Twice Champion Sire in South Africa. Eight times Leading Sire of 2YO’s in South Africa. The first South African based stallion to sire 100 stakes winners.
The late Captain Al accomplished plenty during his time at stud, but this past weekend the former Cape Guineas winner achieved yet another notable feat.
Sunday’s racemeeting at Hollywoodbets Greyville has ensured that Captain Al will be crowned the Leading Broodmare Sire in South Africa for the 2022-2023 racing season.
The champion son of Al Mufti ends the season with his broodmare daughters having produced more than 100 winners in the season.
Standout performer representing Captain Al as a broodmare sire in 2022-2023 was outstanding racemare Princess Calla.
Out of Captain Al’s Gr2 Sceptre Stakes winning daughter Princess Royal, Princess Calla claimed the fourth Gr1 win of her career when she won Sunday’s Gr1 The HKJC Champions Cup at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
A daughter of Flower Alley, Princess Calla was winning her third Gr1 race in a row, with the mare having captured the Gr1 South African Fillies Sprint and Gr1 Ridgemont Garden Province Stakes at her two previous starts.
Captain Al, whose daughters produced 11 black type winners in the 2022-2023 South African season, also ranks as broodmare sire of Sunday’s Gr1 World Pool Moment Of The Day Champion Stakes winner Sandringham Summit (Gimmethegreenlight).
Sandringham Summit is not the only son of Gimmethegreenlight out of a Captain Al mare to have won the race, with the similarily bred Gunner having prevailed in the 2016 race.
The latter, who had won the Gr2 Durban Golden Horseshoe last time out, is out of one of the very best broodmare daughters of Captain Al in the form of Gr2 Fillies Championship winner Townsend.
A half-sister to Gr1 Champions Challenge winner Regal Ransom (Caesour), Townsend also ranks as the dam of Gr1 Gold Medallion winner, and Clifton Stud’s new stallion, Eden Roc (Var).
Other notable performers representing Captain Al (whose sire Al Mufti is damsire of Sunday’s Gr3 World Pool Gold Cup winner Future Pearl) as a broodmare sire in 2022-2023 include Gr1 WSB Cape Town Met runner up Kommetdieding (Elusive Fort), Gr2 New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers hero Salvator Mundi (Legislate), multiple stakes winner Luna Halo (Fire Away), and Gr3 Lebelo Sprint winner Taikonaut (Twice Over).
Captain Al is also broodmare sire of Gr1 Thekwini Stakes/Gr1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes winner Same Jurisdiction (Mambo In Seattle).
The latter, who is out of the Captain Al mare Diana De Carlo, recently made waves in Britain when her three-year-old daughter Grand Providence (Nathaniel) made it back to backs when scoring at Doncaster.
Same Jurisdiction is also dam of promising two-year-old Clifton Bay (Teofilo), who made an impressive winning debut at Newbury recently.