Former champion sire Captain Al, who headed South Africa’s 2yo sires list for an eighth consecutive season in 2015-2016, had another good weekend when he was represented by a treble of winners.
The ultra-consistent son of Al Mufti kicked off the weekend when his son Captain On The Run picked up his sixth career victory when successful over 1000m at Fairview last Friday.
Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Captain On The Run has now won his last two races in a row for owners Mayfair Speculators and this gelding has amassed over R300 000 in prize money.
Captain Al’s second winner of the weekend came when the blue blooded filly Victoria College bolted up to break her maiden (at just the second time of asking) by four and a half lengths at Durbanville on Saturday.
A half sister to the G1 placed Black Toga, this Klawervlei bred three-year-old looks progressive and capable of going on from this maiden win.
Captain Al’s third and final weekend winner came in the form of the Gary Player Stud Farm bred Ibtihaj ran on smartly to register her initial win over 1200m at Greyville’s Sunday meeting. Out of the Artistis mare Typical, Ibtihaj (who races for Al Khayl Breeders) is a half sister to four other winners notably Listed Michael Roberts Handicap hero Alghadeer (by Dynasty).
South Africa’s Champion Sire in 2014-2015, Captain Al has over 70 stakes winners to his credit including the Equus Champions All Is Secret, Always In Charge, Captain Of All, Cloth Of Cloud and Captain’s Lover.
The champion has three lots on offer at the upcoming CTS Ready To Run Sale:
Lot 74 – this colt, a half brother to G3 filly Can Cope, is a full brother to the smart recent winner Captain Courteous. Bred on the same Captain Al/Fort Wood cross as G1 winner Captain America, this colt’s three time winning dam is a half sister to US G1 winner Crimson Palace and his second dam is a G1 daughter of the great broodmare sire Northern Guest
Lot 128 – a half or full brother to 4 winners, this well bred colt is out of an Elusive Quality half brother to European classic winners, and his second dam is a Sadler’s Wells half sister to French 1000 Guineas runner up Firth of Lorne (herself a classic producer).
Lot 131 – a half/full brother to five winners, this colt is out of a three parts sister to G2 winning sprinter Casino Queen and stakes winner Toronto Star, and half brother to G2 Woolavington Cup hero Jungle Earl