CTS graduates took the first three places in Saturday’s R400 000 World Sports Betting Gr2 Cape Merchants over 1200m at Kenilworth.
Glen Puller’s seven-year-old Silicone Valley (CPYS), burst through late to win from Candice Bass-Robinson’s Dutch Philip (CTS R2R) and Vaughan Marshall’s Always In Charge (CPYS) in a blanket finish.
A runner-up to Search Party in the same race last year, Silicone Valley built on his recent third behind Our Mate Art in the Matchem Stakes and took full advantage of a substantial swing in the weights to pick up the biggest cheque of his career in the first of the Cape Summer Season’s trio of sprints – the Diadem Stakes is next on 13 January and then the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship is the big one on Met day.
With Anthony Delpech medically indisposed, the Silicone Valley ride fell to Donovan Dillon and the young rider rode the perfect race on the 8-1 shot.
The Klawervlei Stud-bred Silicone Valley is a son of Jay Peg (Camden Park) out of the one-time winner Prize Collection (Model Man). A R150 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale purchase, Silicone Valley has won 6 races with 9 places from 20 starts and took his stakes earnings to R787 925.