Trainer Glen Puller has announced that his talented charge Silicone Valley has been retired.
Puller said on his facebook page, “After being off the track for 10 months Silicone Valley was well & ready for the race, when he ran in the (G2 Khaya Stables) Diadem Stakes 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately he was not ridden all out as Louis (Mxothwa) felt something was amiss from the halfway mark. He didn’t punish him.
Silicone did return with niggles and, with sadness, the decision has been made to finally retire him.”
The eight-year-old gelded son of Jay Peg retired having won seven of his 24 outings, with Silicone Valley having earned R859 925.
Bred by the Klawervlei Stud, Silicone Valley impressed early in his career when he romped home by 2.75 lengths on debut. Unfortunately, he was off the track for nearly a year after going amiss after his second race, but bounced back to win six more races.
Silicone Valley scored the biggest win of his career when beating such G1 winners as Always In Charge, Attenborough, Sergeant Hardy and July winner Marinaresco to land the 2017 World Sports Betting Cape Merchants by three parts of a length.
Out of the Model Man mare Prize Collection, Silicone Valley was also second in the 2016 G2 Cape Merchants and third in the G3 Matchem Stakes of 2017.
He is yet another Cape Merchants to retire, with dual winner Tevez having also been retired from racing recently.