KLAWERVLEI stallions enjoyed plenty of success on one of the biggest weekends on the South African racing calendar, with a number of their resident sires making news on the weekend of the 2017 Vodacom Durban July.

Exciting young stallion Twice Over’s great run of sales ring success continued when a colt by the four time G1 winning champion fetched R800 000 to top the 2017 KZN Yearling Sale on Fridayafternoon. Consigned by Highlands Farm Stud (part of Ridgemont), the colt is out of the winning mare Gin Rummy –who shares her sire Tapit with Klawervlei’s exciting new stallion Coup De Grace.

Twice Over’s progeny have been in consistent demand this year –with his yearlings fetching up to R2.1 million and his popularity continues to soar unabated. Currently South Africa’s third leading First Crop Sire, Twice Over’s first runners this season include undefeated G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion winner Sand And Sea –a leading contender for Equus Award glory.

Another Klawervlei sire with a potential Equus Award contender is Count Dubois, whose Klawervlei Farm Sale graduate son Edict Of Nantes confirmed his class with a bold third in the G1 Vodacom Durban July on Saturday. As the only 3yo male to have collected two G1 races this season, the Mayfair Speculators owned colt, who was bred by Klawervlei, could well be in line to land the Equus Award for Champion 3YO Colt.

Champion sire Captain Al was represented by a 17th black type win of the season on Saturday when his Normandy Stud bred son Crowd Pleaser (headlne picture) picked up his first graded feature in the G3 Betting World 2200m. Owned by the Wernars family, the Johan Janse Van Vuuren trained colt made all, under a fine ride from Keagan De Melo, to defeat graded winners Royal Badge, Trophy Wife and Zodiac Ruler and score a two length win –going away. Crowd Pleaser, a R380 000 buy from the 2015 CTS Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa, is the ninth stakes winner to have emerged from Captain Al’s current crop of 3yos (others include champions Always In Charge and Cloth Of Cloud, as well as Klawervlei’s new sire William Longsword), and is his sire’s 78th stakes winner overall.

Two other sons of Captain Al caught the eye on July day, with Captain Splendid finishing first past the post in the G3 SABC Gold Vase and 2yo Captain And Master stamping himself a potential classic hope when running on strongly from the back of the field for a fast finishing third in the G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe, while another by the sire, Celtic Captain, finished second in the Listed Business Solutions Handicap over 1600m.

Photo: KZN Sale, Lot 241, salestopper by Twice Over.