New Silv-Era In Queensland

Silvera storms home to win the Listed Sky Racing Tattersall's Mile

Silvera storms home to win the Listed Sky Racing Tattersall’s Mile (Trackside Photography)

 

It’s been a long time between black type drinks, but a change of scenery to Queensland’s warmer climes has clearly worked wonders for the flashy grey, Silvera, winner of Saturday’s Listed Sky Racing Tattersall’s Mile at Eagle Farm.

It was Silvera’s second stakes win after capturing the Listed Morphettville Guineas at his second start back in September 2016, but it should be noted that the High Chaparral 5YO has won eight races all up with a further six placings from 29 starts. The prizemoney tally, meanwhile, sits at a hardly disappointing $441,645.

Trained by Tony McEvoy for much of his career, Silvera was switched to Tony Gollan’s Eagle Farm stables earlier this year and, since the move, has won two from four, along with a lip second at Ipswich. Coming into Saturday’s race, Silvera was fresh from a Rockhampton Cup win last month.

“It was actually Tony McEvoy’s idea to move him north and he’s been proven right … again,” said Silvera’s breeder, Linda Huddy, who races the horse with husband, Graham, in their Peachester Lodge maroon, gold and white. “Silvera is a bit quirky – not evil, but can be naughty – and Tony (Gollan) really appears to have gotten into his head and set him on the right track.”

Originally based in Mt Isa where they ran an earth moving operation, the Huddys themselves shifted to a property – Peachester Lodge – north of Brisbane five years ago and have a dozen in work with a further 20 broodmares throughout Australia.

Last November the Huddys pulled off a threepeat when Media Sensation (bred and sold) won the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas, Most Important (raced) captured the Listed Keith Noud Quality and I’m A Princess (bred and raced), the Group Three Summoned Stakes. In less than five hours they enjoyed stakes success in two countries, two states.

“Ah yes, that was something of a red-letter day,” a somewhat modest Huddy agrees. “You take whatever winners you can though and it was terrific to see Silvera win another black type race on Saturday.”

With Silvera hailing from the Ferocity mare, Silver Tiara, the Huddys have had quite the association with the family.

“Not long after starting up, we purchased four yearlings, including a High Chaparral colt from Pentamerous for $15,000 at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale … he turned out to be Shoot Out.

(Winner of five Group Ones including the Australian Derby and 10 races overall, Shoot Out would be named Champion 3YO Stayer and win $3,238,950 in stakes).

“Shoot Out was bred by Neville Stewart and we were fortunate to acquire Pentamerous when Silver Tiara – Silvera’s mum – was a foal at foot.

“Pentamerous’s first foal was Cassandra Shadow who won the (Group Three) West Australian Oaks, while we bred I’m A Princess who had that Group win for us in Melbourne last November and has won five overall.”

All up, Pentamerous has produced five winners – three stakes winners – including another Huddy-bred in High Wind, winner of six.

However, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing with Pentamerous failing to produce a foal since I’m A Princess in 2013.

“She was at Torryburn Stud and had some corrective surgery at the Newcastle Veterinary Clinic, before we sent her on to Sally Watkins property – Willaroon Thoroughbreds – in Victoria where she is under constant surveillance from Sally and equine vet, Caroline Duddy,” Huddy reveals. “They love a challenge and have done a great job with the mare and she is in foal – on an early cover – to Toronado.

“They say you should visualise your goals and I’m seeing a lovely bay filly, but really it will be just wonderful to have another foal out of the mare.

“Silver Tiara is also down in Victoria with Sally. Torryburn Stud will sell her I Am Invincible colt for us next year at the Gold Coast Magic Millions, she is in foal to American Pharoah and will be covered by Brazen Beau this spring.”

HOOFNOTE: According to Tony Gollan, Silvera will next campaign in Sydney where his main target – somewhat fittingly – will be the Shoot Out Mile at Royal Randwick on Colgate Optic White Stakes (George Main) day.

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