Cape Guineas Winner Off The Mark
Klawervlei Stud’s well performed, first-season sire William Longsword has made a promising start to his stud career and he came up with his first winner when his son Safe Return romped home to a brilliant win at Kenilworth on Wednesday.
Trained, like both William Longsword and the latter’s own sire Captain Al, by Vaughan Marshall, the Klawervlei Stud bred two-year-old had finished second on debut, and he duly went one better on Wednesday with a scintillating performance.
SAFE RETURN bolted up race 2 #Kenilworth
Owners – D G Abery, J J Habib & R M Sewgoolam, Ralphs Racing (Pty) Ltd & Westward Bloodstock Ltd
Breeder – Klawervlei Stud
Trainer – Vaughan Marshall @vhmracing
Rider – Anton Marcus
Breeding – William Longsword x Splashdown pic.twitter.com/JjvwmmCPxL
— Racing Guru (@RacingGuru) February 17, 2021
Under Anton Marcus, Safe Return flew out of the starting stalls and from there was never headed. Marcus had time to look over his shoulder, as Safe Return went on to record a four and a quarter length win in the Please Stay Safe And Wear A Mask Maiden Juvenile Plate (1000m).
Nominated for the G3 Cape Nursery at the end of the month, Safe Return, who has a brother on sale at this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, looks a really exciting prospect for his well-bred young sire.
A R300 000 buy from the 2020 Premier Sale, Safe Return is out of the Judpot mare Splashdown-a winning half-sister to G2 Post Merchants winner Splash Gold.
One of more than 100 stakes winners sired by deceased champion sire Captain Al, William Longsword (above) won six of just eight starts, with his wins including a score in the 2016 G1 Cape Guineas and the 2017 The CTS Mile.
Out of the Fort Wood mare Pagan Princess, and a half-brother to two black type winners including G1 South African Fillies Sprint winner Real Princess, William Longsword is well represented on both the Cape Yearling Sale and Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
The strapping bay has nine lots on this month’s Cape Yearling Sale, and a further 23 yearlings on offer at March’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale (below).
Image: Chase Liebenberg Designs