THE progeny of Klawervlei Stud’s late, great stallion Captain Al (Al Mufti) enjoyed a truly Super Saturday this weekend as he dominated three of the four Gr1 contests at Scottsville on Saturday as as a sire and broodmare sire.
Captain Al’s two-year-old daughter Miss Florida became the multiple champion’s 20th G1 winner (and 95th individual stakes winner) when she downed a high-class field to win the G1 Allan Robertson Championship for trainer Justin Snaith, jockey Luke Ferraris and owner-breeder Nick Johnsson.
Now unbeaten in two starts, Miss Florida is the third Captain Al filly to win this 1200m feature, following the remarkable full-sisters All Is Secret and The Secret Is Out.
Captain Al also made waves in the very next race with his G2 winning daughter Townsend being the dam of Saturday’s G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion winner Eden Rock. The Varsfontein Stud bred colt took his record to two wins (from as many starts) when scoring a convincing win for trainer Sean Tarry, owner Chris Van Niekerk and champion jockey Lyle Hewitson.
Eden Roc (by Avontuur Stud’s stalwart VAR) is bred on the same cross as graded stakes winners Ghaalla and William The Silent, both sired by VAR out of daughters of Captain Al.
Remarkably, Captain Al’s dominance carried over into the G1 South African Fillies Sprint, where his daughters Celtic Sea and Snowdance ran first and second (another daughter, Juniper Spring, finished fifth in the R750 000 feature).
Now a triple graded stakes winner, the Sean Tarry trained Celtic Sea was also steered to victory by the mercurial Lyle Hewitson, and the well related filly races for owners Antony and Angela Beck.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, the three-year-old Celtic Sea is the 21st G1 winner sired by Captain Al and joins the likes of Carry On Alice and Captain’s Gal as SA Fillies Sprint winning daughters of Captain Al.
Captain Al’s G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge winning son Undercover Agent (who will retire to Klawervlei at the end of the season) also caught the eye when running on smartly for fourth in Saturday’s G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint –beaten just over a length by the winner to whom he was conceding 5.5kgs.
Captain Al, whose Klawervlei based son Captain Of All is one of South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sires this season, is now on the verge of having sired 100 stakes winners.
Headline photo: Celtic Sea wins SA Fillies Sprint. (Candiese Marnewick).