Cap­tain Al’s prog­eny keep shin­ing

Business Day - - SPORTS DAY - David Mol­lett Rac­ing Writer

Though he died in July 2017, Cap­tain Al still in­flu­ences SA rac­ing, with his prog­eny’s ex­ploits keep­ing the for­mer cham­pion in the lime­light.

At the end of the first five months of the new sea­son, Cap­tain Al was the lead­ing sire by stakes with his off­spring earn­ing R6.28m. His clos­est pur­suer is Sil­vano with R6m.

One of Cap­tain Al’s daugh­ters, All At Once, has a good chance of notch­ing the third win of her ca­reer when she con­tests the R150,000 Swal­low Stakes at Turf­fontein on Satur­day.

All At Once was bought for R80,000 as a year­ling from Vars­fontein Stud and the three­year-old is look­ing a bar­gain at that price.

There is lit­tle to choose be­tween All At Once and her re­cent con­queror, Mighty High. They met over Satur­day’s course and dis­tance in De­cem­ber when Jo­han Janse van Vu­uren’s filly came out on top by three-quar­ters of a length.

Gavin Ler­ena, who has won on Mighty High, is back in the sad­dle but Craig Zackey will be out to pre­vent Mighty High post­ing a fourth win.

Sean Tarry sad­dles three run­ners in Satur­day’s race and the book­ing of Lyle He­wit­son for Three Stars sug­gests the Sev­enth Rock filly is the stable elect. The filly has won two of her five starts.

Three Stars’s stable­mate Vida Es Bella could take a hand in the fin­ish as there was lots to like about her re­cent maiden win.

Dhabyaan makes plenty of ap­peal in the sixth race. Dhabyaan should start at at­trac­tive odds as he is op­posed by some use­ful sorts, in­clud­ing D’Ar­rivee, Nor­land, Life Is Good and King’s Archer.

Candice Daw­son will be ex­pect­ing a big ef­fort from D’Ar­rivee, who has run well in each of his five starts this term.

Chris Eras­mus will fancy the chances of his four-year-old Nor­land turn­ing the ta­bles on Dhabyaan on 1.5kg bet­ter terms, but the De Kock in­mate should be cherry-ripe in his third start.

The first race on the Turf­fontein card sees some choicely bred ju­ve­niles face the starter, in­clud­ing Masaaqaat, a daugh­ter of Snitzel, who cost R9.9m as a year­ling.

Two other in­ter­est­ing first­timers are Tarry’s filly Ca­vi­var, a daugh­ter of Var out of the eight­time win­ner Con­trol Freak, and Cap­tain Of Colour, a daugh­ter of Cap­tain Al. Add in To­bie Spies’s new­comer Waimea and there is all the in­gre­di­ents for a fas­ci­nat­ing race.

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