While Silvano’s domination of stakes races has been well documented – his progeny having filled the top two or three spots in many of the country’s premier races – that ability now appears to have rubbed off on barn mate, Querari.
The son of Oasis Dream took a leaf out of our champion’s book when he sired the first three past the post in the Listed Ruffian Stakes at Turffontein.
Victory in the 1000m dash went to his Maine Chance-bred daughter Dagmar, who surged into the lead at the 200m mark and was not for the catching, crossing the line just over two lengths clear of paternal half-sister River Rafting, with Urban Oasis making it a clean sweep by filling the third spot.
Co-incidentally, Dagmar’s victory was also a notable landmark for the China Horse Club, as she is the first South African stakes winner for the powerful international racing entity, whose representative Mick Flanagan purchased the filly as a yearling. She is the first foal of our accomplished homebred Daffodil Day, a diminutive daughter of Silvano, who made up in talent for what she lacked in inches and retired to the Maine Chance paddocks an eight-time winner with a string of black-type efforts to her name.
Dagmar also continued Querari’s fine run of success, her stakes victory coming a week after the stunning tour de force by star sophomore son Monk’s Hood in the Gr.2 Gauteng Guineas.
Significantly, Dagmar is also the fourth of Querari’s nine stakes winners bred from a daughter of Silvano.