Reigning champion sire Captain Al was represented by his fourth feature race winner this month, when his son Captain Splendid won Sunday’s G3 World Sports Betting East Cape Derby at Fairview.
Bred by the Varsfontein Stud, Captain Splendid provided apprentice sensation Lyle Hewitson with the biggest win of his career, and, in the process, also provided stalwart owner Fred Crabbia with another Derby win –Fred having won the G1 Investec Cape Derby earlier in the year with It’s My Turn.
It was a good win from the Justin Snaith trained gelding, who had to overcome a wide draw of 13 but produced a real turn of foot to mow down favourite Welsh Emperor and won by 1.75 lengths going away.
The blue blooded Captain Splendid, who has now won or been placed in each of his past five starts, is the latest high class performer bred on the Captain Al/Fort Wood cross.
This mating has also produced G1 winner Captain America, G2 Tibouchina Stakes winner Fragrant Al, recent feature race winner Captain’s Flame and G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery heroine Wheredowego.
Captain Splendid, his sire’s 15th individual stakes winner for the season, is one of nearly 70 stakes winners for last season’s champion sire Captain Al.
The latter, recently represented by a Grade One double courtesy of daughters Carry On Alice and Cloth Of Cloud, is enjoying another sensational season and is on course to land his eighth consecutive juvenile sires title.
Captain Al, whose champion son Captain Of All proved hugely popular during his first season at stud last year, is also currently South Africa’s Leading Sire Of Stakes winners for the season –with his 15 black type winners this season having already won 20 individual stakes races!