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We say goodbye to our beloved Champion

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Today is a very sad day for the Jacobs family, Maine Chance Farms, Gestüt Fährhof and the South African Racing and Breeding Industry, as we bid farewell to the kind, gentle Champion Silvano. Silvano was humanely euthanased at the age of 25 after a serious bout of colic yesterday evening. He enjoyed a year of… read more

A Champion and a Gentleman

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The announcement that Silvano had retired from stud duties produced a flood of emotions. There was sadness that the production line had stopped and relief that it was ‘just’ retirement. Mostly, there is gratitude, for the tremendous privilege of knowing this exceptional horse, and for everything he has meant to so many participants in the… read more

The dominance of Silvano’s progeny

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Few superlatives remain to describe the dominance of Silvano’s progeny. A quartet of Graded wins topped by a superb Gr.1 double, highlighted yet another banner weekend for our mighty stalwart. At Turffontein on Saturday, we bade farewell to one of Silvano’s finest gallopers, the colt Hawwaam, who is set to continue his career on the… read more

Querari’s daughter Herrin wins the Lady’s Slipper

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Querari’s excellent recent run of juvenile successes continued unabated when his two-year-old daughter Herrin scored a runaway victory in the Listed Lady’s Slipper Stakes at Fairview. Allan Greeff’s charge pounced at the 300m mark and strode away to come home unharassed, leaving her rivals trailing by more than three lengths at the line. Fresh off… read more

Querari churning out the winners

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That Querari is churning out the winners at a rate of knots, would be understatement. At the Turffontein meeting on Monday, juvenile son Action Packed swept to a two-length maiden success to become his sire’s eighth individual winner in the space of less than a week. Querari’s hot streak started with a fine treble of… read more

Miyabi Gold wins Listed East Coast Cup

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Silvano’s talented daughter Miyabi Gold proved there’s no substitute for class when she raced to a scintillating victory in the Listed East Coast Cup at Greyville. Stepping out for the first time since finishing just out of the frame in the February 1 Gr.1 Majorca Stakes, Justin Snaith’s class act was let loose by Anton… read more

Maine Chance stallions dominate the Gr.3 Strelitzia Stakes

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Maine Chance stallions dominated the outcome of the Gr.3 Strelitzia Stakes at Scottsville, while providing Vercingetorix with a newly-minted stakes winner, his fifth overall. Restricted to juvenile fillies, this 1100m dash up the straight was widely expected to be at the mercy of unbeaten Var filly Delta Queen. However, after disputing the lead with Querari’s… read more

Silvano G1 & G2 Double

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He’s back. Silvano’s brilliant son Hawwaam added a fourth Gr.1 win to his resumé on what proved to be a red-letter day for both his sire and breeders Mary and Jessica Slack. Last seen out third in the Gr.1 Sun Met at Kenilworth, his return to Turffontein, arguably his favourite racetrack, once again brought out… read more

Vercingetorix’s son Ikigai wins G2 Gauteng Guineas

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It was always going to be just a matter of time before Silvano’s champion son Vercingetorix sired his first classic winner. That honour fell to Sean Tarry’s Ikigai, who continued his rise to prominence in the Gr.2 Gauteng Guineas under the Turffontein lights. Following the scratching of stable companion, the Dingaans winner Shango, it was… read more