Klawervlei’s outstanding sire Captain Al was to the fore once again in Saturday’s G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery.
This time it was the turn of the Normandy Stud bred Sergeant Hardy to shine, with the Justin Snaith trained son of Captain Al making all to win the Grade 3 feature by a commanding one and a half lengths.In the process, Sergeant Hardy provided his champion sire with a quick double –with Captain Al’s son Captain Chaos having prevailed in the 2015 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery.
Sergeant Hardy, one of three winners on Saturday’s Kenilworth card for Captain Al, has now won three of his four outings, with the gelding’s previous victories including the Listed The Sun International Summer Juvenile Stakes on J&B Met day.
One of four juvenile stakes winners for his sire this season (a tally which includes the undefeated G1 winner Cloth Of Cloud), Sergeant Hardy races for his breeder, Veronica Foulkes.
Captain Al very nearly repeated his Nursery double of a year ago, with his multiple stakes winning daughter The Merry Widow finishing a close second in the day’s G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery.
South Africa’s reigning sire, and on course to record his eighth consecutive 2yo sires title, Captain Al has been represented by 15 individual stakes winners, who have won 22 individual stakes races this season.
The champion has a single lot on offer at the Klawervlei Farm Sale on June 12th –
Lot 86 –this colt, an own brother to a useful three time winner, is out of stakes winner and G2 SA Fillies Guineas runner up School Assembly and is from the same family as G1 winner Fanciful. The Captain Al/National Assembly cross has produced high class filly Trinity House, as well as G3 winner Flower’s Angel, and stakes winner Pure Power.
The former Cape Guineas winner also has one lot on sale at next month’s Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale –
Lot 90 –this filly is out of a winning Silvano half sister to G2 winner and G1 Empress Club Stakes runner up Hidden Beauty, whose sire Victory Moon, like Captain Al, is a son of former champion sire Al Mufti. The family of champions Imperious Sue and Victory Moon himself