The co-op purchased the colt from breeder John Slade. Wavin’ Flag lacked nothing for pedigree being a son of Maine Chance Farms’ champion sire Silvano and the high-class racemare Garland. He was one of a staggering nine stakes winners produced by Silvano’s 2009 foal crop – which also produced fellow Gr1 winners Do You Remember and Vercingetorix. Ironically, this crop also included Hot Ticket, an unlucky fourth in Saturday’s Gold Cup.
However, like many high-class stayers, Wavin’ Flag took time to develop into himself. He failed to make his reserve when the co-op took him to the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Unfortunately, it was a similar story when Wavin’ Flag went to the National 2YO Sale. As a result of the colt failing to make his reserve, Grant Knowles and Adrian Todd, who had always like the slow developing colt, decided to put together a syndicate and race him in parternship.
The rest, is, as they say, history. To date, Wavin’ Flag’s three career victories have netted his connections a hefty R1.05 million in prize money, and the 4yo could yet add substantially more to this total.