Silvano’s Pride Lands Tibouchina Thriller

Maine Chance Farms’ remarkable sire Silvano enjoyed his third graded win in two days when his high-class daughter Silvano’s Pride landed Sunday’s G2 Tibouchina Stakes (1400m) at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

Silvano had enjoyed a graded double at Turffontein the previous day, when his Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred sons Hawwaam and Imperial Ruby won the G1 World Sports Betting Premier’s Champions Challenge and G3 Bidvest Gold Bowl respectively, and Silvano’s Pride provided her multiple champion sire with more graded race success with her fluent win on Sunday.

Betting for the Tibouchina Stakes, a WFA plus penalties race for fillies and mares, was topped by dual G3 winner Temple Grafin (43-20), who was bidding to give trainer Glen Kotzen his third success on the day.

However, after pulling on the way to start and racing wide, Temple Grafin flattened out to finish a disappointing seventh.

In contrast, the Keagan De Melo ridden Silvano’s Pride was always prominent in the running of Sunday’s 1400m contest, and, when asked the question, the chestnut skipped clear to record a 2.3 length win for trainer Justin Snaith. Silvano’s Pride’s Australia sired stable mate Sleeping Single (20-1) took second, with Master Of My Fate filly Master Keys finishing third.

One of two G1 winners in Sunday’s race, and conceding her opponents from 1.5kgs to 4.5kgs, Silvano’s Pride claimed this year’s Tibouchina Stakes in a time of 84.97.

The Tibouchina Stakes provided trainer Justin Snaith with yet another feature race success in this season’s KwaZulu-Natal season, with Snaith not only saddling the winner but also the runner up Sleeping Single.

Owned and bred by Anthony Peter, four-year-old Silvano’s Pride has now won five of her 15 starts, with the filly’s previous successes including the 2019 G1 Woolavington 2000.

Silvano’s Pride, one of 97 stakes winners for Silvano, is out of the Jet Master mare Mary’s Pride, a four time winning daughter of G3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Jalberry.

Images: Candiese Lenferna Photography