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Champions Season in KZN has just begun, and already Silvano, the late Maine Chance champion sire has proved once again just how much of a potent force he still is on the South African racing scene, as two of his progeny took two of the big Grade One races, the Woolavington and the Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday.

Silver Darling under a brilliant ride by Grant Van Niekerk, registered her first Black Type win in the Woolavington. By Silvano out of the incredibly versatile seven-time winning daughter of Jet Master, Jet Belle, who won over distances from 1160m to 2000m, Silver Darling won by just over a length from the fast finishing Light Of The Moon and Paul Peter’s Sprinkles. A winner of 4 races from 3 places, she has to date earned R633.600.

The Mike de Kock-trained Safe Passage put his hand up for a place in the field for the Durban July after a sparkling victory in the Daily News 2000. Coming off a twelve week break, after a narrow defeat in the SA Classic, the win gave him his 6th win in 7 starts. Safe Passage showed massive guts and heart as he managed to hold off the fast finishing Aragosta to win by just over 2 lengths. Also by Silvano, and out of the four-time Black type Gr.2 The Debutante winner, My Sanctuary, Safe Passage was a R500 000 2020 National Yearling Sales graduate and already has over a million Rand (R1 918.562) in earnings to his name.