Kommetdieding after winning the WSB Met last year (Wayne Marks).
Kommetdieding loved being taken down to the beach in his time in the Harold Crawford/Michelle Rix yard as it relieved the boredom of stable life and he absolutely reveled in the freedom of his paddock upon arriving at his new home, Klawervlei Stud … or should that be his old home because Klawervlei bred him.
Klawervlei owner John Koster said, “He ran and bucked and rolled in the sand and investigated every inch of his paddock. But he is a sensible and kind horse and he had soon settled in as if he was back at home. He had a chat with Pomodoro and was eating up and looking over the fence to see where the mares were.”
Original owner Ashwin Reynolds has kept two or three shares in the Elusive Fort five-year-old.
Kommetdieding is fully syndicated and all of the big studs have shares.
John pointed out that breeders were very good in supporting each other in this way.
Because of the full syndication John hopes he will get at least 80 to 90 mares before any bookings from outsiders.
John said if Kommet had won the Met a couple of weeks back, there would have been a huge crowd of owners leading him in, because just about all of the syndicate owners were on course.
He said he seemed to recall such a lead in happening for What A Winter.
John said, “It was gut wrenching, but take nothing away from him … he is one of only seven horses in history to do the July/Met double and he came back and nearly won a second Met and has a second and a fourth in the Queen’s/King’s Plate among other Group 1 places. He is not just a good horse, he is a great horse.”
Kommetdieding provides yet another feather in the cap for the late great Klawervlei Champion stallion Captain Al as he is the first sire at stud to have Captain Al as his damsire.
John said, “I had always hoped we could stand a stallion who had Captain Al as his damsire. It enables us to make some really interesting mating plans.”
John regards Kommetdieding’s sire Elusive Fort as one of the country’s most underrated stallions.
He said, “He has produced four Group 1 winners, so has proved he can produce top horses.”
He pointed out Elusive Fort’s sire Fort Wood had not only been a great champion stallion and multiple champion broodmare stallion, but also that Elusive Fort’s dam was from the wonderful Argentinian “E” family. Furthermore, her sire was the great broodmare sire Secret Prospector.
Fort Wood was also a sire of sires and his best son at stud Dynasty has also become a sire of sires with the like of Futura and Legislate, among others, at stud.
John said Kommetdieding would be let down for close to six months and just before the breeding season would be displayed to syndicate holders and others at the famed Klawervlei Stud stallion day, which culminates in a big party.
In other Klawervlei recent news, they bred the WSB R7.5 million Gold Rush winner Royal Aussie (Royal Mo) and were the ticket holders for the runner up Dave The King.
They made a deal with Dave The King’s owners Larry Nestadt & Gary Player & Ralphs Racing to have him run under their ticket.
John believes the Gold Rush is a great concept and said the excitement in the parade ring before the race was tangible.
Klawervlei consequently snapped up a ticket at CPYS this year for the 2025 Gold Rush.