Klawervlei Stud’s G1 Cape Guineas winning sire WILLIAM LONGSWORD (Captain Al) has made a promising start to his stud career and he came up with his first winner when his son SAFE RETURN romped home to a brilliant win at Kenilworth on Wednesday.

Trained, like both William Longsword and Captain Al himself, by Vaughan Marshall (who also trained Captain Al’s first winner), the Klawervlei Stud bred colt had finished second, on Cape Town Met day, on debut, and he went one better on Wednesday with a scintillating performance.

Under Anton Marcus, Safe Return flew out of the starting stalls and from there was never headed. Marcus had time to look over his shoulder, as Safe Return went on to record a four and a quarter length win.

Nominated for the G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery, Safe Return races for Messrs D G Abery, J J Habib & R M Sewgoolam, Ralphs Racing (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Miss K Ralphs) & Westward Bloodstock Ltd (Nom: Mrs F Carmichael).

A brilliant racehorse himself, William Longsword won six of only eight starts and joined the likes of his own champion sire CAPTAIN AL (Al Mufti) as well as multiple champion sire and broodmare sire JET MASTER (Rakeen) when he captured the G1 Cape Guineas of his year.

William Longsword shares his multiple champion sire with more than 100 stakes winners including this season’s star three-year-olds CAPTAIN’S RANSOM, ERIK THE RED and MALMOOS, and Klawervlei’s successful sire, and multiple G1 winner, CAPTAIN OF ALL.

Himself a R2 200 000 buy from the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, William Longsword has 23 lots on offer at this year’s Premier Sale, and a further nine lots on the Cape Yearling Sale.