19 January 2012 …. Only a few more days before the yearlings head to ‘The Mother City’ ….

Some very surprising weather last evening – a hail storm which, fortunately, had minimal impact on Maine Chance – but adjoining fruit farms and vinyards were less lucky as the fruit is almost ready for harvest.

Although Maine Chance is not short of water, there is nothing nicer than a good soaking rain, and the hail was followed by 30mm (over an inch) of rain – which in arid region such as this clears not only the air, but washes the world clean.

Yesterday was a busy day with visitors – John Freeman, The Snaiths, Alec Foster and his wife The Honourable Gillian Foster, amongst others.

This morning former champion jockey, turned trainer, Basil Marcus, and his son Adam arrived mid-morning to view the yearlings bound for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Four decades in the horse business have left Basil with a ‘no nonsense’ approach to evaluating yearlings and he seemed to like a lot of what he saw on the farm today!

Basil Marcus (right) and his son Adam appreciating one of the yearling colts


Basil Marcus and his son Adam

This afternoon more visitors expected, including renowned television presenter and commentator David Raphael – but will have to write about that in the next post.

The following link is to a photographic file showing the five SILVANO (GER) colts which form the nucleus of the Maine Chance Farms consignment to the Cape Premier Yearling Sale next week.



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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