Two of the greatest SA sire influences come together in the pedigree of lot 28 at next week’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale.
Between them Fort Wood and Al Mufti have headed the general sires list, been champion broodmare sire and left behind them two outstanding sire sons.
Former Champion Sire Al Mufti (also broodmare sire of Klawervlei’s red hot sire Jay Peg) is the sire of Klawervlei’s outstanding resident sire Captain Al, who was South Africa’s Champion Sire in 2015-2016.
The sire of over 60 stakes winners (and counting!), Captain Al is also the sire of the most expensive yearling filly sold at public auction (his daughter Best Kept Secret fetched R5.25 million at the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale). His top representatives include the Equus Champions All Is Secret, Captain Of All and Captain’s Lover, while Captain Al’s other notable G1 winners include Captain America, Carry On Alice and former G1J&B Met winner Hill Fifty Four.
Winner of the 2000 G1 Cape Argus Guineas and seven times champion sire of 2yos, Captain Al is once again enjoying a fine season this year, and is currently South Africa’s leading sire of stakes winners for the season. His top runners include brilliant filly Cloth Of Cloud, winner of the recent G3 Pretty Polly Stakes, and fellow graded winners Captain America, Eighth Wonder and Princess Royal.
Captain Al is also the sire of lot 28 –a beautifully bred colt out of the Fort Wood mare Cornucopia.
The latter, dam of 2 winners to date, including G3 filly Can Cope, is a three time winning half sister to the brilliant Crimson Palace, whose seven wins included G1 scores in both South Africa (Paddock Stakes) and USA (Beverly D Stakes) and won races in all of Dubai, Great Britain, South Africa and the USA. Cornucopia is also a half sister to the dam of G3 Matchem Stakes winner Changingoftheguard, and her own dam is a G1 placed daughter of champion sire and multiple champion broodmare sire Northern Guest.
This is also the family of this season’s Listed Oaks Trial winner Inaninstant, among others.
The Captain Al/ Fort Wood cross has already proved highly successful, with this mating resulting in G1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut winner Captain America, G2 Tibouchina Stakes vixen Fragrant Al and this season’s G3 Magnum Cape Classic winner Eighth Wonder to name a few.