The late, great champion stallion Captain Al, eight times champion sire of two-year-olds, has nine lots on offer at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Sadly, 2019 will be the last year in which buyers will be able to invest in the progeny of Captain Al, who sired his 92nd individual stakes winner when All At Once won the Listed Swallow Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday and is still in the Top 30 on the TRC World Sire Rankings.
John Koster of Klawervlei Stud, who stood Captain Al, commented: “There were only 26 Captain Al foals born last year. We have four going to CTS, they are getting really rare and now, having revealed himself as a potential champion broodmare sire, his fillies are especially valuable.”
Klawervlei’s first Captain Al is Lot 37, an unnamed filly born from the mare Della Scala, by Galileo. She’s a full-sister to former top-priced yearling and 2017 Summer Cup contender Like A Panther and Koster said: “She’s from a top family, a beautiful filly.”
Lot 43 is an unnamed colt from the mare Ebaraya, by Sadler’s Wells, who comes from the European ‘E’ family and has a long and impressive black-type pedigree.
The buyers of Lot 129 will not only have fun naming her, but will keenly await her racetrack career. She’s a full-sister to stallion William Longsword, from Pagan Princess (Al Mufti) and Koster said: “She’s a bigger foal and I think she will come a bit earlier.”
Lot 160 completes Klawervlei’s Captain Al quartet. Also unnamed, she’s from the wonderful mare Secret Of Victoria, a prolific producer of top runners including her full-sisters The Secret Is Out and All Is Secret, with the likes of Snowdance, Bela Bela and Rabiya also in the family via second dam, Mystic Spring. “This is a great family and Captain Al and Secret Of Victoria were made for each other,” said Koster.
Ridgemont Highlands have named their Captain Al offering ‘Chestnut Bay’ (Lot 49), a colt sired from the mare Exotic, by Galileo, and only her second foal. She hails from a stakes-winning European family.
Lot 117 is End Of Rock, presented by Nadeson Park. She is the third foal of the Irish-bred Miss Rocky, by Fastnet Rock and comes from a stoute female line her third dam Spirit Of Eagles having produced champion sire Silvano. “She’s well grown and forward, a typical Captain Al,” said Charl van der Westhuizen, stud manager.
Another filly from a fantastic family is Lot 139 Perfect Princess, bred from Platinum Princess (by Rakeen), the dam of top racers Princess Victoria and Princess Royal (full-sister). She was raised at Maine Chance, whose stud manager Tim Bootsma said: “She’s a good-boned, strong filly with substance, a typical Captain Al.”
Normandy Stud’s Lot 147 is an unnamed daughter of Captain Al and Quetta, who is a half-sister to Bravura and Epic Poetry, from one of Normandy’s best families which goes back to Winter Solstice and Depardieu.
“She’s a lovely athletic filly and she got a top score from the inspectors. John Kramer, for one, really liked her. She’s lovely, of high quality,” said Normandy’s Oscar Foulkes.
David Hepburn Brown of Hemel N Aarde Stud said of Lot 199, an unnamed filly from Thekkady, by National Emblem: “She’s strong and racy, a quality Captain Al.”