Klawervlei Stud’s reigning champion sire Captain Al had a truly remarkable weekend this past, when his offspring won a staggering four individual feature races.
The seven times champion sire of 2yos had a remarkable Grade One double at Turffontein on Saturday when his outstanding daughters Cloth Of Cloud and Carry On Alice lifted the G1 SA Nursery and G1 World Sports Betting Computaform Sprint respectively.
Brilliant unbeaten 2yo Cloth Of Cloud became her sire’s 11th individual Grade One winner when she won Saturday’s R1 000 000 SA Nursery.
Unbeaten in three starts to date, the Sean Tarry trained juvenile overcame a delayed start to win the 1160m race in convincing style, leaving the well bred colts, Rivarina and Double Appeal in her wake.
Currently the top contender for the title of Equus Champion 2YO Filly, Cloth Of Cloud was a R2 200 000 purchase from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Bred by Highlands Farm, Cloth Of Cloud is out of the stakes winning Fusaichi Pegasus mare Our Table Mountain.
While Cloth Of Cloud was picking up her first Grade One victory, it was G1 win number three for Carry On Alice, who sauntered home to win the Computaform Sprint on Saturday. In landing the eighth win of her career (the filly’s wins also included the 2014 G1 SA Nursery), the brilliant Carry On Alice pushed her stake money to well over R3 000 000.
Remarkably, Captain Al had another feature race double at Scottsville on Sunday, thanks to Captain Alfredo and The Secret Is Out respectively.
Victorious in the Listed Southeaster Sprint earlier in the season, the Highlands Farm bred Captain Alfredo picked up the second black type win of his career when he scored a comprehensive 1.75 length victory in Sunday’s Listed In Full Flight Handicap over 1100m.
This talented sprinter, trained by Dean Kannemeyer for owner Fred Crabbia, has now won seven of 14 outings and earned more than R400 000. A full brother to Captain Al’s stakes winning son Zambezi Torrent, Captain Alfredo was a R750 000 buy from the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Sunday’s In Full Flight Handicap was a notable 1-2 finish for last season’s champion sire Captain Al, whose promising 3yo son Captain’s Causeway, put up a smart showing in filling the runner up berth –on just his fifth career outing.
However, as impressive as Captain Alfredo was, Captain Al’s blue blooded filly The Secret Is Out, a three parts sister to Captain Al’s devastating debut winner Secret Captain, was arguably even more impressive when she won Sunday’s G3 Strelitzia Stakes. Now unbeaten in two outings, having scored an emphatic 3.75 length win on debut, the BBP Syndicate bred filly showed off her star status in no uncertain fashion when romping home to win Sunday’s R200 000 contest by 1.75 lengths. Owned by Messrs Miller and Nelson, The Secret Is Out is a full sister to the most expensive yearling filly ever sold at South African auction. (Best Kept Secret fetched R5 250 000 at the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale).
Yet another of Captain Al’s progeny to impress this weekend was his promising two-year-old daughter, Myfunnyvalentine, who finished a creditable second in Saturday’s G2 SA Fillies Nursery –at just the second time of asking, while yet another Captain Al filly to make the frame in a major graded contest, was his stakes winning daughter, Victoria Lavelle, who ran third in Sunday’s G3 Poinsettia Stakes.
With such superb two-year-old talent as Cloth Of Cloud, The Secret Is Out, Myfunnyvalentine, Sergeant Hardy and The Merry Widow representing him, it looks safe to say Captain Al’s juveniles look on course for many more black type wins this season!
Captain Al also enjoyed another good sale at last week’s National Yearling Sale. His 14 yearlings to sell grossed a total of R7 275 000 and averaged R519 642. His top lot, a filly out of G3 winner Spring Lilac, was knocked down to John Freeman for R2 000 000. This regally bred bay, who was consigned by Cheveley Stud, is a full sister to Captain Al’s stakes winning daughter Victorian Secret and a three parts sister to Captain Al’s promising 2yos Secret Captain and The Secret Is Out.