Captain Shows The Way

Two For The Captain. Wheredowego (Gerrit Schlechter) charges ahead to beat Pure Power

Three For The Captain. Wheredowego (Gerrit Schlechter) charges ahead to beat Pure Power

Wheredowego’s smooth win in Saturday’s R150 000 Gr3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery completed a bumper feature double for Klawervlei Stud based stallions. There were three daughters of the ever reliable Captain Al in this race, and they landed up filling the top three places.

A half hour after Klawervlei Stud first season stallion Jay Peg had registered his second stakes winner in the colts nursery, Captain Al chalked up something fast approaching his number 40.

It is not exactly comparing apples with apples as Captain Al has been at stud for over a decade now, and he understandably stands for something in the region of four times Jay Peg’s service fee.

But the Klawervlei bosses would have been sipping the champagne on a future that looks very bright, with some serious depth in our stallion ranks.

A field of seven went to post for this event and Paddy Kruyer’s Catchphrase led early from Kitti Cat and Smiling Mistress.

At the halfway marker Alascan Maiden moved up dangerously as Schlechter bided his time on Wheredowego a few lengths off.

At the 300m marker Aldo Domeyer set Pure Power alight and she moved ahead.

But in a matter of strides, Wheredowego swept past the pack down the outside under a typical Gerrit Schlechter driving ride to win at 7 to 1 by 0,75 lengths in a time of 73,10 secs.

Pure Power maintained her consistent formline  to run a good second, after looking very dangerous late in the race.

The fancied Alascan Maiden could find no finishing kick and finished a further 0,75 lengths back in third. A Captain Al trifecta!

The balance were well beaten.

Vaughan Marshall trained the winner for Mr Alec and the Honourable Mrs Gillian Foster.

Bred by Moutonshoek, Wheredowego is a daughter of Captain Al out of the once winning Fort Wood mare, Pin Number.

Wheredowego cost R150 000 on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1.

She has won 2 of 3 races for R130 000 in stakes.

Well done Al!

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