G1 Cape Guineas

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December 21, 2019

South Africa’s reigning champion sire Silvano was responsible for a feature race double at Kenilworth on Saturday with his champion son Hawwaam landing the G2 Premier Trophy and his exciting son Kilindini landing the day’s main feature, the G1 Cape Guineas.

Tellingly, perhaps, both colts are out of daughters of seven times champion sire, and last season’s South African champion broodmare sire, Jet Master.

Trained by Brett Crawford, the Varsfontein Stud bred Kilindini had won two of his five starts going into Saturday’s R1 000 000 feature for 3yos, but had a wide draw of 11 to overcome and was allowed to start an 8-1 shot, as his paternal half-brother, and G3 Cape Classic winner, Silver Operator was sent off tote favourite for the 2019 Cape Guineas.

Outsider Viking Moon went out to make the running, as jockey Corne Orffer got Kilindini over from a wide draw to race up just off the leader.

Turning for home, Orffer sent Kilindini for home 400m out, and the pair kept galloping powerfully to record a visually impressive 1.75 length win, with the Kotzen trained Viva Rio running on stoutly for second place.

Macthief ran on smartly for third, to provide Crawford with a 1-3 finish to the Cape Guineas, as the promising, and well bred, Wild Coast took fourth spot.

Now a winner of three of only six starts, Kilindini claimed the Cape Guineas in a time of 99.83.

Owned by Edmond Siu, Kilindini was a R2 800 000 buy from the draft of Varsfontein Stud at the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

The colt is the 24th G1 winner, and 92nd stakes winner, sired by Silvano – sire of 2019 Cape Guineas also-rans Silver Operator and Sachdev.

Kilindini is out of the three time winning mare Kiss And Fly, who ran third in the Ladies Mile, and his granddam is former South African champion, and G1 Natal Oaks winner, Kiss Of Peace.

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