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Silvano continued his stranglehold on South Africa’s longest race, the 3600m Port Elizabeth Gold Cup when Maine Chance-bred Plano captured the lung-bursting event to provide his sire with a fourth win in the past six years.

He joins Silvano’s excellent staying son Crown Of Gold, who contested the marathon race three times and dominated on every occasion. Successful for the first time in 2013, he completed the double in 2014, skipped the 2015 renewal and made it a perfect three for three in 2016. Like Crown Of Gold before him, Plano is trained by Tara Laing.

Patiently ridden, the four-year-old produced a withering run from the rear to strike the front inside the final furlong and although challenged on his inside, he was always in command to score by a cosy half-length.

While Plano has shown his metier over ground, his dam, the Gr.3 Magnolia second Paramo, proved herself an out and out sprinter. By Western Winter, she is a half-sister to champion Paraca (Kitwood), a triple Gr.1 winner at two and three before her export to Australia, where she scored at Gr.3 level. Their unraced half-sister Peru (Candy Stripes), imported in utero, never raced, and to the cover of Silvano, produced the durable triple Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 Met third Punta Arenas. In addition, he also featured in Silvano’s magnificent 2015 Durban July trifecta when splitting fellow Maine Chance-breds Power King and Tellina.