July day success for William Longsword

July day success for William Longsword

Klawervlei Stud’s inform sire WILLIAM LONGSWORD (Captain Al) came up with a smart looking winner at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Hollywoodbets Durban July day.

His daughters JUST BE LEKKER and SHIPHOLIA ran first and second in Saturday’s Brentford FC Pinnacle Stakes (1200m) to give their sire a memorable result.

Among those beaten by Just Be Lekker were the classy stakes winners BALTIC SECRET (Querari), SHANTASTIC (Rafeef) and TROPPO VELOCE (Rafeef).

Under an inform S’Manga Khumalo, classy three-year-old Just Be Lekker stormed home down the centre of the track to thrash her paternal half-sister Shipholia by nearly three lengths.

Trained by Candice Dawson, the Ralphs Racing owned Just Be Lekker was winning for a fourth time, with the filly having already earned well over R900 000 in stakes.

Bred by the Ralphs Syndicate, Just Be Lekker had shown some smart form earlier this season, finishing runner up in the Cape Racing Sales The Ready To Run Stakes and third in the G2 Betway Joburg F and M Spring Challenge.

Her sire William Longsword, whose son MELECH ran a close up fourth in Saturday’s G2 Post Merchants, has had a fine season in 2023-2024, with his flagbearers including high-class sprinters DYCE and RULERSHIP, Listed Secretariat Stakes winner SABRE STRIKE and G1 TAB SA Classic third place getter WILLIAM IRON ARM.

 

 

High hopes for Captain Of All filly

High hopes for Captain Of All filly

Klawervlei Stud’s inform stallion CAPTAIN OF ALL (Captain Al) looks to have a promising two-year-old to his name this season in the form of FIERY PEGASUS.

The latter made it two wins from just four starts when she won at Turffontein on Sunday afternoon.

Trained by Joe Soma, Fiery Pegasus was given a shrewd ride by Richard Fourie in Sunday’s 4Racing Welcomes You Juvenile Plate (Fillies) (1400m). Fourie settled his mount and bought Fiery Pegasus with a sustained late run which saw the combination get up to win impressively by a length and three quarters.

Fourie described the filly as a “lovely¬† filly with plenty more to come” in the post-race interview, and Fiery Pegasus looks to have a bright future ahead of her.

Bred by Greenacres Trust and the Hemel ‘N Aarde Stud, Fiery Pegasus races for Messrs J R Blumberg,D Chinsammy,R G Coppin,E Naicker,B M Nassif, G, K & M M Nassif,Mr B & Mrs K Ncube,MGAS Bloodstock, Kisten Pillay Racing Syndicate.

The well bred Fiery Pegasus is a full-sister to multiple graded stakes winner SHANGO (Captain Of All).

She was one of two winners for her sire this weekend, with Captain Of All gelding PURPLE OPERATOR winning at Fairview on Friday. Now a five time winner, the Keivan Stud bred Purple Operator races for the Hollywood Syndicate.

 

Three in a row for Twice Over filly

Three in a row for Twice Over filly

Klawervlei Stud’s four time G1 winning stallion TWICE OVER (Observatory) has had another good season, and the former Cartier Champion was back in the headlines when his progressive daughter YOU WIN AGAIN won at Fairview on Friday.

The inform You Win Again was wracking up a hatrick of wins when she won on Friday, with the daughter of Twice Over having won both her two starts leading into Friday’s race.

Under a strong ride from Richard Fourie, the Alan Greeff trained four-year-old, who had gone up 16 points leading into Friday’s race, stayed on gamely to post a three-parts of a length win.

Bred by Klawervlei Stud, You Win Again races for Bernard Kantor, Messrs D and H Yutar.

Since relocating to the Eastern Cape, You Win Again has yet to finish out of the first four.

Twice Over is also sire of OFFICIAL SECRET, who ran third in Friday’s Walmer Handicap.

A proven source of G1 horses, Twice Over had several memorable big pay days this season, notably when his G1 Cape Guineas winning son DOUBLE SUPERLATIVE won the 2024 G1 World Sports Betting Cape Town Met.

At the time of writing, Twice Over has been responsible for more South African stakes winners this season than the likes of WHAT A WINTER (Western Winter), PATHFORK (Distorted Humor), and FUTURA (Dynasty).

Klawervlei tops KZN Sale

Klawervlei tops KZN Sale

Klawervlei Stud enjoyed some fantastic results at Thursday’s KZN Yearling Sale, which took place at the Suncoast Casino in Durban. Not only did Klawervlei, As Agent, consign the top lot sold at Thursday’s auction, but the Bonnievale farm also ended up as the day’s Leading Vendors by Aggregate.

The Klawervlei consigned LOVECOMESKNOCKING (Lot 72), a daughter of GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (More Than Ready) and Listed East Cape Oaks winner EROS’S GIRL (Captain Al) was knocked down to Mary Liley for R1 900 000 to top the 2024 KZN Yearling Sale.

The blue blooded filly, a three-parts sister to G3 winner UNIVERSAL (Gimmethegreenlight), is a full-sister to promising filly LOVEGRASS (Gimmethegreenlight) and she is bred on the same Gimmethegreenlight/Captain Al cross as retired champion SANDRINGHAM SUMMIT and fellow G1 winners GUNNER and PROCEED.

Klawervlei Stud, as Agent, sold all ten yearlings they consigned in Durban, with the farm’s yearlings fetching a total of R5 850 000 and averaging an impressive R585 000.

Klawervlei are also breeders of Equus Champion, and sire sensation, ONE WORLD (Captain Al). The latter was Leading Sire by Aggregate at the KZN Yearling Sale this year, with One World yearlings grossing R4 115 000 at Thursday’s sale.

One World’s top lot sold was the Klawervlei consigned colt (Lot 162) out of QUITE FRANKLY (Frankel) who was sold to JASM Solutions for R700 000.

Picture: Candiese Lenferna Photography

July day success for William Longsword

Brilliant two-year-old winner for William Longsword

Klawervlei Stud’s homebred Cape Guineas winner WILLIAM LONGSWORD (Captain Al) has some very smart two-year-olds this season, and the son of Captain Al came up with another juvenile winner this season when his daughter WILLY MEET AGAIN won impressively at the Vaal on Thursday.

Runner up on her only previous start, when beaten only by G3 TAB Pretty Polly Stakes winner SIMPLY MAJESTIC (Canford Cliffs), the Lucky Houdalakis trained Willy Meet Again turned Thursday’s Play Soccer 6, 10 and 13 Maiden Plate (F&M) into a procession.

Under Craig Zackey, the William Longsword powered home to win as she liked by four and a quarter lengths. The winning jockey described Willy Meet Again as a “lovely filly” in the post-race interview, and she looks to be an exciting prospect.

Bred and owned by David Shawe, Willy Meet Again is the seventh two-year-old winner this season for William Longsword, with the latter having come up with more juvenile winners in 2023-2024 than the likes of BUFFALO BILL CODY (Redoute’s Choice), DANON PLATINA (Deep Impact), RAFEEF (Redoute’s Choice) and VAR (Forest Wildcat).

William Longsword has had a wonderful season in 2023-2024 with his flagbearers also including G1 World Pool Cape Flying Championship/G3 New Turf Carriers Merchants winner DYCE, G3 Betway Lebelo Sprint hero RULERSHIP and Listed Secretariat Stakes winner SABRE STRIKE.

High hopes for Captain Of All filly

Weekend double for Captain Of All

Klawervlei Stud’s inform stallion CAPTAIN OF ALL (Captain Al) came up with two more smart winners over the weekend.

On Sunday, Captain Of All gelding TROMPIE romped home to a very impressive win at Turffontein.

Now in the care of Brett and James Crawford, four-year-old Trompie turned Sunday’s In Loving Memory Of Johan Bester Middle Stakes into a one horse race.

Under Nirvan Nastili, the Captain Of All gelding flew out of the starting stalls and quickly went to the front. From there, Trompie pulled away to win convincingly by two and a half lengths, with graded stakes winners KARANGETANG (Erupt) and ROLLWITHTHEPUNCHES (Act Of War) among those beaten by Trompie.

Bred by Beaumont Stud, Trompie races for Messrs Gujadhur and Rod Mattheyse.

Captain Of All is also the sire of JEWEL CAT, with that Klawervlei Stud bred three-year-old winning a good race at Fairview on Friday. Another ridden by Nirvasn Nastili, Jewel Cat unleashed a fine turn of foot which saw him storm home to land Friday’s Racehorse Owners Association Pinnacle Stakes (1000m) by a convincing three-parts of a length.

Trained by Kelly Mitchley, the gelding was making it back to back wins, with Jewel Cat having won his previous start over 1200m. Jewel Cat is owned by Messrs S S Govender, M A Govender & T Govender and Mrs Sarosha Govender.

South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire of 2018-2019, Captain Of All is set to be represented by his Listed Hollywoodbets Super League Devon Air Stakes winning daughter WHISTLE THE TUNE in Saturday’s G2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper.

The champion sprinter has seven lots on offer at this week’s KZN Yearling Sale including a colt (Lot 98) bred on similar lines to G1 winners AL NITAK (Al Mufti) and THE SHEIK (Al Mufti), and a half-brother (Lot 111) to Listed World Sports Betting The Scarlet Lady winner CELTIC BEAUTY (Vercingetorix).