The Alec and Gillian Foster owned Tap O’ Noth provided trainer Vaughan Marshall, sire Captain Al and jockey MJ Byleveld with a G1 Cape Guineas double when the bay triumphed in the 2017 Forus sponsored classic.
Marshall and Byleveld had teamed up to the 2016 Cape Guineas with Captain Al colt William Longsword, now a stallion at Klawervlei Stud.
In landing the Cape Guineas, Tap O’ Noth, provided his trainer with his fifth Cape Guineas victory (Marshall’s previous Guineas winners including Tap O’ Noth’s sire Captain Al).
Despite having a wide draw of 14 to overcome in the 1600m classic, Tap O’ Noth was made favourite for the Guineas having won three of his previous outings and he was coming into the R1 000 000 race having won the G3 Cape Classic in impressive style.
Rider Byleveld made light of his coffin-box outside draw, and slotted into midfield before making his move in the straight. He led over a furlong out to beat White River by half a length with the Mike de Kock-trained Like A Panther a length and a quarter back in third. Well bred colt Cot Campbell finished fourth, 1.85 lengths off the winner.
Tap O’ Noth, bred by Alec Foster, picked up his first G1 victory in a time of 98.93.
His champion sire Captain Al had won the Cape Guineas in 2000, before embarking on a stud career which saw the son of Al Mufti head the South African General Sires List in 2014-2015 and also head the Leading Sires Of 2YOs list on eight occasions.
Tap O’ Noth, a winner of four of his five starts to date, is one of 17 G1 winners sired by Captain Al, whose other notable stars include champions All Is Secret, Captain Of All, Carry On Alice, Cloth Of Cloud and Always In Charge.
The deceased sire was enjoying a notable Guineas double, with Captain Al filly Snowdance having captured the G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas just weeks earlier.
Tap O’ Noth is out of the winning Western Winter mare Wintersweet, who won once over 1000 metres. The mare enjoyed a notable graded double on Guineas day, with her Silvano sired son Strathdon winning the G3 Mahala TV Cape Summer Stayers Handicap two races after Tap O’ Noth won the Guineas!