Red-Letter Day for Silvano

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The Cape Guineas meeting at Kenilworth proved to be a red-letter day for Silvano, our champion weighing in with a trio of winners, amongst which Kilindini, who claimed the R1-million Gr.1 mile classic while making his stakes debut. Brett Crawford’s previously unexposed colt dashed to the inside rail at the top of the straight, delivered the knockout blow a long way out and stayed on resolutely to register his first stakes success by the best part of two lengths. The handsome bay is owned by Hong Kong patron Edmond Siu and was purchased on his behalf by Hong Kong trainer Tony Millard, from breeders Varsfontein Stud, at the 2018 National Yearling Sale.

Kilindini is out of Jet Master’s stakes-placed daughter Kiss And Fly and is bred on the same cross as last season’s champion three-year-old Hawwaam, who promptly set up a grand stakes double for his sire when treating his rivals with disdain in the preceding Gr.2 Premier’s Trophy. Making his highly anticipated Cape Town debut and racing on a left-handed track for the first time in his career, Mike de Kock’s quirky four-year-old charge proved unfazed by a delayed start and a less than ideal pace. Always in touch with the leaders, he came from just off the pace in the straight, effortlessly surged into the lead and powered clear to score with plenty in hand, while taking his tally to eight wins from just nine starts.

The Gr.1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Gr.1 Sun Met now beckon for Sheikh Hamdan’s star colt, who is a half-brother to last year’s Met winner Rainbow Bridge.

Silvano was denied a clean sweep of the day’s feature races when his daughters Miyabi Gold and Silvano’s Pride chased home the winner, Snapscan (Oratorio), in the Gr.3 Victress Stakes.