Ascot Stud’s homebred and resident sire Bold Silvano has made a pleasing start to his stud career, and the champion son of Silvano had yet another first crop winner on Friday.
His daughter Silva Key (bred by the Ascot Stud) broke her maiden at just the second time of asking when successful in a maiden juvenile plate over 1000m.
The juvenile filly narrowly prevailed in the 1000m contest and provided her sire with his third first crop winner in the process. Silva Key, who is out of the Sportsworld mare Recondite, was a bargain R85 000 buy at last year’s National 2YO Sale.
Bold Silvano, whose previous winners included the first out scores Besotted and Bold Rex, had yearlings fetch up to R350 000 at the recent National Yearling Sale –which certainly represents a fine return on his R15 000 stud fee!
One of three Vodacom Durban July winners for former champion South African sire Silvano, Bold Silvano is out of the useful Listed Flamboyant Stakes runner up Bold Saffron, a daughter of Ascot’s former resident champion sire Al Mufti (also damsire of the successful Cape sire Jay Peg).
The former Equus Champion was as versatile as he was brilliant, with his seven wins coming at distances ranging from 1100-2200m. Bold Silvano, who won or placed in eight graded races, scored his signature win in the 2010 G1 Vodacom Durban July and also accounted for the top class international G1 winners Al Shemali, Gitano Hernando and Crowded House in the G3 Maktoum Challenge (Round 2) of 2011.