Klawervlei’s outstanding sire Captain Al has been enjoying a real purple patch of late, and the former champion sire was represented by his fifth feature race winner this season when his son Search Party defeated an outstanding field of sprinters to land Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting Cape Merchants at Kenilworth, with another son of Captain Al, Captain Alfredo, finishing third in the R400 000 feature.
Bred by the Ascot Stud, the Delma Sherrell owned four-year-old made all the running to land the 1200m sprint, under a fine ride by Corne Orffer, and pick up the first graded win of his career in the process. (His trainer Brett Crawford also saddling Captain Al’s outstanding G1 winning son Captain America to finish third in the same day’s G2 World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes.)
Search Party became the 74th stakes winner for his sire, who has headed South Africa’s 2yo sires lists for the past eight seasons running.
Search Party, who has now won two in a row and earned over R480 000, also made history by emulating his own sire’s former success, with Captain Al having won the Merchants back in 2000.
Captain Al, who was represented by four individual winners in South Africa this past weekend, has an exceptional draft on offer at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
The champion’s 22 strong string includes yearlings out of such G1 winners as Ebony Flyer, Happy Archer, and Nania, as well as a colt out of multiple graded winner Orator’s Daughter, and a half brother to millionaire and multiple graded winner Whiteline Fever, who is bred on the same lines as Captain Al’s G1 J&B Met winner Hill Fifty Four.