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 horses in the straight, Fred Crabbia’s three-year-old produced a whirlwind finish and swooped late to snatch victory on the line.
An own brother to Gr.3 Graham Beck Stakes winner Whistle Stop, Sabbatical is out of the Rich Man’s Gold mare Gap Year, whose yearling colt, also by Silvano, will be offered at the upcoming National Sale.
The following day, three-year-old daughters Chariot Of Gold and Our Shining Star boosted their sire’s already impressive arsenal of classic prospects when filling the first two places in Turffontein’s Listed Oaks Trial.
Chariot Of Gold worked herself to the front at the 1200m mark and was not for the catching, running on resolutely to score hands down from the fast-finishing Our Shining Star.
Chariot Of Gold is raced in partnership by Bernard Kantor, Chris van Niekerk and trainer Sean Tarry, and is out of Jallad mare Quest For Gold, a stakes winning half-sister to SA Derby and Durban July hero Pomodoro (Jet Master).
Silvano should hold a strong hand in the Gr.1 SA Oaks, in May, where Chariot Of Gold and Our Shining Star are likely to be joined by Silver Thursday, who will seek to make amends for her narrow loss in the Gr.2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas.