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When Snowdance romped to a four and a quarter length win in Saturday’s G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship, she stamped herself as being well worth the R2 000 000 connections coughed up to purchase the Cheveley Stud bred bay from the 2016 National Yearling Sale in Germiston.

Now a winner of two of three outings, with the all-important black type to her name, Snowdance not only looks a G1 winner in waiting but she also looks a potentially hugely valuable broodmare prospect.

Snowdance is a daughter of now deceased sire Captain Al, whose sons Tap O’ Noth and Undercover Agent ran 1-2 in Saturday’s G3 Cape Classic and both look potential classic contenders.
Champion Sire in 2014 and eight times champion sire of 2yos, Captain Al has over 80 stakes winners to his name including no fewer than G1 winners.

Remarkably, Snowdance is the fourth daughter of Captain Al to win the Fillies Championship, having been preceded by all of Captain’s Lover (2007), Townsend (2009) and her three-parts sister All Is Secret (2012).

However, Snowdance is not just the daughter of an outstanding locally bred and race sire in Captain Al but she is also the latest in a long line of top class performers descended from Cheveley Stud’s remarkable grey mare Mystic Spring.

Equus Broodmare Of The Year in 2016-2017, Mystic Spring was unplaced on her only outing but has more than made up for that lapse since retiring to stud.
The daughter of Royal Academy has produced ten winners from 11 runners, with her seven black type performers including Equus Champions Rabiya and Bela-Bela (the latter having recently pronounced in foal to leading young stallion Gimmethegreenlight), as well as stakes winners Rafiya, Touch The Sky, and Spring Lilac.

Mystic Spring is also dam of the very fast grey Secret Of Victoria, whose six wins included four features, notably the G2 Southern Cross and G2 Sceptre Stakes, and the G3 Strelitzia Stakes at two. Secret Of Victoria preceded Spring Lilac in producing a top-class daughter, with the Goldkeeper mare responsible for Equus Champion and Fillies Championship winner All Is Secret (by Captain Al) and the latter’s own sister The Secret Is Out, whose five wins included the 2016 G1 Allan Robertson Championship.

Spring Lilac, dam of Snowdance, herself won twice including the G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery and has six individual winners to her name. The daughter of Joshua Dancer is now responsible for two stakes winners, with her Victorian Secret (like Snowdance by Captain Al) winning six from 1000 to 1200m including the Listed Laisserfaire Stakes, and she also ran second to champion Via Africa in the 2012 G2 Southern Cross Stakes.

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