100 up for Al
Klawervlei’s outstanding resident stallion, Captain Al, was recently represented by his 100 black type performer. On Saturday, two Captain Al fillies, Alascan Maiden and Pure Power, ran 2-3 in the Listed Perfect Promise Sprint to give their sire his 100th and 101th stakes horse.
A top-class racehorse, Captain Al, whose half-sister Shadow Dancing is the dam of recent Gr1 Empress Club Stakes heroine Thunder Dance, won 9 races up to 1600, including the Gr1 Cape Guineas, where he defeated a stellar field which included G1 winners Glamour Boy, The Sheik and Badger’s Coast.
Retired to stud, Captain Al’s first crop included no fewer than 12 black type performers. To date he has sired five G1 winners, including champion Captain’s Lover, who was the first South African bred to win a French G3 race. (She won the Prix du Pin in 2008).
Named Equus Outstanding Stallion in 2009, Captain Al has headed the SA juveniles list on three consecutive occasions. The sire was also second on the general sires log in 2008-2009.
The son of Al Mufti has enjoyed another great season this year, with his runners include J&B Met runner up Hill Fifty Four, champion filly All Is Secret and stakes winning fillies Only Emily and Victorian Secret.
He is strongly represented at the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, with no fewer than 19 lots on offer. His draft includes a half-brother to G1 winner On Her Toes, a filly out of G1 winner Geepee S and a half-sister to one of Gauteng’s top current performers, Whiteline Fever.
Captain Al stood the 2012 season for a registered fee of R120,000