Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding resident sire, and South Africa’s reigning champion sire, Silvano made waves at Sha Tin on Saturday when his Maine Chance bred son Chefano (formerly known as Vacquero) landed the HKG3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m) for trainer John Moore and jockey Matthew Chadwick.
Chefano picked up his second Hong Kong win on Sunday when he bested the French bred Savvy Nine by two and a quarter lengths, with former G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner Helene Charisma another two lengths back in third spot.
Sixth over 2000m at his penultimate start, Chefano won twice in South Africa, where he also finished third, to now fellow Hong Kong residents Monks Hood and Seerite, in the G2 Dingaans of 2017.
A 96th stakes winner for his sire, Chefano was produced by five time winning Al Mufti mare Valdovino, and is thus bred on the same Silvano/Al Mufti cross as G1 winners Al Sahem, Bold Silvano and Kings Gambit.
Four times champion sire in South Africa, Silvano is once again heading this country’s general sires list, with his current flagbearers headed by G1 Gauteng Chris Gerber Summer Cup winner Zillzaal, exported Cape Guineas winner Kilindini, unbeaten G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic winner Summer Pudding and champion Hawwaam.
Also sire of the hugely promising sire Vercingetorix, Silvano (whose SA yearlings have made up to R9 000 000), has an exceptional draft on offer at this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale with his draft including yearlings out of such G1 winning mares as Lauderdale, Pine Princess, Princess Victoria, River Jetez and outstanding producers Halfway To Heaven and Our Table Mountain