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Silver God Lifts Wolf Power 1600

Regally bred five-year-old Silver God picked up an overdue first feature race win when the Silvano gelding won the Listed Wolf Power 1600 (1600m) at Turffontein on Wednesday meeting.

Wednesday’s meeting had been due to take place the previous Saturday but heavy rain and inclement weather had forced the meeting to be postponed until Wednesday.

The Klawervlei Stud-bred Silver God was the object of sustained pre-race support, with the gelding backed from 16-1 to 7-1, despite connections expressing concerns over the state of the going.

Always travelling well under Luke Ferraris, Silver God raced just off the pacesetting Captain Of Tortuga (16-1), with Unagi racing just outside of the eventual winner. The well-fancied D’Arrivee (38-10) was seven lengths off the speed, with tote favourite Green Haze (9-2) racing in last for much of Wednesday’s 1600m contest.

Ferraris bought Silver God with a well-timed run down the inside, and the pair hit the front just over 100m from home.
Despite D’Arrivee running on strongly down the centre of the track, Silver God found a little bit extra and held on to score a well-judged three-parts of a length win.

D’Arrivee was game in second, with favourite Green Haze (who was giving the winner 5.5kgs) running on too late for third.

Silver God claimed his 5th win, from 27 starts, in a time of 97.4. He is trained by Sean Tarry for the latter’s leading owner Chris Van Niekerk, with Silver God’s earnings reaching R377 112 with Wednesday’s win.

Silver God, third over 1600m at his penultimate start, is the 94th stakes winner for South Africa’s reigning champion sire Silvano.

The gelding lacks nothing in pedigree, with Silver God the third stakes winner produced by Fort Wood’s daughter Pagan Princess. The latter, a winning half-sister to UAE Derby winner Victory Moon and Equus Champion Kelly, is also the dam of the Klawervlei Stud based sire, and G1 Cape Guineas hero, William Longsword, and G1 SA Fillies Sprint victress Real Princess.