Maine Chance Farms’ champion sire Silvano dominated proceedings in the finish to Saturday’s G2 Kuda Gold Bracelet.
With four runners representing Silvano in the race, his daughters Miyabi Gold and Epona ran first and third in the 2000m contest, with the Justin Snaith MIyabi Gold prevailing by a short head in the R400 000 contest.
Bred by Daytona Stud, three-year-old Miyabi Gold was partnered to victory by jockey Mark Khan, who coaxed enough out of his mount for the pair to get up and deny G2 Daisy Fillies Guineas winner Gimme Six a narrow victory.
Miyabi Gold, fourth at her last start to G1 Sun Met winner Oh Susanna in the G1 Woolavington 2000, has now won three of only six races and has banked R420 000 in stakes.
She was one of three weekend winners for Silvano, with the latter’s dual Algoa Cup winning son Nebula scoring over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday, and Silvano 2yo gelding Arrows Of Desire shedding his maiden in open company at Turffontein on Sunday.
A half-sister to G3 Campanajo 2200 winner Ultimate Dollar, Miyabi Gold is out of the stakes placed Western Winter mare Mkushi Gold and is thus bred on the same Silvano/Western Winter cross as graded winners Black Arthur, Strathdon and Wind Chill.
Miyabi Gold is the third daughter of Silvano to win the Gold Bracelet following Gallica Rose and Nightingale.
The sire of 20 G1 winners (including four Vodacom Durban July winners), Silvano has enjoyed another memorable season in 2017-2018 with his stars including G2 Zabeel Mile hero Janoobi and fellow graded stakes winners Bella Sonata, Strathdon, Simply Royal, Star Express, and Vodacom Durban July third Elusive Silva.