Klawervlei Stud’s promising young stallion WILLIAM LONGSWORD (Captain Al) gained a handsome update to his pedigree when his full-sister REALLY ROYAL won the Listed World Sports Betting Sweet Chestnut Stakes (1600m) at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Under a fine ride by the inform Luyolo Mxothwa, the Klawervlei Stud bred Really Royal launched a strong late run down the inside which saw the filly hit the wire a short-head in front of her stablemate RAIN IN NEWMARKET (Kingsbarns).

The Sweet Chestnut Stakes of 2021 was also a triumph for trainer Justin Snaith, who saddled the first three fillies home.

Now a winner of two of her five starts (she was an impressive winner on debut) the Bjorn Nielsen owned Really Royal was the top lot sold from the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, when the blue-blooded filly fetched R4 000 000.

One of 104 stakes winners for Klawervlei’s late, great sire CAPTAIN AL (Al Mufti), Really Royal is the fourth stakes winner produced by the winning FORT WOOD (Sadler’s Wells) mare PAGAN PRINCESS, with the latter also responsible for G1 Cape Guineas winning sire William Longsword, G1 South African Fillies Sprint queen REAL PRINCESS (Trippi) and Wolf Power 1600 hero SILVER GOD (Silvano).

William Longsword, whose first 2yo runners this season include the impressive SAFE RETURN, proved popular at the recent National Yearling Sale where his yearlings fetched up to R1 000 000.

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