Silvano’s three-year-old son, Silver Operator, stamped himself a proper Guineas prospect with a first stakes victory in the Gr.3 Cape Classic at Kenilworth.
Sent off a warm favourite, the Vaughan Marshall-trained colt lived up to the hype. He picked it up in mid-stretch and once on the lead, galloped on resolutely, while holding the charge of Captain Tatters to land this 1400m pointer to the Cape Guineas by a cosy half-length.
Never worse than second in four outings, the colt was an impressive debut winner in early June and gave notice of his talent when failing by a diminishing short-head in the Gr.3 Langerman in just his second start. He came into this race off a gutsy second in his seasonal debut on September 7, following a three-month rest.
Jockey Anton Marcus, who was astride the colt for the first time, remarked that his mount would probably be effective over a further distance.
Silver Operator was bred by Klawervlei Stud, from the Listed Swallow Stakes winner Sting Operation (Captain Al), who is a daughter of Gr.1 Thekwini Stakes victress Roxanne (Western Winter).