The late Silvano looks to be on his way to a sixth national sires championship unless his son Vercingetorix has a massive day at the Marshalls World Of Sport Gold Cup day meeting.
Silvano leapfrogged two or three sires when his daughter won the R5 million Hollywoodbets Durban July and his son Safe Passage finished third, netting him a total of R3,41 million just for that one race.
At time of writing he is R1,211,088 ahead of Vercingetorix.
Their respective representation among the big race entries on Marshalls World Of Sport Gold Cup day makes interesting reading.
Grade 3 R750,000 MWOC Gold Cup (1st cheque = R468,750):
Silvano: Smoking Hot (25/1), Imperial Ruby (25/1), Chewbaca (25/1), Silver Maria (40/1), Follow The Star (40/1), Flying First Class (40/1), Monashada (67/1).
Vercingetorix: Nebraas (18/10).
Grade 1 R1 million Champions Cup (1st cheque = R625,000):
Silvano: Marina (17/1)
Vercingetorix: Astrix (14/1), Mount Anderson (20/1)
Grade 1 R1 million Mercury Sprint (1st cheque – R625,000)
Vercingetorix: Alesian Chief (7/1), Val D’Orcia (17/1), Gallic Princess (20/1), Ambiorix (50/1)
Grade 1: R500,000 Premiers Champion Stakes (1st cheque: R312,500):
Silvano: In With A Chance (40/1).
Vercingetorix: Cousin Casey (5/1), Gladatorian (20/1)
Grade 1 R1 million Thekwini Stakes (1st cheque R312,500):
Silvano: Littlemarysunshine (17/1)
The ball is in the court of Vercingetorix’s progeny and they are going to have to pull out all the stops.
The reigning champion sire Gimmethegreenlight is more than R3 million behind Silvano in third place, so is out of the running.
Silvano and Vercingetorix are likely to finish one-two in whatever order and will probably be the first father-son pair to achieve this feat.
Maine Chance Farms would probably prefer Vercingetorix to do it as there are not many stallions who have won the championship when their first crop are just five-year-olds, although the great Jet Master achieved it when his first crop were only four.
However, second place in the championships is unlikely to dent Vercingetorix’s popularity.
He is easily the most sort after stallion in the country and is already out of reach of those who do not have big budgets.
Picture: Vercingetorix (Maine Chance Farms).