Maine Chance’s main man well represented on Met Day
Leading Cape stallion Silvano has really been in the headlines of late.
Not only did his son, Racing Free, top the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, when fetching R3.25 million, but Silvano is also remarkably well represented on Met day – the Cape’s biggest racing and social day of the year.
The Lomitas horse, who has been such a consistent producer of high-class stock, has at least one runner in all four of the day’s graded features.
In the first feature race, the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, Silvano has a pair of runners (Silvano’s Jet, Ze Kaiser).
The following feature, the Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, sees the consistent Frequent Flyer representing her sire.
There are no fewer than four Silvano sons lining up in the day’s main feature, the R2 500 000 J& B Met. These are Martial Eagle, Bravura, Ice Machine and Bulsara – in other words Silvano’s sons make up ¼ of the 16 horse field.
It is a real achievement for one stallion to have 25% of the runners in any feature – much less one of the country’s very top races.
In Saturday’s final feature, the Gr2 J&B Reserve Stayers, the stallion is represented by Punta Arenas and Crown of Gold in what is traditionally a very open race.
Silvano is also the broodmare sire of Tour de Var – a runner in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes.
Standing at Maine Chance Farms, Silvano’s listed fee for last season was R120,000