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Another Captain’s Innings

Three Cape Fillies Guineas winners for Klawervlei star

When Missisippi Burning scored by three lengths to win Saturday’s Gr1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas, she became the 98th individual stakes winner sired by the late, multiple champion sire and Cape Guineas winner, Captain Al.

The latter has now been responsible for three individual Cape Fillies Guineas winners, with Missisippi Burning joining her paternal half-sisters Captain’s Lover (2007) and Snowdance (2017).

Captain Al’s daughter Missisippi Burning (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The former Klawervlei sire has also fared well in the male equivalent, with sons, William Longsword and Tap O’ Noth, winning the Gr1 Cape Guineas in 2016 and 2017. Captain Al went close to enjoying a feature race double on Saturday with his high-class son, One World, running another good race when second in the Gr2 World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes.

His other Guineas winners include Fiorella (Daisy Fillies Guineas), One World (Winter Guineas), and Secret Captain (Daisy Guineas).

Captain Al, whose champion sire, Al Mufti, is broodmare sire of Saturday’s beaten Fillies Guineas favourite, Kelpie (Dynasty), has an excellent record as a sire of high-class fillies, and Missisippi Burning is his 11th daughter to win a Gr1 race. His other Gr1 winning daughters are Carry On Alice, Cloth Of Cloud, Emerald Cove, Snowdance, Captain’s Lover, Captain’s Gal, All Is Secret, The Secret Is Out, Celtic Sea, Miss Florida and Pine Princess.

Family Fun

A half-brother to a Cape Fillies Guineas winner in the shape of Shadow Dancing (Fort Wood), Captain Al has left behind at least one Gr1 winner in each of his 12 crops to race. His most prolific crop thus far, in terms of Gr1 winners produced, was foaled in 2013 and included the following Gr1 winners: Always In Charge (Gold Medallion), Cloth Of Cloud (SA Nursery), Sergeant Hardy (Cape Flying Championship), The Secret Is Out (Allan Robertson Fillies Championship) and William Longsword (Cape Guineas).

Captain Al

Captain Al (Al Mufti – Off To War)

In terms of individual black type winners, Captain Al’s best crop was foaled in 2012, with this group numbering 13 individual black type winners. The bay, twice Champion Sire in South Africa and eight times Leading South African Sire of 2yo’s, is responsible for 180 black type horses in total. It is surely only a matter of time before Captain Al is represented by his 100th black type winner. His ongoing success has resulted in a flurry of locally bred stallions retiring to stud.

Captain Of All

Captain Of All

His champion sprinter son Captain Of All has made a fine start with his first crop, now three, headed by recent Gr2 TAB/Betting World Dingaans winner, Shango, and two other stakes winners.

Another son, William Longsword, is set to have his first yearlings sell in 2020, and, having been well supported at stud thus far, he looks poised to be another success in the Captain Al story.

The last four winners of the Cape Fillies Guineas were by South African bred stallions, with Dynasty’s daughters, Front And Centre and Just Sensual, winning the Cape classic in 2018 and 2016 respectively. Another locally bred sire, Jet Master, is responsible for Cape Fillies Guineas winners In The Fast Lane and Ebony Flyer.

With a large number of high-class stakes winning daughters, and some very well bred daughters at that, it also appears likely that Captain Al will build steadily on his already notable success as a broodmare sire.

Al Mufti

Al Mufti

Captain Al’s own sire, Al Mufti (Roberto), also came up with a Cape Fillies Guineas winner, with the Al Mufti sired champion Arabian Lass, triumphing in the 1996 race. The Roberto male line has enjoyed significant success in the Fillies Guineas with Roberto’s son Red Ransom siring the 2012 winner, Rumya, and another Al Mufti son, Victory Moon, siring 2011 Cape Fillies Guineas winner, Princess Victoria.

Historic Links

Missisippi Burning’s links to past Cape Fillies Guineas winners don’t end with Captain Al, however. Her stakes placed dam, Spitfire Lady, is a daughter of multiple champion sire, Hussonet, broodmare sire of champion, and 2014 Cape Fillies Guineas winner, Majmu (Redoute’s Choice), while the 2019 Cape Fillies Guineas winner’s granddam, Australian Gr3 winner, Galroof, was sired by Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes hero, Maroof (Danzig), the sire of former back-to-back Cape Fillies Guineas winners, Toccata (1999) and Hoeberg (2000).

Her links with stellar SA gallopers don’t end with her maternal grandsire and Maroof, with Spitfire Lady’s fourth dam, Pavella, (Palestine) is also granddam of former South African champion sprinter, En Avant (Sallust) and third dam of another local sprint champion in the form of Taban (Home Guard).

Red Rum

The 2019 Cape Fillies Guineas winner hails from the same female line responsible for runners as diverse as 1000 Guineas winner, Hatoof, (Irish River) and three time Grand National winner, Red Rum (Quorum).

As a point of interest, Captain Al has been responsible for just two runners out of Maroof mares, with this mating having produced Missisippi Burning and the useful Frusk – a dual winner in South Africa, who ran third in the Gr3 Winter Derby.

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13 comments on “Another Captain’s Innings


    WTF, it’s Tuesday morning and where are the declarations for the Richelieu Guineas on Saturday

    William The Fudge

    1. Editor says:

      11h00 today, William


    Mr.Editor, which organization’s brainwave idea is that now ?

    1. Editor says:

      Anybody’s guess , William
      Its a Gr1 race – good to have an antepost market and some hype
      Difficult to see what races could have further influenced decisions to run or not, this past weekend


    Ooh, so is it somebody in the Sporting Post who’s asleep ?

    Where do you, as the Editor, normally get the declarations from ?

    1. Editor says:

      No, William its just a unusually late declaration date as programmed by NRB for a Gr1 race – 4 days in advance – ie today

      Race-7 (Turf) R1 000 000 1600m 16:30 Ref-259
      1st R625000, 2nd R200000, 3rd R100000, 4th R50000, 5th R25000
      CAPE GUINEAS (Grade 1)
      For 3 year-old horses (1st Leg SA Triple Crown)

      No Apprentice Allowance
      1 5 African Warrior 60 115 A K de Melo Dean Kannemeyer
      2 4 Eden Roc 60 114 T A G Lerena Sean Tarry
      3 13 Putontheredlight 60 110 A G Behr Sean Tarry
      4 12 King Of Gems 60 109 A A Domeyer Brett Crawford
      5 14 Silver Operator 60 109 A A Marcus Vaughan Marshall
      6 2 Captain Tatters 60 108 A R Khathi Justin Snaith
      7 10 Sachdev 60 108 A R Fourie Justin Snaith
      8 7 Viva Rio 60 108 A M Winnaar Glen Kotzen
      9 1 Macthief 60 106 A P Strydom Brett Crawford
      10 6 Pure State 60 106 A C Zackey Sean Tarry
      11 9 Viking Moon 60 105 A A Andrews Jurgen van Heerden
      12 3 Rock The Globe 60 104 T A S Veale Sean Tarry
      13 17 Cane Lime ‘n Soda 60 102 A M Byleveld Vaughan Marshall
      14 15 Snow Report 60 102 A G Cheyne Candice Bass-Robinson
      15 11 Kilindini 60 99 A C Orffer Brett Crawford
      16 8 Wild Coast 60 96 A B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
      17 18 Super Silvano 60 93 A Reserve 1 Brett Crawford
      18 16 Count Jack 60 90 A Reserve 2 Brett Crawford
      Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
      (2,3,10,12) (4,9,15,17,18) (5,13) (6,7,16)

  4. Rian says:

    In the early days we had our fancy for the Guineas weeks in advance and we were watching those that needed to qualify very closely
    Geez those were good days win or lose…..


    Oh goodness, yet another organization/administering body.

    I was concerned that somebody at the Sporting Post has a drinking problem.

    I suppose it’s the season to be jolly….

    So many organizations with such a lot to drink.

  6. Jay August says:

    I presume you don’t use http://www.gallop.co.za William, because you could have followed the noms and decs in real-time brought to you by the festive NRB.


    Thank You, I will do so from now onwards

  8. Michael Jacobs says:

    What is the qualifying criteria for the Guineas, or can any 3yr old handicapper enter these days? In the days of proper racing (ie. Pre- merit rating handicapping) a horse had to win 2 or 3 races before they could qualify. Now with the mickey mouse handicap racing, I suppose it’s all about the merit rating of the horse!

  9. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Pure state would not have got a run, had it not been for his win in the RTR race. The conditions have been out for 3 months – never changed.

    Perhaps if the scrapped this sodden minimum wage crap they will get noms done earlier!

  10. Jay August says:

    MJ, for a seasoned punter and all round expert on racing, past and present, I am surprised you don’t know what the conditions are!


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