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 Miyabi Gold, who put her head down on the line to get the better of stable companion Gimme Six by a whisker. One could have tossed a blanket over the first six, as Silvano four-year-old Epona – the proverbial meat in the sandwich – finished a head back in third, while our homebred Girl On The Run ran a close-up fifth.
Remarkably, Miyabi Gold was by far the least experienced runner in the line-up and was winning for the third time in just six starts. In her penultimate start, she had given notice of her well-being when she ran a splendid fourth in the Gr.1 Woolavington 2000, beaten just over two lengths by superstar Oh Susanna.
With few miles on the clock, she should really come into her own at four and looks a fine prospect for trainer Justin Snaith and owner/breeder Robin Hamilton, who races the filly in partnership with Nic Jonsson.
Daytona-bred Miyabi Gold is Silvano’s 75th locally-bred stakes winner and is out of the stakes-placed Western Winter mare Mkushi Gold, whose previous foals include Ultimate Dollar (Jet Master), winner of the Gr.3 ‘Consolation July+ for the same partnership in 2015.
This was just one of many occasions during the past season where Silvano fillies took home the bulk of the prize money in a stakes race. At Kenilworth, Miyabi Gold’s stable companion Star Express led home a Silvano trifecta in the Gr.3 Victress Stakes; at Turffontein Chariot Of Gold landed the Listed Oaks Trial over Our Shining Star; Parabola just beat Premier Dance in Greyville’s The Scarlet Lady. And lest we forget, Simply Royal forged clear to win Turffontein’s Gr.3 Acacia Handicap, with Sylvan On Fire back in third.