Today saw no exception to the hustle and bustle of the past few days – this morning started with the arrival of a veterinary team from the world-class Drakenstein Veterinary Centre to do all the joint x-rays of our yearlings bound for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
The team from Drakenstein Veterinary Centre busy with the X-raying of one of our yearlings bound for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale
Other early arrivals at the farm were Cape trainer Glen Kotzen together with one of his owners, Peter de Beyer, to view the yearlings bound for the CPYS.
Cape trainer Glen Kotzen (left) and Peter de Beyer (right) discuss one of the yearlings with Maine Chance manager John Slade (centre)
Peter de Beyer has the Maine Chance bred PRINCESS VICTORIA with Glen Kotzen, and the pair are no doubt hoping to strike gold again at Maine Chance, as PRINCESS VICTORIA was crowned Champion 2-Year-Old Filly in South Africa last season, and, this season, has won the Cape Fillies Guineas-G1 and, in her last start, ran third against the colts in the Cape Guineas-G1 – beating subsequent Queen’s Plate-G1 winner Gimmethergreenlight (AUS) by 1½ lengths!
Glen Kotzen and Peter de Beyer deep in discussion over one of the yearlings
Whilst the one team of vets were busy with the yearlings, their local division were checking up on the status of some of the mares – so, all-in-all a very busy morning.
Mares and their foals headed up to the vet room for foetal scans
Lunchtime was highlighted by the news that the Maine Chance bred filly HIDDEN BEAUTY (by Victory Moon [SAf]), who won the South African Fillies Nursery-G2 last season, had just won her fourth race (from 9 starts) at the Vaal racecourse near Johannesburg – winning easily by almost 4 lengths! HIDDEN BEAUTY’s earnings now stand at R498,500.
Coming from the same family as HIDDEN BEAUTY is our SILVANO [GER] yearling filly PEARLWARE (Lot 232 at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale) who is out of the winning FORT WOOD [USA] mare PEARLY PRINCESS [SAf].
Over at the stallion paddocks – with the horses in their boxes – we found a new occupant of SILVANO’s paddock ……together with his band of followers!
While SILVANO is in his box ....
And life goes on at Maine Chance Farms!