Thursday, March 3, 2011

Silvano heads to World cup without prep race

The Mike de Kock-trained Bold Silvano has suffered a minor setback in his preparation for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26 and will not have a prep race prior to the big event as had originally been planned, writes Elliot Slater.

The South African-bred son of smart German racer Silvano created a tremendous impression when winning on his debut in Dubai last month, travelling supremely well throughout the Group 3 Al Maktoum Challenge before easily disposing of Spring of Fame by a nonchalant length-and-a-half, (value for a great deal more). That effort made international layers sit up and take notice as it was his first outing since being transferred from de Kock’s base in South Africa where had ended last season winning the Group 1 Vodacom Durban July Handicap over 11-furlongs, beating Irish Flame by a length against previous racing tips.

The patience of connections has certainly been rewarded with Bold Silvano who didn’t see a racecourse until just over a year ago, making his debut at the age of four in a Kenilworth handicap, running a fair race to finish third. A week later he finished in midfield in a better class handicap before being given a four-month break. Returning to the fray in June last year he stepped up massively in class and showed why de Cock and his joint-owners had been so patient, running a length second to Irish Flame in the Group 1 Daily News 2000 at Greyville, following up a month later by finishing fourth in a Group 1 over a probably inadequate nine furlongs at Clairwood, before going on to win his first group 1 at Greyville later that month.

Racing tips for today do not support but the bruised foot that has ruled Bold Silvano out of his intended prep race in Dubai is only minor and de Kock remains confident that the 9/2 ante-post favourite for the world’s richest race will arrive at the starting gate in the very best shape possible.

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