WILLIAM Longsword will probably be aimed at the CTS $1-million mile on Sun Met Day following his top notch victory in Saturday’s Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas at Kenilworth.
Derek Brugman, Racing Manager for the colt’s owners, Mayfair Speculators, said on Monday that campaigns elsewhere in the country in 2017 will not be considered, and that exporting him to the United States was not an option either.
Brugman said: “We won’t be going to KZN for their season, he is a top class miler and the Daily News 2000 could be a touch too far for him whereas the Gr2 Guineas over 1600m at Greyville is not a priority race in the bigger scheme of things.
“William Longsword has a Gr1 win behind him now, the Guineas is the stallion-making race we had planned for him from Day On. He has a stallion’s pedigree being by Captain Al out of Pagan Princess who has already produced Gr1 winning mare Real Princess.”
“After the CTS mile we will sit down and discuss whether he goes to stud at the end of his three-year-old career (as his father Captain Al did) or whether we keep him for the Queen’s Plate in 2018.
“To get a three-year-old colt into the United States is a nightmare. Their post quarantine CEM rules require any colt to physically test breed to two mares before they can become part of the general population. Any horseman will concede that this is absolute madness and we can’t and won’t jeopardise our horse’s careers by complying with such a requirement.”
In a mail to William Longsword’s connections, breeder John Koster of Klawervlei Stud sent some photos of the colt as a young, developing horse and noted: “This is how your Guineas winner developed during his early life at Klawervlei. Well done chaps – this is a triumph of particular note!” See photos below.