Klawervlei’s champion sire Captain Al enjoyed yet another good weekend this weekend, with his offspring shining both on the track and in the sales ring.
South Africa’s dominant sire of two-year-old talent, Captain Al was represented by no fewer than five winners this past weekend.
His five-timer kicked off with his Jets-A-Blazing and Ochoncar landing their respective races at Fairview on Friday. Trained by Justin Snaith, and bred and owned by Pat and Henry Devine, Jets-A-Blazing picked up her second career win by scoring cosily over 1300m. Her paternal brother, the Alan Greeff trained Ochoncar, a regally bred gelding owned and bred by Alec and Gillian Foster, made it career win number five when outgunning East Cape champion Gogetthesheriff on Friday.
Captain Al’s weekend improved further when represented by a trio of winners on Saturday, with his treble headed by the impressive newcomer Apocalypse Now. Trained by Sean Tarry (whose runners dominated proceedings at Turffontein on Saturday), the Riverton Stud bred three-year-old impressed when easily accounting for a smart looking field first time over 1160m on Sansui Summer Cup day.
Apocalypse Now, who is owned by Chris Van Niekerk, Bruce Gardner, Markus Jooste and Ken Truter, was a R400 000 buy from the 2015 Klawervlei Farm Sale.
He was one of two Captain Al winners on the day for trainer Sean Tarry and owner Chris Van Niekerk, whose Captain Al filly Magicality was another to impress when skating home by three lengths on Saturday. Bred by Nutfield Stud, Magicality was a R425 000 buy at the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Captain Al’s fifth and final winner this past weekend came in the form of Moonlight ‘N Roses. Like Jets-A-Blazing, Moonlight ‘N Roses is owned and bred by Pat and Henry Devine. Trained by Candice Bass-Robinson, the filly made it win number three when accounting for a top class field over 1400m. (Her beaten rivals included the Captain Al sired G3 Diana Stakes winner Captain’s Flame, among others).
Captain Al, who has headed South Africa’s 2yo sires list for the past eight seasons running, also proved popular at last week’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. An unnamed daughter of the champion (whose dam is a G3 winning daughter of Klawervlei’s own high class sire Count Dubois) was knocked down to Mayfair Speculators for R525 000.