Maiden victory for Silvano's Song!
SILVANO'S SONG notched up his first career victory at the Vaal on Tuesday, 17 January 2023. This was the first winner for the stable in 2023, and hopefully an icebreaker for the rest of the season and year!
The 3-year-old colt was only having his fourth career outing, and with a distance that looked to be too short, it could be labelled as a win full of merit.
With each and every run, the progressive Silvano was showing nice signs of improvement, but had also been suggesting that he may need further. With limited options and/or bad draw combinations, the stable opted for this race over 1500m and would have just been happy to see him run on strongly and continue his natural improvement, however the colt had other plans in mind and rose to the occasion.
Kabelo Matsunyane was able to settle and place him well in the race. He was able to build up some good momentum all the way down the long Vaal straight, and with 300m to go, it didn't look like he would be able to make up all the needed ground. He just kept plugging away though and nearing the final stages he got his mind on the job, hit the front and won the race going away by just under a length.
Matsunyane had pointed out in the post race interview that the colt still seems to be very playful and not concentrating enough just yet, but this brings a lot of positivity to know that there is still improvement to come with age and experience. The step up in trip should also help and his next run should help in establishing if he has the potential to put himself in the winners box a few more times.
Congratulations to the Ackerman family and great to have Mr Willem Ackerman on course to lead the horse into the winners enclosure. The stable appreciates and values the continued support and hopefully many more to come this year.
Thanking the sponsor - HOLLYWOODBETS.