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Querari’s Head Honcho strikes again

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Querari’s son Head Honcho demonstrated that attribute so prized in a thoroughbred, courage and tenacity, when he registered his first Graded success in Greyville’s Gr.3 Betting World 2200 on July day. With no pace on, jockey Keagan de Melo boldly sent Sabine Plattner’s homebred to the front fully 1000m from home and that is where… read more

Silvano’s Dominance

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The dominance of Silvano was never more evident than in the Gr.2 Gold Bracelet at Greyville on Gold Cup day. In a pulsating finish to the 2000m race, our champion sire ended the season on a high by siring three of the first five runners across the line. Victory went to his lightly-raced three-year-old daughter… read more

GOLDEN SPRINT DAY DOUBLE

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Maine Chance-bred runners  had a field day at Scottsville’s famed Golden Sprint meeting, winning two of the four prestigious Gr.1 races. Pathfork filly Mighty High, on just her second racetrack appearance, initiated the double in the Allan Robertson Championship. Approaching the final furlong, the juvenile was caught behind a wall of horses with nowhere to… read more

PLANO – PERFECTION OVER 3600m

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Silvano continued his stranglehold on South Africa’s longest race, the 3600m Port Elizabeth Gold Cup when Maine Chance-bred Plano captured the lung-bursting event to provide his sire with a fourth win in the past six years. He joins Silvano’s excellent staying son Crown Of Gold, who contested the marathon race three times and dominated on… read more

Silvano’s son Elusive Silva

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If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Fifth in last year’s Gr.2 Betting World 1900, Silvano’s son Elusive Silva made no mistake this time round and overcame the extreme outside draw to redeem himself in fine style. Racing amongst the backmarkers early on, jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe switched the chestnut to the centre… read more

Sommerlied bounced back to best in the Gr.3 Poinsettia Stakes

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Maine Chance Farms’ homebred Sommerlied bounced back to best in the Gr.3 Poinsettia Stakes up the Scottsville straight, thus throwing her hat into the ring for the Gr.1 SA Fillies Sprint on 27 May. Returning from a three-month break, the fleet-footed daughter of Var snapped a three-race losing streak with a determined neck victory over… read more

Silvano – A Weekend To Remember

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Silvano had another weekend to remember when, in the space of just 24 hours, he added two new stakes winners to his ever growing tally. On 30 March, at Fairview in Port Elizabeth, gelded son Sabbatical earned classic honours with his last gasp success in the Listed East Cape Guineas. Caught behind a wall of… read more

Querari – Building On His Success

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Querari’s progeny continue to build on the success of their sire as the season progresses. Whilst his soon to be exported star son, Monks Hood, was a much-missed absentee from the line-up of Turffontein’s Gr.1 SA Classic, the sprinter Pinnacle Peak went a long way to filling that void with a visually impressive maiden stakes… read more

Silvano & Querari Rise To The Occasion

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Maine Chance stallions once again rose to the occasion at Turffontein’s Guineas meeting, with their respective progeny accounting for two of the four graded stakes on the card. The sophomore colts division has a new poster boy in the shape of Querari’s ultra-talented son Monks Hood. Trained by Alistair Gordon, the Wilgerbosdrift colour bearer rose… read more