, whose daughter Sunstrip is catalogued as lot 63. She is out of Gr2 winning sprinter Surabi – herself a half sister to the brilliant Gypsy’s Warning, whose three Grade 1 wins included the US Gr1 Matriarch Stakes.
The same sire is also responsible for lot 199, another really well bred yearling. This colt is out of the brilliant National Assembly mare Mocha Java, runner up in the Gr1 Compuaform Sprint, and this colt is bred on the hugely successful Trippi/National Assembly cross.
Oasis Dream is not only a world leading sire, but he also beginning to make his mark as a sire of sires. His Group 1 winning son Querari thus looks an exciting addition to the South African stallion band, and this top class performer has two lots on offer from Maine Chance. The first of the Queraris on offer is lot 67 – a beautifully bred half sister to two stakes winners, including R2 million earner and top Met contender Tellina. This is the same family as the mighty European champion Old Vic. Already named Touching, this is an exceptionally well related filly, and one for any buyers short list.
The second Querari on offer from the stud is lot 138, a colt whose Western Winter dam is a full sister to Horse of The Year Yard-Arm. A half brother to classy filly Fire Wheel, this colt has been named Forceful.
The late great Western Winter has enjoyed a great run of success this season, with his runners including the high class 3yos Cold As Ice and Kingvoldt, to name but two. He is the sire of two Maine Chance offered yearlings, and this sale offers buyers one of the last opportunities to acquire the stock of this great stallion. His first offering here is lot 68, a colt out of a stakes winning daughter of Lomitas (the sire of Silvano), and this classically bred colt’s relatives include French Derby hero Roi Lear.
Western Winter is also the sire of 135, a really beautifully bred colt whose dam Field Flower won the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas. The colt, who is yet to be named, shares his family with the likes of St Leger winner Touching Wood and legendary stallion Bold Ruler, to name but two.
Silvano’s July winning champion son Bold Silvano is represented by his first yearlings in 2015. His first draft includes lot 72, a colt whose second dam is the top class sprinter and outstanding broodmare Fair Spanish Lady, and lot 95, a colt out of the top class Gr2 placed mare Angel At My Table, whose relatives number former sprint champion Mythical Flight. This bay colt has been named Angel Landing.
Var, whose offspring include the recently retired dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club, has one lot on offer from Maine Chance. This is lot 185, a half brother to no fewer than four black type performers, including top sprinters Mocha Java and Mochachino, and the colt, Cortada is his name, is bred on the same Var/Fort Wood cross as Gr1 winning sprinter Contador.
Former L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate hero Gimmethegreenlight (one of the few horses ever to defeat the aforementioned Variety Club), is another with his first yearlings on sale. The son of world leading sire More Than Ready is the sire of lot 181, an unnamed bay colt, whose dam is a half sister to three stakes winners, including Gr1 July third Bound By Honour, who went onto subsequently win 16 races, with his victories including scores in South Africa and Germany.