Klawervlei Stud’s inform stallion WILLIAM LONGSWORD (Captain Al)’s great run of success this season continued when his high-class son MELECH won at Turffontein on Tuesday.

Tracking the front runners early on in Tuesday’s TAB Telebet Pinnacle Stakes (1600m), the Muzi Yeni ridden Melech was set alight with 200m to go, and the gelded four-year-old kicked on strongly to score gamely by half a length.

In the process, the Roy Magner trained gelding accounted for last season’s G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner LADY OF POWER (Master Of My Fate), who ran second, with high-class stakes winners MERIDIUS (Canford Cliffs), CRIMSON KING (Dynasty), LITIGATION (Greys Inn), GILDED BUTTERFLY (Flower Alley) and SAVANNAH STORM (Sudden Storm) among those further back in running.

Melech, who is owned by John Finlayson, will now be aimed at the G3 London News Stakes and ultimately the G1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes. Bred by Riverton Stud, Melech has now won five of just nine starts for earnings of more than R400 000.

His G1 Cape Guineas winning sire had another good weekend last week, with William Longsword supplying two winners on Saturday including impressive debut winner SABRE STRIKE.

Also sire of this season’s brilliant G3 New Turf Carriers Merchants/Listed Golden Loom Handicap winner DYCE, William Longsword has four lots on offer at the 2024 Cape Racing Premier Yearling Sale Powered By Tattersalls.