While he has taken forever to break the stakes ice, Sean Tarry’s well-related Silver God benefitted from a confident ride by Luke Ferraris to win the R150 000 Listed Wolf Power 1600 at Turffontein on Wednesday evening.
He cost a packet at sales and is not in the same league as most of his family, but Silver God gave Chris and Eric van Niekerk plenty to smile about at a meeting that looked to be in the balance for a good few days.
The Avontuur-sponsored Ferraris was riding his 41st winner of the season and always had Silver God in touch as Captain Of Tortuga led Approach Control at a fairly sedate gallop, with the favourite Green Haze near the rear.
With D’Arrivee (38-10) dashing out of the pack under the rampant Warren Kennedy and looking a winner late, Ferraris kept Silver God (7-1) at his task up the inside rail and he went on doggedly to hold D’Arrivee to three quarters of a length in a time of 97,40 secs.
Green Haze (9-2) had no chance off the sedentary gallop and the Alec Laird topweight had to again be content with a frustrating place cheque a further 1,50 lengths away in third.
Approach Control faded out of contention late in the race after showing plenty of enthusiasm.
Bred by Klawervlei, the well-related Silver God is a son of Silvano (Lomitas) out of the one-time winner Pagan Princess (Fort Wood). He is thus a half-brother to Klawervlei Cape Guineas winning sire William Longsword and the Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint winner, Real Princess.
A R2 million Cape Yearling Sale graduate, the 5yo gelded Silver God has won 5 races with 3 places from 27 starts for stakes of R377 112.