That Captain Al’s imposing son One World has won seven of his eight starts with front-running tactics, four of them fought with an unusual tenacity in close finishes, shows the hallmarks of a truly top horse.
Frankel colt General Franco, the highest priced yearling at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, looks set for a top career.
Trainer Vaughan Marshall has delivered three successive champions by Captain Al in the last three years and a fourth looks well on its way this year!
Jockey Anton Marcus rode his customary well-timed finish on Hugo Hattingh’s filly Temple Grafin (7-1) to win Sunday’s the Grade 3 Umzimkhulu Stakes over 1400m from the favourite Santa Clara (33-10). Another fancied runner Silvano’s Pride finished third.
Divine Odyssey, getting better as he matures
Dark Moon Rising, a R70,000 buy from the 2015 CTS March Sale, will be aimed at the R4-million Champions Challenge over 2000m at Turffontein on 4 May. This follows his game win in the Listed Kings Cup over 1600m at Greyville on Sunday under Keagan De Melo.