Cape Thoroughbred Sales
Jockey Anton Marcus won the Gr3 Cape Classic over 1400m at Kenilworth on Saturday for the fourth time in seven seasons on Vaughan Marshall-trained, CTS purchase, Silver Operator.
Silver Operator fought gamely and held off Justin Snaith’s Captain Tatters by 0,40 lengths.
This was a second success in three renewals for Marshall, who won the race in 2017 with Tap O’Noth, who went on to win the Gr1 Cape Guineas.
Marshall, who has a long history of revealing classic winners at this time of the season, cautioned fans that he wasn’t “getting ahead of things”, saying that the stable had to start somewhere with Silver Operator.
Marcus said that Silver Operator was ‘staying on and would probably be effective over further’, and being by Silvano this is a possible pointer to his Cape Derby prospects, though all will be revealed in due course.
Captain Al was the broodmare sire of the Klawervlei-bred winner. His sons Seventh Gear and Prince Of Persia finished third and fourth. A winner of two of only four starts and runner up in last season’s G3 Langerman, Silver Operator was the top lot sold at the 2018 CTS April Yearling Sale when knocked down to Marshall for R700 000.
He races for owner Mario Ferreira and has now won 2 races with 2 places from 4 starts for stakes of R237 000.