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Joking, becoming serious

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Joking, a juvenile daughter of Querari, broke her maiden in the best possible way, with a stylish stakes victory. Facing her sternest test to date, the Maine Chance-bred filly took on stakes winning colts in the Listed Dahlia Plate at Fairview, and passed with flying colours. Approaching the final furlong nearer the back of the… read more

Classic Treble for Silvano

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No stallion has dominated a single weekend as Silvano has done. In the space of 24 hours, our champion sired three Classic winners on two different race courses, and a champion son made a triumphant return to action. For the second time in history, our champion sired the winners of both the Gr.1 SA Derby… read more

Silvano flush with a number of exciting three-year-olds

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Silvano is flush with a number of exciting three-year-olds this season. This was underlined at Turffontein’s Classic meeting. Having sired the first two home in the March Gr.2 Gauteng Guineas, this time it was Silvano’s daughter, Orchid Island, who provided him with a coveted Gr.1 success, when she landed the SA Fillies Classic, sponsored by… read more

Southern Hemisphere Apex

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Oppenheim: Southern Hemisphere Apex Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | By Bill Oppenheim It’s been pretty hot down south so far in 2017, literally as well as figuratively. It’s been a while since we turned the APEX focus to the Southern Hemisphere, so it seems like a good time to take a fresh look. As always,… read more

Dominant Silvano

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The result of Saturday’s R1-million Gr.2 Gauteng Guineas once again underlined Silvano’s ability to dominate major stakes races. On Met day, his daughters Nightingale and Star Expess hogged the limelight in the Gr.1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, and it was more of the same at Turffontein when his sons Janoobi and Al Sahem fought out a… read more

Banner Hill – G3 winning stakes debut

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Maine Chance-bred Banner Hill completed a Gr.3 double for Maine Chance on Queen’s Plate Day – in the marathon Gr.3 Chairman’s Cup over 3200m. Banner Hill – making his stakes debut in this lung-bursting event, the Glen Kotzen runner took the step up in class in his stride, with a rattling come-from-behind victory. The newly-minted stakes… read more

Silvano – stamping his authority

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Silvano stamped his authority on the coveted Gr.1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes in no uncertain manner when he sired the first two across the line, in addition to which he also featured as the broodmare sire of the third-placed runner. In what was without a doubt the finish of Kenilworth’s showpiece Met meeting, his daughters Nightingale… read more

Maine Chance bred HORIZON set for Cape Derby G1

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While he may not have beaten much, the high-profile Dynasty colt Horizon put together a convincing performance and booked his ticket into the Investec Cape Derby G1 when winning the R250 000 Gr3 Politician Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday. Trying the 1800m for the first time, the handsome colt rose to the occasion and suggested that… read more

Time Odyssey – 2nd in Singapore G1

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Maine Chance-bred Time Odyssey was rewarded with his first Gr.1 black type this past weekend when he ran out a game second in the Dester Singapore Gold Cup at Kranji, the third leg of the Singapore Triple Crown. In a slow-run race, the Pat Shaw-trained five-year-old chased home long-time leader Bahana (Elusive City) and fell… read more