Klawervlei Stud’s triple G1 winning stallion CAPTAIN OF ALL (Captain Al) has had a tremendous seven days or so.
Not only was the former Champion Sprinter responsible for five winners during the past seven days, but his outstanding son LINEBACKER also ran second in Saturday’s G1 Vodacom Durban July.
Last Friday, Captain Of All’s talented son SULLENBERGER made it win number six when he saluted over 1200m for trainer Jaap Visser, jockey Francois Herholdt, and owner Harry Govender. Bred by David Allan, Sullenberger had caught the eye when winning the Fairview Merchants (Non-Black Type), over star three-year-old GLOBAL DRUMMER (Global View), earlier in the season and made a welcome return to winning form with his score on Friday
Captain Of All then went on to enjoy graded success the following day, when his Sean Tarry trained son SHANGO saluted in Saturday’s G3 Hollywoodbets 2200 (2200m) on Vodacom Durban July day.
Under Louis Mxothwa, the four-year-old swooped late to land the graded feature by a neck for owners Chris Van Niekerk and Bruce Gardner. Bred by the Heritage Stud, Shango, also victorious in the 2019 G2 TAB/Betting World Dingaans, has now earned over R720 000 in prize money.
On Tuesday, Captain Of All enjoyed further success when his Candice Dawson trained son PRIDE OF PARIS got off the mark, at just the second time of asking, when scoring over 1600m at Turffontein. Bred and owned by Ralphs Racing, the lightly raced four-year-old had been fourth on his only previous start.
The champion son of Captain Al struck again at Kenilworth on Wednesday, when his two-year-old daughter IMPRESSIVE QUEEN won for trainer Piet Botha and owners Messrs J N A Mantel & B R Nel, Mrs N Botha, Greenacres Trust (Nom: Mr N M Shirtliff) & Lipari Racing CC (Nom: Mr M Le Roux). Under Louis Mxothwa, Impressive Queen, placed on her two previous starts, kept finding more in the closing stages and went on to post a near three-parts of a length win over 1600m. Bred by Millstream Farm, Impressive Queen has now won or placed in five of her seven starts.
Captain Of All’s good week continued at the Vaal on Thursday, with his Klawervlei Stud bred son CAPTAIN MORISCO landing Thursday’s seventh race for trainer Ashley Fortune, jockey Calvin Habib and owners Messrs C A F Goncalves, A C Fortune, D Luiz & F Vahab. Bred on the same Captain Of All/Jet Master cross as Shango, Captain Morisco justified pre-race support when cruising home to a hands and heels win, while scoring over 1100m. The consistent three-year-old has now won or placed in ten of 15 starts and he should not stop here.