Trainer Vaughan Marshall looks to have a very special Captain Al colt on his hands in the form of Captain Of Stealth, who made it two wins from as many starts with another scintillating win at Durbanville on Saturday.
A five and a half-length front-running winner on debut, Captain Of Stealth was never headed on Saturday, landing the Itsarush.co.za Welcomes You Juvenile Plate by six lengths, after the start was delayed when Minnesota Dream (later scratched from the race) played up badly in the starting stalls and injured jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe.
Jockey MJ Byleveld barely had to earn his riding fees aboard the 1-3 shot, with Byleveld taking several looks around behind him, while easing Captain Of Stealth down to win as he liked.
Byleveld said after the win, “I think this horse is special. He is very professional and he really lengths off the speed and he really put them to bed today.”
Owned by Pat Freestone and John Habib, Captain Stealth could be aimed at the Langerman later in the season, with Marshall having won that race with another top class son of Captain Al, One World, last year.
Feature races beckon for Celestial Storm, who defied a whopping 64kgs to score a three-parts of a length win in Saturday’s second race, the Play Soccer 6,10, and 13 FM 80 handicap, with Corne Orffer picking up a nice pick up ride.
Runner up to Celestial Storm Nastergal also caught the eye when not getting the best of passages over a trip short of her best, and she put up a smart trial for the upcoming Sweet Chestnut Stakes.
Nastergal’s trainer Candice Bass-Robinson enjoyed better luck in the third race when her blue blooded bridesmaid Bella Summer cracked her maiden at the seventh time of asking. As a ¾ sister to the Bass trained five time G1 winner Inara, the Drakenstein Stud bred and owned filly did her future stud prospects no harm by getting this win under her belt.