South Africa hosted two graded races this past weekend, and both were dominated by the progeny of Klawervlei stallions.
First of the graded races run was Saturday’s G3 Magnum Cape Classic, which was won by the Moutonshoek bred Eighth Wonder from Rodney and Hard Day’s Night.
First and third home in the Classic were sired by Captain Al (who had a trio of winners at Kenilworth on Saturday) and Warm White Night respectively, with both of those sires resident at Klawervlei.
Sunday’s graded race was the G3 Betting World Algoa Cup, which was won by the Daytona Stud bred Stonehenge (Seventh Rock) from stable mate Orchestrated (Jay Peg). Again both sires stand at Klawervlei!
Stonehenge, who cost R100 000 at the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book1) has now won or placed in seven of 12 outings and earned more than R380 000 for the Seventh Rock Syndicate. He is one of four stakes horses produced in former G1 Gold Medallion winner Seventh Rock’s first crop. A blue blooded son of Rock Of Gibraltar and champion sprinter Ruby Clipper, Seventh Rock’s second crop has already produced a champion in the form of last season’s Equus Champion 2YO Colt Seventh Plain. The latter, bred by Klawervlei, has won four of his five outings, with his victories including three graded races –G1 Tsogo Sun Medallion, G1 Durban Golden Horseshoe and G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes.
Captain Al, sire of Eighth Wonder, was Champion Sire in South Africa last season and also headed the Leading Sires Of 2YOS log for a seventh consecutive time. The sire of more than 100 stakes horses to date, Captain Al has ten individual G1 winners to his credit –including last season’s G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes winner Captain America, who has accepted to run in a pinnacle stakes over 1400m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Eighth Wonder, a R500 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, is the latest top class performer sired by Captain Al out of a Fort Wood mare. That cross has also produced the above mentioned Captain America (who has earned more than R2.3 million in prize money) G2 Tibouchina Stakes winner Fragrant Al, Listed East Cape Nursery winner Captain Swarovski, G2 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery runner up Sublime Lady, and the G1 placed Possible Dream.