PROGENY of past and present Klawervlei sires dominated the two Guineas races run at Greyville on Friday night.
Klawervlei’s much missed champion sire Captain Al was responsible for the first two home in Friday night’s G2 Daisy Fillies Guineas, while the farm’s hot young stallion, and European champion, Twice Over is the sire of Friday’s G2 Daisy Guineas winner Do It Again.
Captain Al, South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2014-2015, achieved yet another great result this season when his daughters Fiorella and Snowdance filled the first two positions in the R500 000 Daisy Fillies Guineas.
The Duncan Howells trained Fiorella, who races for owner Dave MacLean, picked up the first graded win of her career when powering home to beat hot favourite, and front runner, Snowdance in the 2018 Daisy Fillies Guineas.
Now a winner of four of her nine outings, and fourth previously in the G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, Fiorella, who took her earnings to over R600 000 with Friday’s win, was bred by the Varsfontein Stud.
The filly, bred on the same Captain Al/Caesour cross as Paddock Stakes winner Emerald Cove and Graham Beck Stakes hero Doosra, is the third individual Guineas winner for Captain Al this season, following in the footsteps of Snowdance (Cape Fillies Guineas) and Tap O’ Noth (Cape Guineas).
Captain Al went close to enjoying a feature race double with his G3 Byerley Turk winning son Undercover Agent narrowly beaten in Friday night’s G2 The Independent on Saturday Drill Hall Stakes. Another son, Tap O’ Noth, was a close up third in the Daisy Guineas itself-making it a memorable night indeed for the late, great stallion.
Captain Al looks to have a number of exciting young sire sons at stud, including the Klawervlei based pair of Captain Of All and William Longsword, as well as the potentially exciting prospect Always In Charge.
The Klawervlei Stud based four time G1 winner Twice Over has made a cracking start to his stud career, with his early first crop winners including G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion winner Sand And Sea and G3 Politician Stakes winner Doublemint.
The champion, who had a double on Friday, has another hugely talented member of his first crop in the form of Do it Again, who landed the first feature win of his career when victorious in the G2 Daisy Guineas.
Runner up previously in the G1 Investec Cape Derby, the Justin Snaith trained Do It Again, who accounted for the first and second in the recent G1 Forus Cape Guineas in Friday’s race, stamped his class on a high class field when romping to an authorative one and a quarter length win in the R600 000 classic.
Bred by the Northfields Stud, the Nick Jonsson, Bernard Kantor owned gelding has now won three of his six races, with his previous placings including a third place finish in the G2 Selangor Cup. Do It Again, clearly one of the best of his generation, took his earnings to over R700 000 with Friday’s win and he looks to have plenty of more big race wins in him!
His sire Twice Over, responsible for the second top lot sold at the second session of the recent Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, has been enjoying a tremendous run of form of late, with his other notable winners including the eye catching two-year-old On The Double.
Photo: Fiorella (Anton Marcus, nearest camera), pipped Snowdance in the Daisy Guineas. (Candiese Marnewick).