Klawervlei’s red hot sire Captain Al achieved a notable milestone in his stud career this weekend.
When his undefeated son Redcarpet Captain won Saturday’s G3 Englezakis Protea Stakes, he became Captain Al’s 50th individual stakes winner.
The Klawervlei bred Redcarpet Captain made it two in a row when he landed the odds in the R200 000 Protea Stakes and this Gavin Van Zyl trained colt, who cost R1.2 million at last year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, looks to be going places.
The 2015 Englezakis Protea Stakes winner is out of the five time winning Kabool mare Divine.
Fellow Captain Al son, Captain America’s subsequent success in the G1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes made it a quick fire 51 black type winners for Captain Al, who has headed South Africa’s 2YO Sires list for the past six years in a row.
Captain America, the ninth Grade 1 winner for his sire, has been a magnificent money earner for his connections, with Saturday’s Horse Chestnut Stakes win pushing his earnings to over R2.3 million. Judging by the ease of his four and a quarter length romp in Saturday’s R1 million race, it would be hard not to see this Varsfontein Stud bred gelding triumphing in future Grade 1 races. Now a six time winner from 15 outings, the multiple classic placed Captain America is out of the stakes placed Fort Wood mare Requista.
The Captain Al/Fort Wood cross is an increasingly successful one, and has already resulted in the above mentioned Captain America, as well as the stakes performers Copiapo, Fragrant Al, Possible Dream, and Wheredowego. Interestingly also to note, that Redcarpet Captain’s damsire, Kabool, is from the same family as Fort Wood.
Saturday was certainly a day to remember for Captain Al supporters, with the stallion represented by no fewer than three graded stakes winners on the day – Redcarpet Captain (G3 Protea Stakes), Captain America (G1 Horse Chestnut Stakes) and Carry On Alice (G3 Man O’War Sprint).
The latter, bred by part owners Klawervlei Stud, was landing the second graded race victory of her career having previously triumphed in last season’s Gr1 SA Nursery. One of four feature race winners on the day for trainer Sean Tarry, Carry On Alice (the second daughter of Captain Al to win the Gr3 Man O’War Sprint –Mana Mou having prevailed in 2010), is now likely to be aimed at the big Scottsville sprint day later in the season. Saturday’s win pushed her earnings to over R1.3 million with the well bred Carry On Alice looking unlikely to stop here.
Captain Al, who is also broodmare sire of G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Classic second Same Jurisdiction, is currently the sire of 51 stakes winners and a further 80 plus black type performers.
South Africa’s dominant source of stakes winning juveniles has once again made a fine start with his juveniles for the 2014-2015 season. At the time of writing, Captain Al currently sits atop of the Leading Sires of 2YOS list, with his initial juveniles already including a pair of black type winners in the above mentioned Redcarpet Captain and Princess Royal (Listed East Cape Nursery).