Klawervlei Stud’s outstanding sire Captain Al has once again been in the headlines of note. The former Cape Guineas winner totally dominated proceedings at the Saturday’s Tsogo Sun Day of Speed.
Not only did Captain Al have a pair of Grade One winners on the day, but his stakes winning 2yos Princess Royal and Redcarpet Captain ran second in the G1 Allan Robertson Championship and G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion respectively.
Captain Al’s daughter Carry On Alice picked up the second G1 win of her career when she became the fourth Sean Tarry trained filly to land the G1 City Of Pietermaritzburg Fillies Sprint over 1200m. The Klawervlei Stud bred filly has been amongst the leaders of her generation at both two and three, with her past wins including a defeat of male rivals in last season’s G1 SA Nursery.
One of four winners of this race trained by Sean Tarry, Carry On Alice has now earned just a shade under R2 million for owners Chris Van Niekerk, Dr Warner and Klawervlei Stud.
Captain Al’s second Scottsville Grade One win this past weekend came in the form of the Riverton Stud bred Captain Of Al, who put up a magnificent performance to land the G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint, despite conceding weight all round. A stud career beckons in the future for the Markus and Ingrid Jooste owned colt, who had earlier this season landed the G2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes at Kenilworth. Arguably the finest speedster in the country, Captain Of All has now won or placed in 10 of his 11 outings and has amassed more than R1.78 million in stakes.
With his past successes including six consecutive two-year-old sires titles, it came as no surprise that a service to Captain Al was knocked down to Barry Irwin R180 000 at the recent Cape Breeders Stallion Auction – and the sire went onto enjoy further success at the following day’s Cape Mare and Weanling Sale, where a weanling colt by him was knocked down for R340 000 at the sale, which made the colt the top priced weanling sold at the Worcester auction.
One of South Africa’s elite stallions, Captain Al is the sire of more than 100 black type horses to date, with this tally including over 30 individual Grade One performers.