Klawervlei Stud, South Africa’s Leading Breeders of 2020-2021, are enjoying another fine season this year.
The farm’s current flagbearers include none other than Kommetdieding, winner of last season’s G1 Vodacom Durban July and this season’s G1 World Sports Betting Cape Town Met, multiple graded stakes winner Seeking The Stars, G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Epsom Girl and stakes winners Full Velocity and Vaseem.
Situated at Wagenboomheuwel farm on the banks of the Breede River, Klawervlei, which was started as a partnership between Peter Koster and his son John, has become a cornerstone of the South African thoroughbred industry, with the farm churning out top-class horses year in and year out.
Among the numerous G1 winners/champions bred by Klawervlei are Always In Charge, Carry On Alice, Edict Of Nantes, Just Sensual, One World, and globetrotting sprint star Shea Shea. The farm also pulled off a notable feat in last year’s 2021 G1 Vodacom Durban July where the Klawervlei bred pair of Kommetdieding and Linebacker finished first and second respectively. (Klawervlei breds also finished a remarkable 1-2-3-4 in the 2021 G2 World Sports Betting Guineas).`
Klawervlei Stud, foundered in 1953, owes plenty of its recent success to the deeds of the farm’s legendary sire Captain Al.
The latter, Champion Sire in South Africa in both 2014-2015 and 2017-2018 , left behind more than 100 stakes winners, with the lengthy list of Captain Al sired stars including such Equus Champions as All Is Secret, Always In Charge, Captain Of All, Captain’s Lover, Celtic Sea, Cloth Of Cloud, Kasimir and the remarkable, Klawervlei bred, Carry On Alice.
The farm’s current stallion roster is made up of Captain Al’s champion son Captain Of All, the successful July winning sire Pomodoro, Uncle Mo horse Royal Mo, consistently successful stallion Twice Over and the Klawervlei bred Cape Guineas winner William Longsword.
The Bonnievale farm made headlines at last year’s National Sale when selling a Gimmethegreenlight colt fetching R2 800 000 to the bid from Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe.
Klawervlei will be offering an outstanding draft at this year’s National Yearling Sale, with this string made up of yearlings sired by such top-class stallions as Gimmethegreenlight, Querari, Rafeef, Trippi, What A Winter and the Klawervlei bred, champion sire elect, Vercingetorix.
A few of the highlights in this draft include a Vercingetorix half-sister (Lot 86) to dual G1 winning champion Edict Of Nantes, a Vercingetorix full-brother (Lot 150) to four time graded stakes winner Seeking The Stars, a Gimmethegreenlight filly (Lot 220) out of dual G1 winner Thunder Dance, a Gimmethegreenlight filly (Lot 274) out of Captain Al’s champion daughter All Is Secret, and a William Longsword half-brother (Lot 260) to dual Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle.
The farm’s grooms will also be represented at the 2022 National Yearling Sale, offering a colt (Lot 187) by current sire sensation Rafeef out of a stakes placed, three time winning daughter of Captain Al. Klawervlei’s National Sale draft can be found in Block H at the TBA Complex in Germiston.