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Jane Truter leads in the Vaughan Marshall-trained Querari gelding Questioning, bred and owned by Alec and the honourable Gillian Foster, after his win in the Gr 3 Cape Classic on Sunday (Picture: Wayne Marks)

Former Champion sire Captain Al has been the National Champion Damsire for the last two seasons and this great horse’s former trainer Vaughan Marshall, together with owners and breeders Alec and The Honourable Gillian Foster, have the chance to make some probably unique Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas history with him through his grandson Questioning.
Marshall won the Gr 1 Cape Guineas with Captain Al in  the year 2000.
That was his third Cape Guineas win following Sea Warrior (Complete Warrior) and Face North (Northfields) in 1986 and 1990.
Marshall has had unbelievable success going back to the well during his career and Captain Al is in fact out of a Complete Warrior mare.
Since Captain Al’s Cape Guineas win, Vaughan has added two more victories in this sire-producing event, and both of them were with sons of Captain Al.
William Longsword, who is now a successful sire, won it for him in 2016 and Tap O’ Noth did it in 2017.
Tap O’ Noth was a homebred of Alec and Gillian Foster’s.
So this makes Saturday’s Gr 3 Cape Classic winner Questioning a most interesting Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas prospect.
He is not only a homebred of the Fosters, but he is also out of a Captain Al mare called Wheredowego.
Wheredowego, who resides at Varsfontein Stud, had already given the Fosters a stakes winner in the Marshall-trained Senso Unico, who has won both of his starts this season including the Listed Hollywoodbets Settlers Trophy over 2000m.
Senso Unico is by Twice Over and is a rangy type who always looked likely to need time to fulfil his potential. He is coming into his own now and runs in the Listed Woolavington Stakes over 2400m on Saturday.
Questioning, on the other hand, is by Querari, so not surprisingly is more forward and has more speed than Senso Unico had as a three-year-old.
Vaughan said Questioning had come out of Saturday’s race “a hundred percent” and he would decide next week what his route into the Cape Guineas would be.
If he does manage to win the Cape Guineas it will mean Marshall has won the great race with three generations of the same horse, Captain Al, while the Fosters would have done it with two generations of Captain Al.
An exciting point is that the Fosters have two more horses on the ground from Wheredowego and both will obviously be sent to the Marshall yard. One of them is by Varsfontein’s national champion sire Gimmethegreenlight and the other is a full sibling to Questioning, being by Querari.
Vaughan has already gone desparately close to winning the Cape Guineas with three generations of Captain Al through Linebacker in 2020.  The latter was a son of Captain’s Al’s son Captain Of All. Not only was he caught wide in the running, but he shifted away from the whip in the final stages when probably just needing to stay straight to win. He lost the race by an agonising neck to Russian Rock. He later proved himself superior to Russian Rock over both a mile and further.
Alec Foster has quite a simple breeding philsosphy.

He breeds cattle in the U.K. and said after Tap O’ Noth’s victory, “When you have a very good bull and good cows, you will produce top quality cattle. It is exactly the same in horseracing.”

He continued, “Not only did Tap O’Noth’s champion sire Captain Al win the Cape Guineas, but his dam Wintersweet was by champion sire Western Winter, who has produced two Cape Guineas winners.”

However, a lot is still about chance and Alec said, “Every horse you breed you have a champion in mind, but you can’t dictate whether he will be a champion or a plodder.”

One bit of fate in Alec and Gillian’s favour relates to the fortunes of Alec’s beloved England cricket team.

He is a cricket fanatic and in fact his first visit to South Africa was in 1977 with the Eton Ramblers cricket team and toured with them again in 1981.

When Tap O’ Noth won the Cape Guineas England were on there way to a third successive defeat in an Ashes series, which they went on to lose 4-0.

Currently, England fans are having it even worse, because they are propping up the cricket world cup table!

However, the question is whether Questioning can provide some consolation for Alec just as Tap O’Noth did six years ago.

His win on Saturday under Bernard Fayd’Herbe was eyecatching and he looks to have a progressive profile. Of course his chances of winning the Cape Guineas will be enhanced if the mighty Johannesburg pair, Sandringham Summit and Main Defender, do not make the journey down.

Meanwhile, Wheredowego’s value as a broodmare is set to skyrocket if her son does go on to Guineas glory.