Bold Silvano winning the Vodacom Durban July in South Africa
Bold Silvano winning the Vodacom Durban July in South Africa

Click above to remember Bold Silvano’s win in the 2010 Vodacom Durban July (Gr1)

(Image : Gold Circle - Footage : SABC 3)


26 MARCH 2011

We may have had a good weekend at the Cricket World Cup, victory over Bangladesh ensuring we top our group, but South Africa suffered a helluva blow in the equine version of the World Cup, scheduled for this weekend. The news filtered through about mid-day Monday, that Mike de Kock’s big World Cup hope, Bold Silvano, had injured himself in a training accident, and was to be withdrawn. He was probably the biggest chance we’ve had at winning the race, (remember, we were a whisker second last year, with Lizard’s Desire, and Summerhill graduate, Paris Perfect, was a commendable third the year before,) but Bold Silvano stood out as the 22/10 betters’ choice, ahead of the European champion, Twice Over (who’s now the “chalk” in international markets). “He worked well Sunday, but seems to have tweaked or pulled something. We cannot actually put our finger on it immediately but it is enough to rule him out. It’s a great shame as he is a genuine World Cup horse. It has not been easy with him this season but we will be back next year. At least we have back up in the shape of Golden Sword, who will take his place”, lamented De Kock.

In another major defection, Ed Dunlop’s European Champion filly, Snow Fairy, has been pulled out of the Sheema Classic (Gr1,) where she was bound to have started favourite.

We had just posted the anticipated fields for the World Cup and the Sheema Classic when we got the news, and we were on the point of mentioning that the cards had pretty much stacked up as we had anticipated, despite all the rumours to the contrary. As we saw it, Bold Silvano and Musir were to be South African’s big hopes in the World Cup, with Golden Sword aimed at the Sheema Classic. River Jetez was our choice for the Duty Free along with stable companion, Raihana and Herman Brown’s Bankable, while Mahbooba and Reem take on the colts in the UAE Derby.

Our own man, Imbongi (third in last year’s Duty Free,) has always been slated for a shot at the Godolphin Mile on the more forgiving tapeta surface, where De Kock tells us he’s a money chance. The other outstanding South African slated for the evening is J J The Jet Plane, who just doesn’t seem to like synthetic tracks, so Lucky Houdalakis has no choice but to go for the Al Quoz Sprint, as opposed to the Golden Shaheen.

Our best shots at the number one slots now rest with River Jetez and J J The Jet Plane, it seems, but what an extraordinary blow for a little country like ours, to lose a candidate of Bold Silvano’s calibre, when the eyes of the world are upon you.

Never mind, we’ll be back, and it might just turn out that it will be in both versions of the World Cup. That’s the way of our world.