Maine Chance Farms’ reigning champion sire Silvano looks to have a well above average sort on his hands in the form of Pietro Mascagni.
The latter scored an eye catching win over 1500m at the Vaal Classic track on Thursday for trainer Mike de Kock and champion jockey Anthony Delpech.
A fluent winner on debut, Pietro Mascagni was ill-suited by the pace set in the G2 Investec Dingaans when running downfield behind Monks Hood but he made amends with a convincing win over older, hard knocking rivals on Thursday.
Delpech commented after the impressive win on Thursday, “This is a smart horse. He has a beautiful action and is a very smart individual.”
Bred by Varsfontein Stud, Pietro Mascagni was the top priced colt sold off the 2016 National Yearling Sale, where he was knocked down for R2 300 000 to Shadwell South Africa.
He has now won two of just three starts and looks destined for bigger and better things.
Out of the Western Winter mare Jodie, Pietro Mascagni is bred on the same Silvano/Western Winter cross as graded stakes winners Black Arthur, Strathdon and Wind Chill.
His sire Silvano will be strongly represented in Saturday week’s G1 features at Kenilworth, with Silvano sired champion Marinaresco a runner in the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Silvano daughters Nightingale, Silvan Star, Star Express, Orchid Island and Wind Chill all contesting the G1 Cartier Farms Paddock Stakes.
Twice champion sire in South Africa, Silvano has 19 lots on offer at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, including a colt bred on the same cross as Pietro Mascagni (Lot 36).