Klawervlei Stud’s outstanding sire Captain Al enjoyed a truly fantastic year in 2016, with his progeny shining both on the racetrack and in the sales ring.
The former champion sire was represented by five individual G1 winners during the past annual year –the same number as such outstanding international standout sires Tapit, Curlin, and Fastnet Rock to name just three.
Captain Al is makes history when his daughter Best Kept Secret fetches R5 250 000 at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. This is the top price ever paid for a yearling filly at a South African public auction.
Captain Al’s runners also shine in Cape features, with his Princess Royal landing the G2 Sceptre Stakes and 2yo son Sergeant Hardy picking up the prestigious Listed The Sun International Summer Juvenile Stakes.
The same month sees Captain Al’s blue blooded daughter Cloth Of Cloud make a stunning, winning debut at Kenilworth, when winning by six lengths over 1000m.
The Boland Stud bred Captain Aldo keeps his sire’s name in the news when landing two features this month –the Listed Wolf Power 1600 and the G2 Hawaii Stakes.
Captain Al fillies continue to be much sought after at sales, and he provides the top priced filly on the 2016 Val De Vie Yearling Sale, when his daughter, out of Princess Tobin, is knocked down for R700 000.
Captain Al is represented by yet another juvenile feature race winner when The Merry Widow scores impressively in the Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery. Owned by Drakenstein Stud, the precocious filly goes on to land the Listed Perfect Promise Sprint next time out.
Captain Al daughters steal the show on Champions Day when his brilliant Sean Tarry trained fillies Cloth Of Cloud and Carry On Alice land the G1 SA Nursery and G1 World Sports Betting Computform Sprint respectively. The same month sees another daughter of Captain Al, Captain’s Flame, show her class when scoring a convincing win over subsequent G3 Victress Stakes winner Goodtime Gal in the Listed RTT Sweet Chestnut Stakes. Captain’s Flame will go on to pick up two more feature races, including the G3 Diana Stakes.
A filly by Captain Al is sold for R2 000 000 at the 2016 National Yearling Sale.
Captain Al has a fantastic May- even by his own standards-when represented by no fewer than five individual stakes winners. His tally of black type winners include juvenile graded winners Sergeant Hardy and The Secret Is Out, who land the G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery and G3 Strelitzia Stakes respectively, as well as G3 World Sports Betting East Cape Derby winner Captain Splendid. Captain Al’s versatility as a stallion is underlined by the fact that his May stakes winners won over distances ranging from 1100 to 2400m.
Captain Al runners dominate Scottsville’s day of speed meeting, with Always In Charge landing the G1 Tsogo Gold Medallion and The Secret Is Out capturing the G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship. Always In Charge will later go on to be named Equus Champion 2YO Colt following this win.
Captain Al is fast establishing himself as a broodmare sire of note, and he once again makes waves in this regard at the end of July when his maternal grandson Gunner lands the G1 Premiers Champion Stakes. Gunner is the third G1 winner produced by a Captain Al mare –following the likes of Potent Power (Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion) and Same Jurisdiction (Thekwini Stakes, Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes).
Captain Al is crowned South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2YOs for an astonishing eighth season in a row. His 2yo runners dominate the local 2yo features, winning all of the G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion, G1 Allan Robertson Championship, G1 SA Nursery, G3 Pretty Polly Stakes, G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery and G3 Strelitzia Stakes as well as a large number of listed 2yo features.
His stars Always In Charge and Cloth Of Cloud are named Equus Champion 2YO Colt and Filly respectively.
Captain Al’s talented and tough son Sergeant Hardy made it win number four, from just five outings, when downing the talented Attenborough over 1200m at Durbanville. Winner of the G3 Cape Nursery at two, Sergeant Hardy would later go on to finish a gallant second, after making the running in the R2.5 million Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes. To date, the gelding (who has since won the Need For Speed Sprint) has won five of just seven starts and amassed nearly R1 000 000 in prize money.
Captain Al runners dominate Durbanville features when son Captain America lands the G3 Matchem Stakes and daughter Captain’s Flame takes the G3 Diana Stakes. Remarkably, both are out of daughters of champion sire and broodmare sire Fort Wood.
In landing the G3 Matchem, Captain America sets himself up for a tilt at the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate –a race he was fourth in January.
A son of the champion sire is knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R900 000 at theCTS Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac at Durbanville. Captain Al’s three lots on sale averages a handsome R583 333.
Bred on the same Captain Al/Caesour cross as ill-fated G1 winner Emerald Cove, Doosra lands the G3 Graham Beck Stakes on Charity Mile day at Turffontein. (Another son of the sire, Secret Captain, finishes fourth in the same race).
William Longsword emulates his sire by landing the G1 Cape Guineas (sponsored by Grand Parade) and instantly ensures a berth for himself at stud following this classic victory. The talented colt is another high class performer bred on the Captain Al/Fort Wood cross, responsible also for G1 winner and R3 000 000 plus earner Captain America.
Captain Al is represented by no fewer than three graded winners in December, with his son Search Party landing the G2 World Sports Betting Cape Merchants, and his daughters Jo’s Bond and Carry On Alice running 1-2 in the G2 CTS Southern Cross Stakes.