Dyce’s Gr 1 win brought a moment of unbridled joy for a couple of the Lucky Houdalakis yard’s employees (Picture: Wayne Marks)
Dyce -a First Grade One Winner For David Shawe And William Longsword
by Sarah Whitelaw
Klawervlei Stud’s homebred stallion William Longsword came up with his first Grade One winner when his son Dyce ran out a convincing winner of the G1 World Pool Cape Flying Championship at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth last Saturday.
In the process, Dyce provided his stalwart owner-breeder David Shawe with his first Grade One success in the Sport Of Kings. David first got into racing through his brother, who invited David to breakfast at Randjesfontein in 2013. During that visit, David was introduced to Geoff Woodruff, and later met Sharon Patterson -both of whom have played important roles in David’s racing career.
The first horse he was involved was the Var gelding Dirty Champagne, but David’s best horse, prior to Dyce, was the very classy Singapore Sling. The latter, a son of Philanthropist and the Western Winter mare Sing Dixie Sing, not only won the G2 Dingaans in 2016, but also enjoyed a hugely successful campaign in Hong Kong where Singapore Sling earned more than R35 million in prize money.
Another good horse raced by David was Al Danza (Captain Al -Jet Danza), with the latter winning 2018 Listed Jacaranda Handicap and finishing runner up in the G1 Empress Club Stakes in the same year.
Al Danza has a Gimmethegreenlight filly at foot, and she is back in foal to South Africa’s reigning champion sire.
David boards his breeding stock at Winterbach Stud, and when his yearlings are ready they get sent to Sharon Patterson (at David’s house) to get broken in. He had previously boarded at Sorrento Stud, where Dyce himself was broken in.
He purchased Dyce’s Galileo sired dam Beshaayir in foal to William Longsword, with David liking William Longsword after remembering his duels with his own star Singapore Sling.
The well related Beshaayir is currently in foal to Gimmethegreenlight, and has a two-year-old Lancaster Bomber two-year-old yet to be sent into training. Unfortunately Beshaayir’s three-year-old Itsybitsy Spider (by Lancaster Bomber) was injured in training and thus was unable to race. However, Itsybitsy Spider is now in foal to Erik The Red, like William Longsword a son of Captain Al.
Beshaayir also has a yearling full-brother to Dyce currently at Winterbach Stud.
Beshaayir’s outstanding son Dyce has had a star-crossed career, with the speedster having had two serious injuries during his career thus far. Described as a beast of a speciman, Dyce has, however, a wonderful temperament, with David saying the entire is like a lamb.
Dyce wins full of running on Saturday (Picture: Wayne Marks)
Stud plans are definitely on the cards for Dyce, but David and Lucky Houdalakis both feel as he is lightly raced there should be plenty more to come from him. David is keen for Dyce to target the Computaform Sprint following which he could be aimed at two G1 races in KwaZulu-Natal.
While Dyce might have been winning for a first time at the top level on Saturday, the entire had captured three black type races prior to landing the 2024 Cape Flying Championship with Dyce’s previous black type victories had come in the 2021 G2 Epol Umkhomazi Stakes, and this season’s G3 New Turf Carrier Merchants and Listed Golden Loom Handicap.
The five-year-old, who had been laid off for 15 months following his Umkhomazi win, hails from the first crop of his sire William Longsword, with the latter a very well bred son of outstanding sire Captain Al. Out of the Fort Wood mare Pagan Princess, herself a winning half-sister to three stakes winners including Dubai star and G1 sire Victory Moon (sired, like William Longsword’s own sire Captain Al, by Al Mufti), William Longsword is himself a full-brother to 2021 Listed World Sports Betting Sweet Chestnut Stakes winner Really Royal and half-brother to two other stakes winners.
William Longsword’s G1 South Africa Fillies Sprint/G3 Poinsettia Stakes winning half-sister Real Princess (by Trippi) has also done her bit to uphold the family’s honour. Not only is Real Princess herself the dam of dual G1 winner Gimme A Prince (by Gimmethegreenlight), her three-year-old son The Real Prince (a full-brother to Gimme A Prince) made a big impression when winning by two and a quarter lengths on debut.
Yet another member of this prolific family, Arabian Pearl (by Al Mufti), a half-sister to William Longsword’s dam Pagan Princess, herself made headlines last season when her son Future Pearl (by Futura) was crowned Equus Champion Stayer for 2022-2023.
William Longsword emulated his champion sire Captain Al by wining the G1 Cape Guineas. Trained, like his sire, by Vaughan Marshall, William Longsword made just eight starts but won six of them including the 2016 G1 Cape Guineas (beating inform sire Gold Standard into second place) and the same season’s The CTS 1600. The latter race saw the strapping bay account for a high-class field, with his beaten rivals headed by Singapore Sling and Janbooi, who went on to claim the 2018 The Hong Kong Classic Cup and 2018 G2 Zabeel Mile respectively when sent overseas, Equus Champion Just Sensual and 2018 G1 G-Bets Summer Cup winner Tilbury Fort.
Vaughan had the following to say about his former charge, “He just had fantastic ability and was a horse with great cruising speed. There was a lot of Captain about him in terms of his nature and zest for work, and he was up there with the best I have trained. He got his size from Fort Wood. I never got to the bottom of him, and feel he could have been a Met/July contender.”a
Retired to Klawervlei in 2017, William Longsword made a good impression with his first two-year-olds seeing him finish second, to Rafeef, on South Africa’s Leading First Season Sires premiership of 2020-2021, and he was also 11th on South Africa’s Leading 2YO Sires premiership for the same season.
His first 43 runner strong first crop has seen 30 winners emerge, with this tally headed by five black type horses. While Dyce has been the star of William Longsword’s first crop, this crop has also produced Listed Secretariat Stakes winner Bon Vivant, Listed Model Man Mile winner Hasta Manana, G2 Prosport International Debutante runner up Remember When and Safe Return. The latter finished a close up second in the 2021 Listed#Womeninracing Sophomore Sprint when beaten only by subsequent G2 World Sports Betting Guineas winner Zapatillas.
William Longsword’s second crop has produced four stakes winners and a further two stakes placed horses. Stars in this crop are the graded stakes winners Itsrainingwilliam (G3 World Sports Betting Legal Eagle Stakes) and Rulership (G3 Betway Lebelo Sprint), and stakes winners Lord William and Virginia Sweet. The smart performer Melech is another member of this crop.
His third crop, current three-year-olds, include the stakes placed trio of Ice Star, Tamil Tigress and Just Be Lekker, with the latter, runner up in the 2023 Cape Racing Sales The Ready To Run Stakes, having already earned more than R780 000 in prize money.
William Longsword, who had yearlings make up to R750 000 on the recent Cape Racing Premier Yearling Sale Powered By Tattersalls, has four lots on sale at the 2024 Cape Yearling Sale.