Cape treble for champion sire
Maine Chance Farms (sponsors of Saturday’s Gr1 Paddock Stakes) is home to last season’s Champion Sire, Silvano.
The latter enjoyed a hatrick of winners at Kenilworth last Saturday with his offspring Silvane Spring, Silver Image and Silver Bluff all winning for their great sire.
Silvane Spring, who was bred by Moutonshoek, broke her maiden in convincing style for trainer Brett Crawford in the third race of the day. Her paternal half-brother, Silver Image, doubled up for Silvano in the fourth race, when scoring over 1600m.
A three parts brother to Vodacom Durban July champion Bold Silvano, Silver Image (bred by Daytona Stud) was a R400 000 buy at the 2012 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book 2).
Silvano’s third Kenilworth winner this past weekend came in the form of the highly regarded Silver Bluff. The Mike Stewart trained gelding earned the third victory of his career when running on too strongly for his nine rivals over 1200m.
Bred by the Drakenstein Stud, Silver Bluff (whose dam is a full sister to former East Cape Derby winner Key Castle and a half-sister to Gr1 Gold Cup hero Major Bluff) is from the same family as ARCSA Champions Bluffing, and Tecla Bluff.
Champion Sire in South Africa for the 2012-2013 season, Silvano is the sire of 45 stakes winners to date – including 13 Grade One winners.
His 3yos this season include Gr3 Graham Beck Stakes hero Whistle Stop, and Arion (a runner in Saturday’s Politician Stakes).
Silvano, who smashed the season record for a sire’s earnings in 2012-2013, was represented by no fewer than six Grade One winners in 2013 – including German Derby hero Lucky Speed.
The sire of two Durban July winners (Bold Silvano, Heavy Metal), Silvano has a star studded group of yearlings entered on the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
The stallion’s draft of 25 yearlings include a half-brother to Gr1 winner Potala Palace, a half-brother to former Cape Fillies Guineas winner Sparkling Gem, a filly out of the top-class National Assembly mare Golden Shina, and a half-sister to the very exciting, potential Derby horse, Helderberg Blue.