Klawervlei’s G1 winning young sires Red Ray and William Longsword are both proving extremely popular in their first seasons at stud.
Top class galloper Red Ray, who shares his sire Western Winter with last season’s leading first crop sire What A Winter, has covered some top-class mares already this season.
Among the broodmares to have visited the regally bred G1 Mercury Sprint winner are G2 Fillies Guineas runner up Generous Anna, Mars Star a daughter of red hot broodmare sire Giant’s Causeway (damsire of recent G1 winners Romantic Vision, Gun Runner and Free Drop Billy), Sundays Sister –a half-sister to champion and successful sire Jay Peg, Redoute’s Choice’s Fillies Mile runner up Thin Red Line, and Leeway –a G3 placed daughter of champion sire and leading young broodmare sire Captain Al who is directly descended from the great broodmare Sex Appeal.
The Klawervlei bred William Longsword, who emulated his champion sire Captain Al when successful in the G1 Cape Guineas, has also covered a stellar book of mares this season. Among the brilliant bay’s mates in 2017 were the likes of G1 Mercury Sprint winner Fly By Night, Amber Plain –dam of Seventh Rock’s Equus Champion Seventh Plain, Trippi’s stakes winning daughter Beloved Country, Rock Of Gibraltar sired Fillies Guineas winner Gibraltar Blue, Strawberry Line –a full sister to dual Guineas winner Solo Traveller, exceptional producers Bump N Grind and Secret Of Victoria, Ready To Run Cup winner Winter Star and G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Roxanne (who produced the stakes winning Sting Operation to the cover of William Longsword’s sire Captain Al).
A half-brother to G1 winning sprinter Real Princess, William Longsword was a superb athlete who won six of his eight outings including both the above mentioned Guineas and the CTS Mile, where he accounted for the likes of Just Sensual, Safe Harbour, Singapore Sling, Copper Force and African Night Sky.
His half-brother Silver God, a R2 000 000 buy from the 2016 Premier Sale, has been entered for the G3 Cape Classic (a race won impressively by Red Ray in 2013) later this month.
Both Red Ray and William Longsword are looking to follow in the footsteps of outstanding local bred sires Captain Al, Dynasty and Jet Master to name but a few!