Ceres farm, Boland Stud, has been enjoying a great run of success of late, with its graduates including G2 Hawaii Stakes hero Captain Aldo, impressive debut winner South Side, and talented 3yo filly Cup Cake, and Boland was once again in the news last Friday, when former graduate The Merry Widow (like Captain Aldo, is by Klawervlei’s leading sire Captain Al) landed the Listed East Cape Nursery in fine style.
Given a confident ride by S’Manga Khumalo, The Merry Widow was eased down in the closing stages of the 1200m contest to post a deceptively easy 0.75 lengths win over O Tamara. It was another four and a half lengths away to third place finisher, Shizam.
In the process, the 2yo daughter of Captain Al, who races for Drakenstein Stud, made it two wins from as many starts, with the filly having previously accounted for subsequent winners Felicity Flyer and Extradite when winning first time out. She looks well above average, and The Merry Widow looks a filly to follow.
The Merry Widow, a R300 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale, is out of the Jallad mare Miss Kiri –a full sister to G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Talahatchie and a half sister to Listed Lady’s Slipper winner Jane S Piddy.
The Merry Widow has a Var half brother on offer at next month’s April Yearling Sale, and he looks bound to prove popular!
She also provided her champion sire Captain Al with his second consecutive Listed East Cape Nursery winner- with the sire’s G1 daughter Princess Royal having prevailed in the 2015 race.
South Africa’s reigning champion sire has now 64 stakes winners to his credits, with his top performers including the Equus Champions All Is Secret, Captain Of All and Captain’s Lover.