It was a very pleasing weekend for Maine Chance Farms – with resident sires SILVANO (GER) and BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA) both siring three winners each – the latter doing so in three different countries.
The famous yellow and black colours that our international home-breds carry, were on board the very well-bred FREQUENT FLYER (SAf) at Kenilworth when she added the Jamaica Handicap [Listed] to her previous Listed win. She now boasts five wins and five places from just twelve starts. Out of the G1 winner FOV’S FANCY (Foveros [GB]) she will be a welcome addition to the Maine Chance broodmare band when she retires.
It has just gone 14:00 – and the temperature is 39°C (102°F) – so, to say it is a little warm, is an understatement!
Spending a few days on the farm is Tina Rau from Germany who joined the morning’s visitors to view the yearlings.
Trainers Dean Kannemeyer and Brett Crawford (who trains FREQUENT FLYER for us) were here from Cape Town, as was Jehan Maleherbe of Form Bloodstock. From the north came trainer Alec Laird.
The heat had already set in by mid-morning so our visitors and the yearlings were restricted to a shady area – not ideal for photographs – but much more pleasant for visitors and horses alike.