16 January 2012 …. is FREQUENT FLYER’s name, and win, a good omen for next week’s sale?

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.

Maine Chance's FREQUENT FLYER wiining Jamaica Handicap at Kenilworth last Saturday

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.

Viewing Maince Chance yearlings this morning, from left - Tina Rau, Jehan Malherbe, Brett Crawford, Dean Kannemeyer, Alec Laird

Tina Rau and Dean Kannemeyer have a closer look at one of the Silvano colts

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About mainechancefarms

Maine Chance Farms is one of South Africa's premier stud farms and is perennially amongst the top breeders at season's end. Established in the late 1960's by Godfrey Gird, the farm passed into the ownership of Graham Beck (subsequently also the owner of Gainesway Farm in Ky) in the 70's. Keeping up with the international connection, Andreas Jacobs from Germany purchased Maine Chance Farms in 2002. He also has the famed Gestüt Fährhof and Newsells Park Stud, in England, in his 'stable' of stud farms. The stud stands world-class stallions such as SILVANO (GER) and BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA), who were recently joined by LATERAL(GB) Champion German 3YO, and Champion Miler in 2006; as well as QUERARI (GER), the joint top-rated older horse in Germany in 2010.
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