Silvano has reached yet another notable milestone in his illustrious stud innings. A renowned globetrotter as a racehorse, his stallion career has followed a similar pattern in that he has sired international stakes winners in Britain, Europe, Dubai, the US and Singapore. This past weekend, our champion stallion added Hong Kong to that growing list, courtesy of a first black type success by Maine Chance-bred son Chefano in the Gr.3 Queen Mother Memorial Stakes at Sha Tin.
Remarkably, the John Moore-trained five-year-old led for virtually the entire 2400m trip and although joined by Eagle Way and favourite Helene Leadingstar at the 800m mark, he kicked again under jockey Matthew Chadwick and forged clear to score by a handy 2.25 lengths from stable companions Savvy Nine and Helene Charisma.
It was a second Hong Kong win and also a first stakes victory for the gelding, which pushed his earnings to over HK$5,1 million.
In South Africa, Chefano raced as Vacquero for owner Colin Bird, who had invested R300,000 for him as a yearling at the Johannesburg Select Sale. Trained by Robbie Sage, the then colt scored twice and earned black type when he ran third behind Monks Hood in the Gr.2 Investec Dingaans.
He is the 96th stakes winner for his illustrious sire and was bred in partnership with former champion jockey Michael Roberts, who also trained the gelding’s dam Valdovino. A daughter of Al Mufti, she won Roberts five races and, in addition to Chefano, he also bred the multiple Gr.2-placed own sister Vino Veritas. She too racked up five wins on the track, while finishing second in the Gr.2 Gerald Rosenberg Sakes and third in the Gr.2 Gold Circle Oaks.
Significantly, Chefano is a brother in blood to Silvano’s crack daughter Sunshine Silk. Out of Valdovino’s own sister Vanilla Silk and a stayer of note, she captured both the Gr.3 Caradoc Gold Cup and Gr.3 Gold Bowl last season.