Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding stallion Silvano was responsible for his 95th stakes winner when his consistent son Born To Perform captured the Listed Kings Cup (1600m) at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday afternoon.
Trained by Dennis Bosch, the Highlands bred grey made it win number six, from just 12 starts, when downing G3 Byerley Turk winner Tristful by half a length to land Sunday’s R150 000 feature under jockey Warren Kennedy.
Five-year-old Born To Perform, the first stakes winner out of multiple G1 winning champion Dancer’s Daughter and one of two runners in the Kings Cup by Silvano, had previously finished second in the Listed Christmas Handicap and third in the Listed Michael Roberts Handicap, and Sunday’s victory took his earnings to R490 250.
His sire Silvano, who has been champion sire in South Africa on four occasions, is enjoying another fantastic season in 2019-2020, and Born To Perform is Silvano’s ninth stakes winner this season, with the sire’s other notable representatives in 2019-2020 including G1 winners Kilindini, Summer Pudding and Zillzaal.
Silvano, whose yearlings in South Africa have made up to R9 000 000, has 36 yearlings on offer at the 2020 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, including a three-parts brother (Lot 106) to Born To Perform.