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Silvano: the son of Lomitas sired South African Derby hero Kings Gambit

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Silvano returns home to Maine Chance Farm

SILVANO has returned to Maine Chance Stud at Robertson in South Africa after covering 90 mares in his native Germany.

Maine Chance, owned by Andreas Jacobs, whose bloodstock interests include the Newsells Park Stud, are hailing their stallion as the first South African-based sire ever to shuttle to Europe.

Manager John Slade said: "He was very well received in Germany and he arrived back here on September 2 after spending over 30 days in quarantine.

"He has 85 mares booked for this season. He covered 130 for the last three years but I am not pushing it this time as he has already covered 90 earlier in the year. Also I think it's time to cut back and make his stock more sought after."

Jacobs, who bred and raced the globetrotting Arlington Million, Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Singapore Cup winner, sent him to South Africa in 2003 after the horse had completed two seasons at his Gestüt Fährhof near Bremen.

Jacobs intended to shuttle the horse but he was thwarted by an outbreak of African Horse Sickness. He was forced to cancel a full book when the 2004 German season was about to start.

The following year Silvano became champion first-season sire in Germany and in 2006 he was second to Galileo in the European second season sires lists. Jacobs decided he should return the horse to Germany for one covering season as a gesture of goodwill to those who missed out in 2004.

The horse has been a big success in South Africa where he was champion second season sire in 2007/08. His progeny include last year's South African Derby winner Kings Gambit and Happy Spirit who won the South African Oaks.




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