Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding sire Silvano had his umpteenth feature race double when his sons Hawwaam and Imperial Ruby captured Saturday’s G1 World Sports Betting Premier’s Champions Challenge and G3 Bidvest Gold Bowl respectively.
Remarkably, it is a second year in a row that Silvano progeny have won the Premier’s Champions Challenge and Gold Bowl, with Hawwaam landing last year’s Champions Challenge and Silvano daughter Sunshine Silk winning the 2019 Gold Bowl.
Both Imperial Ruby and Hawwaam were bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein.
Progressive three-year-old Imperial Ruby scored a courageous win in Saturday’s Gold Bowl, when flying up late, under inform jockey Piere Strydom to beat favourite Factor Fifty by a head.
Trained by Corne Spies, Imperial Ruby has now won four of his 15 starts, with his latest win taking his earnings to R268 350.
The gelding had previous finished third in the G3 Sea Cottage Stakes, but was claiming his first stakes success on Saturday.
Imperial Ruby is the 97th stakes winner for South Africa’s reigning champion sire Silvano, who is also responsible for this season’s G1 winners Hawwaam, Kilindini, Summer Pudding and Zillzaal.
The sire of more than 170 stakes horses, four times champion South African sire Silvano has 30 lots on offer at this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.