Former champion sire Captain Al, who is once again atop of the South African General Sires List, has enjoyed another magnificent season thus far in 2016-2017, and the son of Al Mufti was at it again this weekend, when he was responsible for a pair of local feature race winners.
First of the Captain Al sired runners to land a feature race was the talented Boland Stud bred filly The Merry Widow, who made it feature win number three when victorious in the Breeders’ Guineas Plate on Friday.
The small, but gutsy filly ran on powerful under jockey Gavin Lerena to score by three parts of a length for trainer Justin Snaith –one of Captain Al’s greatest fans, who also conditions Captain Al’s impressive 2yo winner Snowdance.
Owned by Drakenstein Stud, The Merry Widow was one of the best of her age group at two, when she reeled off wins in her first three starts, including the Listed Perfect Promise Sprint (where accounting for subsequent CTS Sprint winner Live Life) and Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery.
Captain Al’s second feature race win this past weekend came courtesy of his son Celtic Captain who picked up the umThombothi Stakes at Greyville on Sunday.
Bred by Patricia Devine, and racing for owner Brian Burnard, Celtic Captain duly justified favouritism in the 2000m contest by scoring a half length win, over G1 filly Persian Rug, for trainer Gareth Van Zyl and jockey Warren Kennedy. In the process, the gelding, who had previously won the Listed Michaelmas Handicap, made it career win number five –and a second win from his last three starts.
Eight times champion sire of 2yos, Captain Al was not only represented by two feature race winners this past weekend, but he is also damsire of the smart Kampala Campari, who made it two wins from just three outings when successful over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday. Captain Al is fast becoming a top class broodmare sire, with his daughters having already produced the G1 winners Gunner, Potent Power and Same Jurisdiction among others.
Sire of the recent G1 winners William Longsword and Carry On Alice, Captain Al has one lot on offer at the March Yearling Sale next month –a filly, from the same family as champions Jay Peg and Kochka, whose three time winning dam is a half-sister to a G1 sprinter (Lot 124).