Al Mufti’s Lasting Legacy

Former champion South African sire

Former champion South African sire Al Mufti made his presence felt at Hollywoodbets Greyville last Saturday.

The son of Roberto is broodmare sire of Tabgold Gr3 Derby winner Future Pearl (Futura) and Al Mufti also ranks as the broodmare sire of Get Impressed (Vercingetorix), who downed multiple Gr1 winner Double Superlative (Twice Over) to win the Pinnacle Stakes.

Al Mufti by Roberto ex Lassie Dear

Al Mufti by Roberto ex Lassie Dear (Pic – Supplied)

Future Pearl, Equus Champion Stayer of 2022-2023 and a likely Gr1 Hollywoodbets Durban July contender, is out of the Al Mufti sired Gr1 Woolavington 2200 runner up Arabian Pearl, also granddam of Listed Jacaranda Handicap winner Bureau Des Legende (Legislate) and Listed TAB Spook Express Stakes winner Explosive Bond (Fire Away).

Arabian Pearl is not the only Al Mufti mare to make her presence felt this season with the late sire’s daughter Forest Fairy granddam of this season’s Listed Ibhayi Stakes/Listed East Cape Guineas winner Fairy Knight (Global View) and Al Mufti’s Eastern Heritage granddam of Gr3 Variety Club Mile winner and Gr1 World Sports Betting Cape Town Met runner up Rascallion (Vercingetorix).

Al Mufti is also broodmare sire of champion Jay Peg (Camden Park) – himself broodmare sire of this season’s Listed Stormsvlei Stakes winner and Gr1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas runner up Red Palace (Potala Palace).

The blue blooded Arabian Pearl, who hails from the same female line as Al Mufti’s Gr1 Cape Guineas winning grandson William Longsword, is a full-sister to one of Al Mufti’s best sons Victory Moon.

The latter, Champion 3YO Miler in UAE in 2003 , sired dual Equus Champion Princess Victoria and Gr1 Golden Horseshoe winner War Horse, and also ranks as the broodmare sire of 2022 Gr1 TAB The Premier’s Champions Challenge winner Astrix.

Astrix is a three-parts brother to Saturday’s winner Get Impressed, with both horses sired by Vercingetorix and both runners out of granddaughter of former Broodmare Of The Year, Off To War.

Another son of Al Mufti, The Sheik, is broodmare sire of recent Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship winner Quid Pro Quo (Lance).

Al Mufti, however, will probably be best remembered as the sire of outstanding stallion Captain Al. Sire of more than 100 stakes winners, Captain Al has left behind a remarkable legacy as a sire, sire of sires and broodmare sire.

Captain Al is, like Al Mufti, a top-class broodmare sire, and is not only South Africa’s Leading Sire of Broodmares in 2022-2023 but also heads that premiership for 2023-2024.

At the time of writing, Captain Al daughters had produced 11 black type winners of 15 stakes races in South Africa this season, with their offspring having already earned more than R23.1 million in 2023-2024.

Among the top performers out of Captain Al mares this season are the Gr1 winners Princess Calla (City Of Cape Town Majorca Stakes), Proceed (Gold Medallion) and Snow Pilot (Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas) as well as champion Sandringham Summit.

Captain Al is also having a good year as a sire of sires, with his Met winning son One World currently  South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire and Leading Sire of 2YOs for the current season.

Another son William Longsword is the sire of this season’s Gr1 World Pool Moment Cape Flying Championship winner Dyce, with yet another son of Captain Al, former champion sprinter Captain Of All, sire of recent Listed Hollywoodbets Super League Devon Air Stakes winner Whistle The Tune.

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