Marshall looks to have another star by Captain Al

Marshall looks to have another star by Captain Al

April 15, 2019 / 2 months ago

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Captain Of Stealth (MJ Byleveld), streaked clear to win. (Wayne Marks)

Trainer Vaughan Marshall has delivered three successive champions by Captain Al in the last three years and a fourth looks well on its way this year!

The feats of Guineas winners William Longsword (2016) add Tap O’Noth (2017), and CTS mile winner One World (2018) are fresh in the memory, and Captain Of Stealth signalled that he is the next in line with a six-length victory in a Juvenile Plate over 1400m at Durbanville on Saturday.

He will be aimed next at the Langerman, a 1500m race Marshall has made his own the last twice with wins by Tap O’Noth and One World.

Captain Of Stealth was quoted at 1-3 and, like on his debut run, was never headed. He sped into the lead from the off, quickened with 400m to go and, in the words of jockey MJ Byleveld, “put them to bed quickly”!

“He was giving weight to two of the others and you are always seeing horses getting beaten when they do this,” Byleveld said, explaining why he kept looking round. “I know it’s early days yet but I think this horse is special. He is very good and his big asset is his speed.”

Marshall commented: “You are always a bit worried that the first run might have been a fluke but his work at home has been phenomenal and this is what I expected. He is very good. We will see how he comes out of this but the Langerman is at the end of June and we will see how we go.”

Captain Of Stealth was a R500,000 purchase for Pat Freestone and John Habib at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale of 2018.  “We are thrilled that the Captain came back and won so easily again,” said Freestone. “We have a lot to look forward to and we are very excited.”

Marshall added: “Pat and John deserve a good horse. Now we’ll carry on and hold thumbs.”