Silver Operator Scores Pinnacle Stakes Win

Last season’s G3 Cape Classic winner Silver Operator stamped himself a horse to watch this season when he won a competitive looking pinnacle stakes (1400m) at Kenilworth on Wednesday afternoon.

Trained by Vaughan Marshall, four-year-old Silver Operator was sent off 11-10 favourite for Wednesday’s Pinnacle Stakes following a smart comeback run which saw the colt finish third to flying filly Run Fox Run over a trip short of his best.

Wednesday’s race lost a lot of its interest following the scratching of triple G1 winner Rainbow Bridge, but still proved an enthralling affair.

The favourite Silver Operator’s stablemate Captain Of Stealth (17-4) overcame a slow start and rushed round the field to make the running.

The front runner kept finding into the home straight, but the ever wily Anton Marcus knew what he had under him, and Marcus delivered Silver Operator with a strong run down the inside.

The favourite stayed on nicely to best his game stablemate by three-parts of a length, with Photocopy (9-1) staying on for third spot. Runner up Captain Of Stealth came out of the race with a great deal of credit, having had an interrupted preparation and a less than perfect trip during the race itself.

Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Silver Operator has now won three of just seven starts and he could well be a contender for the G2 Green Point Stakes later in the season.

A son of pensioned multiple champion sire Silvano, Silver Operator was a R700 000 buy from the 2018 April Yearling Sale.

Wednesday’s winner is out of the Captain Al sired Swallow Stakes winner Sting Operation -herself a daughter of G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Roxanne.

NB: Images is of a previous win for Silver Operator.