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Bold Silvano - Meydan - 03.02.2011

Bold Silvano: Group 1 winner will stand at Ascot Stud in South Africa

  PICTURE: Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club 

Bold Silvano retired to stud in South Africa

BOLD Silvano, winner of the 2010 Group 1 Durban July forMike de Kock, will be returning to South Africa to stand at Dr Ashley and Mrs Rose Parker's Ascot Stud, where he was raised.

The five-year-old son of Silvano retires at the winner of seven of 17 races for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Gill Thompson. Among his other victories was the 2010 Group 3 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 while he also ran second in the Group 1 Daily News 2000 in South Africa. The decision to retire him was taken following a below-par run in last week'sDubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

"He looked smashing in Dubai this season but he didn't run well, which showed us that he wasn't all that happy on the racetrack," said de Kock on his website, "He'llmake a good stallion."

Form Bloodstock's Jehan Malherbe added: "Bold Silvano is an internationally proven performer and a really beautiful specimen at that."

Ashley Parker said the team at Ascot wasexcited to have one of their best-loved sons back at the Port Elizabeth stud farm. "We haven't finalised syndication details yet, but we've already had a good response on shares in Bold Silvano. We expect him back here around June and he will start his duties in September."




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