WILLIAM Longsword, the winner of Saturday’s $500,000 CTS Mile on Sun Met Day and the Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas last December, is still in his stable at Vaughan Marshall’s yard. Decisions about his future will be made and announced within the next 10 days.
William Longsword is being regarded as a future pretender at stud to the throne of his sire Captain Al, and the plan has long been to retire him to Klawervlei during his three-year-old career.
Derek Brugman, Racing Manager for William Longsword’s owners Mayfair Speculators, said on Thursday: “We haven’t actually got around a table yet to finalise matters, that is something that will happen soon.
“We need to put our heads together and decide whether we will keep William Longsword in training, perhaps for a race during the KZN Champions Season like the Gr1 Gold Circle Rising Sun orperhaps even the Durban July.
“Anton Marcus believes William will see out 2000m and the July is an easy 2200m. We also need to consider next year’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate as a good racing option for him. But chances are, probably 90%, that the colt will go to stud after our discussions. We will then decide whether to keep him for Klawervlei in full or syndicate him with partners,” Brugman concluded.