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Super Weekend For Super Silvano

Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding stallion Silvano, who is on course to be champion sire in South Africa for a fifth time this season, dominated feature race action in South Africa this weekend.

Silvano was responsible for no fewer than seven winners in South Africa this weekend, and was responsible for a pair of graded stakes winners at Turffontein on Saturday as well as Hollywoodbets Greyville the following day.

His champion son Hawwaam made it win number ten from just 13 starts when he won Saturday’s G1 World Sports Betting Premier’s Champions Challenge (2000m) at Turffontein for trainer Mike de Kock, owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum and jockey Callan Murray.

Hawwaam, who had also won the Premier’s Champions Challenge last year, was making his probable swansong in South Africa with an international campaign likely for the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred colt. Last season’s Equus Champion 3YO Colt, and now a five time G1 winner, Hawwaam took his earnings to R6 769 775 with his win on Saturday.

Progressive three-year-old Imperial Ruby became Silvano’s 97th stakes winner when he won Saturday’s G3 Bidvest Gold Bowl (3200m) for trainer Corne Spies, owners Messrs A Pawson, Xander Spies, Mrs Suzette Viljoen & Corne Spies Racing (Pty) Ltd, and jockey Piere Strydom.

Bred, like Hawwaam, by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, the blue blooded Imperial Ruby came from last to get up win the 2020 Gold Bowl. (He is the second Silvano sired runner to win the Gold Bowl in as many years, with the sire’s Sunshine Silk having won the same race last year).

Remarkably, Silvano once again came up with a graded race double on Sunday, when his daughters Silvano’s Pride and Summer Pudding won the G2 Tibouchina Stakes and G1 Woolavington 2000 respectively.

A shoe-in to be named Equus Champion 3YO filly in August, the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Summer Pudding made it seven wins from as many starts when she downed a top class field to land the Woolavington. The Paul Peter trained filly, one of just three fillies to sweep South African Triple Tiara, was ridden to victory by Warren Kennedy.

She is second Silvano daughter in as many years to win the Woolavington 2000, with last year’s winner Silvano’s Pride landing Sunday’s Tibouchina Stakes in front running fashion.

Silvano is also the sire of fellow Maine Chance Farms’ stallion, and Equus Champion, Vercingetorix. The latter went close to supplying his first G1 winner as a sire, when his first-crop son Padre Pio finished a close up second in Sunday’s G1 Daily News 2000 this weekend.

Winner of the 2001 Arlington Million, Silvano (whose yearlings have made up to R9 000 000) has an excellent draft on offer at this year’s National Sale.

Wilgerbosdrift's Lot 185: Celestial City (Silvano x Halfway To Heaven) colt

Wilgerbosdrift’s Lot 185: Celestial City (Silvano x Halfway To Heaven) colt

The son of Lomitas’ National Sale draft includes a full-brother (Lot 185) to Hawwaam, a filly (Lot 247) out of G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Lauderdale, a filly (Lot 273) out of Fillies Guineas winner Maybe Yes, a colt (Lot 329) out of G1 SA Oaks winner Pine Princess, and a colt (Lot 341) out of champion, and multiple G1 winner, Princess Victoria.