Klawervlei Stud’s outstanding sire Captain Al was represented by his 73rd individual stakes winner when his talented son Doosra picked up the G3 Rio Casino’s 10th Birthday Bash Promotion Graham Beck Stakes on Saturday’s Charity Mile day at Turffontein.
Bred by Varsfontein Stud, and raced by Messrs JF & LMF Wernars in partnership with Mrs TJ Wernars, Doosra has now won two of just three outings to date –and looks sure to go on to bigger and better things.
Doosra, who is bred on the same Captain Al/Caesour cross as ill-fated G1 Paddock Stakes winner Emerald Cove, was one of four graded winners on Saturday for trainer Johan Janse Van Vuuren, whose charges well and truly cleaned up on Charity Mile day.
Captain Al has a truly exceptional crop of three-year-olds this season –with Doosra the seventh individual stakes winner to have emerged from this crop, which also produced the likes of Equus Champions Always In Charge and Cloth Of Cloud.
Another hugely promising three-year-old son of Captain Al to impress this weekend was the blue blooded William Longsword.
Like Captain Al himself, the Klawervlei Stud bred William Longsword is trained by Vaughan Marshall (who also handles the sire’s G1 winning stars Always In Charge and The Secret Is Out).
The big, strapping colt, who races for Mayfair Speculators, made it three wins on the bounce when outclassing his rivals to score a three and a half length win over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
A tilt at the G1 Cape Guineas and one of the CTS sponsored $500 000 races appears to be one the cards for William Longsword –the latest in a long line of top class performers sired by Captain Al out of daughters of Fort Wood. This cross is also responsible for such top class gallopers as G1 winner Captain America, recent G3 Diana Stakes winner Captain’s Flame and her G2 winning own sister Fragrant Al, and G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Wheredowego.
Captain Al has four top class two-year-olds on offer at this month’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale:
Lot 182 – a full brother to 2 winners, this colt has a real stallion’s pedigree. Out of a three time winning daughter of one of Danehill’s greatest sons (Rock Of Gibraltar), he hails from the same family as the legendary Danehill as well, not to mention top sires Halo and Machiavellian –and, arguably history’s greatest sire of all, Northern Dancer
Lot 183 –bred on the same Captain Al/Caesour cross as ill-fated G1 winner Emerald Cove, this colt (a half brother to 2 winners) is out of a stakes placed winner of seven and hails from the same family as champions Harry Hotspur and Kiss Of Peace
Lot 215 –bred on the reverse cross as multiple stakes winner Door Of Deception, this filly is out of the G3 winner Success Counts, and her second dam, by very successful Australian sire Scenic, was runner up in the Oaks. She traces back directly in female line to one of the greatest mares in the stud book –Selene, whose offspring included Epsom Derby winner and six times champion sire Hyperion.
Lot 288 – bred to be anything, this colt is out of a G3 daughter by triple Australian champion sire and proven G1 broodmare sire Redoute’s Choice. From the family of outstanding Aussie sprinter Hay List, this colt’s relatives also include former South African star Mythical Play