The Klawervlei bred William Longsword emulated his champion sire Captain Al when he stormed home to victory in Saturday’s G1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas at Kenilworth.
Owned by Mayfair Speculators, the handsome colt proved too classy for 15 of South Africa’s top three-year-olds when running on too strongly for G2 Selangor Cup hero Gold Standard, with Redoute’s Choice son Table Bay back in third place.
In doing so, William Longsword provided Klawervlei with a unique Cape Guineas/Cape Fillies Guineas double –with the farm having also bred the 2016 G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas winner Just Sensual.
Remarkably, William Longsword’s trainer, Vaughan Marshall (who was winning the Guineas for a fourth time), saddled Captain Al himself to win the G1 Cape Guineas back in 2000.
Since then Vaughan has enjoyed plenty of success with the progeny of Captain Al, having also saddled Captain Al sired champions All Is Secret and Always In Charge, as well as last season’s G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner The Secret Is Out –to name a few!
The impeccably William Longsword, a R2 200 000 buy from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, also stamped his place at Klawervlei following his classic success on Saturday. With his good looks, tremendous pedigree and proven G1 ability, William Longsword looks a most attractive future stud prospect indeed.
The 2016 G1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas winner has won five of just seven starts to date, with Saturday’s big win pushing the colt’s earnings to over R800 000 –with the promise of plenty more to come!
William Longsword is the latest in a long line of top class performers bred on the Captain Al/Fort Wood cross, a mating which has also resulted in fellow G1 winner Captain America, as well as such high class graded winners as Captain’s Flame, Fragrant Al and Wheredowego –to name a few.
His sire Captain Al, who is currently leading the General Sires List, has really enjoyed a purple patch of success with his runners this season, and William Longsword is the seventh feature race winner to represent him in 2016-2017 thus far.
He is also the 14th G1 winner for Captain Al, South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2YOs for the past eight seasons running. The great sire has another outstanding draft of yearlings on offer at next month’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, with his draft including a colt out of multiple G1 winner Ebony Flyer –herself a half-sister to Captain Al sired champion Captain’s Lover (Lot 41), a colt out of a G1 winning daughter of Dubawi (Lot 79), a half-brother to G2 winning millionaire Whiteline Fever (Lot 94), and a colt out of G1 winner Nania- an own sister to G1 winning speedball Red Ray (Lot 137).