Smart two year old winner for William Longsword

Smart two year old winner for William Longsword

Klawervlei Stud’s homebred G1 Cape Guineas winner WILLIAM LONGSWORD has some very smart looking two-year-olds this season and the son of Captain Al came up with yet another good looking two-year-old winner at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Tuesday.

His son BILLY COOL caught the eye when storming home from off the pace to get up and win the Cape Racing Sales Maiden Juvenile Plate (1000m) in smart fashion. Bought with a strong run by Grant Van Niekerk, the gelded two-year-old hit the front full of run and stayed on to win by two lengths.

Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Billy Cool was making his third start on Tuesday, with the juvenile having finished third on his previous start.

Described by his trainer Ricky Maingard as a “good horse and a very good looking horse” in the post-race interview, Billy Cool races for the Wolf Power Syndicate.

He joins the likes of COMMANDING, GOLDEN CHANDELIER and MISS SCALETTA as two-year-old winners for his sire in 2023-2024.

William Longsword also hails from a remarkable female line and his family got yet another boost when champion FUTURE PEARL (whose third dam WILD HYACINTH also ranks as William Longsword’s third dam) won the recent G3 Tabgold Derby.

Last season’s Equus Champion Stayer, Future Pearl is likely to run next in the G1 Hollywoodbets Durban July.

William Longsword is enjoying a wonderful season in 2023-2024, with his flagbearers this season headed by G1 World Pool Cape Flying Championship winner DYCE, G3 Betway Lebelo Sprint hero RULERSHIP and Listed Secretariat Stakes victor SABRE STRIKE.


Tuesday Double for Captain of All

Tuesday Double for Captain of All

Klawervlei Stud’s inform stallion CAPTAIN OF ALL (Captain Al) continued his good run when supplying a pair of winners at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Tuesday.
Both his Tuesday winners are trained by Greg Ennion, who had a treble on the card.
Captain Of All filly ROCKING PEONIE got off the mark when she powered home to win Tuesday’s #destinationcaperacing Open Maiden (F&M) (1400m) in taking style.
Under Corne Orffer, the Nadeson Park Stud bred three-year-old stormed home down the outside of the track to win going away by two and three quarter lengths.
Owned by the Genuine Ennion Syndicate, Rocking Peonie has benefitted from the fitting of blinkers and hopefully she can build on this win.
Captain Of All struck again when his lightly raced son MAJOR APOLLO won the tenth and final race at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Tuesday.
Under Corne Orffer, Major Apollo was always up with the pace in the Hollywoodbets Bright Future Cape C Stakes (1000m), and with 100m left to go, kept going to win convincingly by a length and a quarter.
Bred, like Captain Of All, by Riverton Stud, Major Apollo was building on a runner up finish last time out.
The three-year-old races for Martin Wickens, Steve Preston, Greg Ennion, Giselle Burg & Greenacres Trust.
His sire Captain Of All has a good run of late with his son MEU CAPITANO winning the recent Winter Sprint and his two-year-old daughter WHISTLE THE TUNE victorious in the Listed Hollywoodbets Super League Devon Air Stakes.
The former Equus Champion has seven lots on offer at the KZN Yearling Sale.

Tuesday Double for Captain of All

Captain Of All filly lands Devon Air Stakes

Klawervlei Stud’s multiple G1 winning stallion CAPTAIN OF ALL (Captain Al) has been in great form of late and the champion son of Captain Al was at it again on Saturday when his daughter WHISTLE THE TUNE won the Listed Hollywoodbets Super League Devon Air Stakes (1400m) at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
Trained by Glen Kotzen, Whistle The Tune was given a fine ride by Richard Fourie to land Saturday’s R200 000 contest.

The two-year-old, who races for Sandy and Eugene Arundel, stormed home down the inside of the track, and hit the front with 200m left to run.
Fourie kept the Oldlands Stud bred Whistle The Tune going and the pair stayed on to win by nearly three-parts of a length.

She is the second daughter of Captain Of All to win the Listed Devon Air Stakes, with the sire’s WHAT YOU ARE victorious in the 2019 race.

Champion Sprinter Captain Of All also enjoyed success at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth recently when his progressive son MEU CAPITANO won the Winter Sprint in smart fashion.

South Africa’s Champion Sprinter of 2014-2015, Captain Of All has seven lots on offer at the 2024 KZN Yearling Sale.

Three winners from last three meetings for William Longsword

Three winners from last three meetings for William Longsword

Klawervlei Stud’s homebred G1 Cape Guineas winner WILLIAM LONGSWORD (Captain Al) has had a great season thus far, and his good season has continued this week.

William Longsword has had a winner at each of the three last racemeetings, with his son COMMANDING providing jockey Richard Fourie with his 300th win of the 2023-2024 season at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday. Promising two-year-old Commanding, who had contested the R1 000 000 G3 City Of Cape Town Cape Of Good Hope Nursery last time out, got off the mark in fine style on Sunday.

The Glen Kotzen trained colt romped home to break his maiden decisively by three lengths, as he put daylight between himself and his rivals. Bred by Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd, Commanding races for Messrs R P Macnab, S H G Pretorius, A Robertson, L Robertson & J M Singh.

His sire William Longsword struck again at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Tuesday when his daughter DOUBLE DREAM won at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth.  The mare, trained like both William Longsword and Captain Al by Vaughan Marshall, stormed home from off the pace and got up to land the Perfectly Placed Class 5 (F&M) (1200m). Bred by Klawervlei Stud, the Vaughan Marshall owned Double Dream was winning for a third time when victorious on Tuesday.

William Longsword’s winning streak continued at Hollywoodbets Greyville the following day when his son IMAGINABLE won the seventh race on the card. The four-year-old, one of five winners on the card for his trainer Alyson Wright, hit the front 150m from home and stayed on gamely to win by just under half a length. Bred by Varsfontein Stud, Imaginable was one of three winners for his owner Rikesh Sewgoolam at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday.

Not only has William Longsword been enjoying a great season, so too has his family. William Longsword’s G1 South African Fillies Sprint winning half-sister REAL PRINCESS (Trippi) is the dam of the hugely exciting filly GIMME’S COUNTESS (Gimmethegreenlight), who recently  romped home to a more than four length win on debut. A full-sister to dual G1 winner GIMME A PRINCE, Gimme’s Countess has been entered in the G1 Allan Robertson Championship.

The sire of this season’s star sprinters DYCE and RULERSHIP, as well as high-class three-year-olds WILLIAM IRON ARM (a runner in Saturday’s G1 Daily News 2000) and SABRE STRIKE, William Longsword has five lots on offer at the upcoming Cape Racing Winter Yearling Sale, and a single lot on offer at the 2024 KZN Yearling Sale.


Three winners from last three meetings for William Longsword

William Longswords son lands Secretariat Stakes

Klawervlei Stud’s G1 Cape Guineas winning sire WILLIAM LONGSWORD had a great day at Turffontein on Sunday, with his progeny winning two races and son SABRE STRIKE landing Sunday’s Listed Secretariat Stakes over 1450 metres.

The highly promising Sabre Strike made it two wins from just three starts when he won Sunday’s Listed contest, the first leg of the inaugral Highveld Winter Series.

Trained, like his top-class paternal half-brother Dyce by Lucky Houdalakis, Sabre Strike hit the front 200m from home and kept finding, under Raymond Danielson, to win by just over half a length. The classy Sabre Strike was bred by his owner Peter van Schoor.

William Longsword is also the sire of classy three-year-old filly JUST BE LEKKER, who showed her class when victorious in Sunday’s eighth race. With 150m to go, the S’Manga Khumalo ridden Just Be Lekker powered into the lead and went on to score by more than two lengths.

Trained by Candice Dawson, the Ralphs Syndicate bred Just Be Lekker did well to overcome a poor draw and she won’t stop here.

Owned by Ralphs Racing, Just Be Lekker had shown smart form earlier when runner up in the Cape Racing Sales The Ready To Run Stakes and was not beaten far in the R7 500 000 Cape Racing Gold Rush. The classy daughter of William Longsword has now earned well over R860 000 in stakes.

One of legendary sire Captain Al’s best sons, William Longsword is having a wonderful season in 2023-2024 with his flagbearers also including G1 World Pool Cape Flying Championship winner DYCE and G3 Betway Lebelo Sprint hero RULERSHIP.

The half-brother to G1 winner REAL PRINCESS (Trippi) has five lots on offer at the upcoming Cape Racing Winter Yearling Sale.

Weekend four timer for Twice Over

Weekend four timer for Twice Over

Klawervlei Stud’s four time G1 winning sire TWICE OVER (Observatory) had a fine run over the weekend with the champion supplying four winners.

Twice Over is also the sire of BALLROOM BLISS, who ran third in Saturday’s Listed KRA East Coast Cup. Twice Over’s winning streak this weekend commenced at Fairview on Friday when his sons SWISS WALT and PAINITE won the first and eighth races respectively.

Third and second in his two starts prior to Friday, the Zietsman Oosthuizen trained Swiss Waltz got off the mark when he won Friday’s Welcome To Nelson Mandela Bay Work Riders Maiden Plate (1000m) by three lengths. Bred by Mayesh Chetty, Swiss Waltz races for Messrs P J van Staden & G J Geyer.

His sire’s second success on Friday came when gelded four-year-old Painite captured the Racing240 For Racing. For You MR 90 Handicap over 2000m. The Sharon Kotzen trained Painite has now won or been placed in each of his last five starts. Bred by Stefan Mynhardt, Painite races for Faan Mynhardt.

Twice Over also had a double at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday where his sons TAMBOURINE MAN and OLIVER won races one and nine respectively. Both Tambourine Man and Oliver are trained by Adam Marcus and both horses were bred by Klawervlei Stud.

The consistent Tambourine Man got off the mark when he ran out a clear cut, one and a quarter length winner of Saturday’s Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Welcomes You Open Maiden Plate.

Ridden to victory by Gareth Wright, the gelding, who is from the same family as Twice Over himself, races for Messrs Gujadhur, Adam Marcus and Wendy Probert.

His paternal half-brother OLIVER followed up three consecutive runner up finishers when he won Saturday’s #destinationcaperacing Class 4 (1200m) in fine style. Under Aldo Domeyer, the four-year-old hit the front 200m from home and stormed home to win convincingly by two and a half lengths. Owned by Bernard Kantor, Oliver was described by his trainer as a horse with lots of ability.

A proven sire of top-class performers, Twice Over’s best offspring include dual G1 Vodacom Durban July winner DO IT AGAIN, the latter’s dual G1 winning three-parts brother SEE IT AGAIN and 2024 G1 World Sports Betting Cape Town Met winner DOUBLE SUPERLATIVE.

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

Twice Over also hails from an excellent female line. Not only is Twice Over’s close relative TIME TEST (Dubawi) sire of recent G3 Gordon Richards Stakes winner OKEECHOBEE, but another close relative of Twice Over, TIME LOCK (Frankel) finished a close up second in the G2 William Hill Jockey Club Stakes and holds an entry in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes.