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SABIANGO dies at the age of 21

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Gestüt Fährhof in Germany has reported the death of its three-time group/grade 1 winner Sabiango at the age of 21. Sabiango was a true son of Fährhof, as he was by the stud’s brilliant racecourse performer and sire Acatenango and out of its excellent broodmare Spirit of Eagles, who also produced Arlington Million (G1) and Audemars Piguet… read more

Red-Letter Day for Silvano

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The Cape Guineas meeting at Kenilworth proved to be a red-letter day for Silvano, our champion weighing in with a trio of winners, amongst which Kilindini, who claimed the R1-million Gr.1 mile classic while making his stakes debut. Brett Crawford’s previously unexposed colt dashed to the inside rail at the top of the straight, delivered the… read more

ZILLZAAL takes R2-Million Summer Cup G1

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The month of November ended on a smashing high for Silvano when he sired the first and third across the line in the rich 2000 m Gr.1 Summer Cup at Turffontein, barely a week after his unbeaten daughter Summer Pudding had captured the Gr.3 Fillies Mile. In addition, the result also catapulted him straight back… read more

SUMMER PUDDING wins the G3 Fillies Mile

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Making her first foray into stakes company, Silvano’s daughter Summer Pudding put up a scintillating effort to claim the Gr.3 Fillies Mile at Turffontein and become her sire’s 84th locally-bred stakes winner, while stretching her perfect record to three from three. The race developed into a bit of a scramble as several fillies threw down… read more

SILVER OPERATOR – Guineas Prospect

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Silvano’s three-year-old son, Silver Operator, stamped himself a proper Guineas prospect with a first stakes victory in the Gr.3 Cape Classic at Kenilworth. Sent off a warm favourite, the Vaughan Marshall-trained colt lived up to the hype. He picked it up in mid-stretch and once on the lead, galloped on resolutely, while holding the charge… read more

Querari’s Mill Queen

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Querari’s three-year-old Mill Queen opened her three-year-old season on a triumphant note when she registered a first stakes success in the Gr.3 HSH Princess Charlene Starling Stakes at Turffontein. Not seen out for 98 days, the David Nieuwenhuizen-trained filly launched a strong challenge up the inside, to draw alongside Vercingetorix’s Maine Chance-bred daughter Wisteria Walk… read more

Waldgeist wins the Gr1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

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Sunday’s thrilling Gr1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victory for Galileo’s son Waldgeist may have been a deflationary moment for the romantics shouting the history hungry Enable home, but it was an iconic occasion all round for one of South Africa’s leading breeders, Dr Andreas Jacobs, who acquired Maine Chance from Graham Beck shortly after… read more

Another G1 winner for Erupt’s sire Dubawi

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Ghaiyyath, a son of Dubawi, produced a stunning run to win the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden on Sunday, 1 September at Baden-Baden. A winner of the G2 Prix d’Harcourt earlier in the season, the four-year-old colt made virtually all of the running under jockey William Buick. Proving too good for the chasing pack, Ghaiyyath was… read more

ERUPT’S half-brother breaks his maiden in the UK

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Maine Chance Farms’ regally bred young stallion Erupt gained yet another update to his impressive pedigree when his two-year-old half-brother Visible Charm (by Invincible Spirit) got off the mark, when victorious at Nottingham on Friday. Trained by Charlie Appleby, Visible Charm justified his 11-8 favouritism status by running out a comfortable one and a quarter length… read more