Klawervlei’s outstanding sire Captain Al has made his customary blistering start to the season, and the champion son of Al Mufti was at it again at Durbanville on Wednesday, when Captain Al was represented by a pair of winners.
Remarkably, Captain’s Version and Sergeant Hardy were Captain Al’s sole runners on Wednesday which gave the former champion a remarkable 100% strike rate on the day.
Captain Al sired runners captured the first two races on the card, with the Klawervlei bred and owned Captain’s Version breaking his maiden in smart style in Wednesday’s first contest.
One of two winners on the card for trainer Paddy Kruyer, Captain’s Version was making just the third start of his career and hopefully can build on this maiden win.
Captain Al’s second winner on the day came when last season’s G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery winner Sergeant Hardy made all to a hugely competitive looking MR 86 handicap over 1200m, leaving highly rated 3yos Attenborough and Our Mate Art in his wake. The Normandy Stud bred gelding, who races for Veronica and Oscar Foulkes, has now won four of his five outings and earned over R300 000 in prize money. Trained by the bang in-form Justin Snaith, Sergeant Hardy is now likely to be aimed at the R2 000 000 Ready To Run Stakes.
A former Champion Sire and eight times champion sire of two-year-olds, Captain Al will be strongly represented at next month’s CTS Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa with his 3 lots including:
Lot 74 – this colt, a half brother to G3 filly Can Cope, is a full brother to the smart recent winner Captain Courteous. Bred on the same Captain Al/Fort Wood cross as G1 winner Captain America, this colt’s three time winning dam is a half sister to US G1 winner Crimson Palace and his second dam is a G1 daughter of the great broodmare sire Northern Guest
Lot 128 – a half or full brother to 4 winners, this well bred colt is out of an Elusive Quality half brother to European classic winners, and his second dam is a Sadler’s Wells half sister to French 1000 Guineas runner up Firth of Lorne (herself a classic producer).
Lot 131 – a half/full brother to five winners, this colt is out of a three parts sister to G2 winning sprinter Casino Queen and stakes winner Toronto Star, and half brother to G2 Woolavington Cup hero Jungle Earl