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Silvano: the son of Lomitas stands at Maine Chance Farm in South Africa

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa buys into Silvano

SHEIKH Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, co-owner of Dubai World Cup ante-post favourite Bold Silvano, has bought a share in the horse's sire.

Bold Silvano, winner of the prestigious Durban July in his native South Africa and an impressive scorer in the Al Maktoum Challenge R2 on his Meydan debut last month, is by Silvano, a former resident of Gestüt Fährhof in Germany who has blossomed since standing at Maine Chance Farm in South Africa.

Besides BoldSilvano, Silvano is also sire of South African Group 1 winners Aslan, Bravura, Field Flower, Flirtation and King's Gambit. The sire left German 1,000 Guineas winner and Coronation Stakes runner-up Mi Emma and evergreen US turf performer Proudinsky from his stint in Europe.

Maine Chance, owned by Dr Andreas Jacobs - also owner of Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire and chairman of Fährhof, still holds a majority interest in Silvano, who is expected to cover a limited book of 110 mares at a fee equivalent to around €10,000 in 2011. The stallion covered 143 mares in the 2010 South African season.

Globetrotter Silvano, a 15-year-old son of Lomitas, won the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Arlington Million for his breeders Fährhof. Sabiango, his triple Group/Grade 1-winning half-brother by Acatenango, stands at Fährhof at a fee of €3,000.

Bold Silvano is the latest star trained by Mike de Kock for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa, after the likes of Archipenko, Asiatic Boy, Eagle Mountain, Lizard's Desire and Musir.





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