First winner for Captain Corageous
The Cape bred stallion Captain Corageous was represented by his first winner on Saturday when his 2yo son Dr Finley won a maiden juvenile plate over 1160m at Turffontein.
Trained by David Nieuwenhuizen, Dr Finley prevailed narrowly in a duel with Malak El Malook to win his first race by a head. The winning colt, bred and owned by Mr Deetlefs, was produced by the Kahal mare Fair Game and he has now won or placed in four of his five outings.
Dr Finley is one of just four Captain Corageous foals to have raced thus far. The stallion, whose second crop are now two, had just a pair of starters in his diminutive first crop, including the multiple placed Je’Taime Flamenco.
Trained by Lance Wiid, the Klawervlei Stud bred Captain Corageous was a tough and talented racehorse. He won or placed in no fewer than 28 races, making no fewer than 44 racetrack appearances in all. Captain Corageous, who amassed over R780 000 in stakes on the racetrack, scored his signature win in the Gr3 Jubilee Handicap of 2007 (he ran second in the same race one year later). He also won the Listed Drum Star Handicap and ran fourth in the Gr3 London News Stakes.
The first son of Klawervlei’s multiple champion sire Captain Al to retire to stud (and one of his sire’s first stakes winners), Captain Corageous hails from a family which has excelled in this country for decades.
He is out of the well related Royal Prerogative mare Royal Jubilee, who is also the third dam of stakes winner Ocean’s Swift (a Captain Al sired three parts sister to Captain Corageous). Royal Jubilee is a half sister to the classic winning Black Bishop (Gr1 SA Derby) and five time winner Noilly Prat. The latter is also dam of champion 2yo filly Prairie Oyster, winner of the Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship.
Captain Corageous’ third dam is none other than the mighty tap root mare Sister Sublime, one of the greatest names in the South African stud book. Champions descended from Sister Sublime include Horse Of The Year Roland’s Song, July winner Mazarin, Cape Guineas winner Savonarola and ARCSA Champion National Emblem. The latter pair were both also highly successful stallions, with Savonarola’s high class offspring including the outstanding galloper Furious and Oaks winning filly Liberty Silk.
The late Klawervlei based National Emblem sired 10 Grade 1 winners during his stint at stud, including the champion sprinters Nhlavini, Rebel King and Shea Shea.