Elusive Silva bounded home relatively unfancied to win the R500 000 Gr2 WSB 1900 at Greyville on Saturday and set himself up for a run in the Vodacom Durban July on 7 July.
From the worst of the draw, Bernard Fayd’herbe – who was also aboard Star Express – had Elusive Silva settled at the rear as Kampala Campari led Crowd Pleaser and Strathdon in the run for home.
Avoiding traffic, Bernard Fayd’herbe took Elusive Silva from the rail and switched him to the centre of the straight for his run.
With his long stride carrying him past the leaders, Elusive Silva had the race under control at the 200m and ran on powerfully to beat the consistent Dark Moon Rising by half a length in a time of 116,34 secs.
Elusive Silva was not in the first July log top 25, but is bound to find himself in contention when the second log is published on Wednesday.
The 5yo was off the track for seven months after sustaining that July-bid ending injury in June last year. He was prepped in the Peninsula but the Sun Met may have come tooo quickly after that.
This was his second run after running a decent fifth behind Head Honcho in the Sledgehammer on 22 April.
A dual Gr3 winner previously, this was a career peak win and he took his tally to six victories with 3 places from 16 starts and stakes of R896 750. A Cape Premier Yearling Sale R375 000 buy, he was bred by Nutfield Stud and is a son of champion Silvano (Lomitas) out of the one-time winner Esprit (Fort Wood). – Extracts from Sporting Post.