Captain Al’s brilliant four-year-old son, One World, made it eight wins from only ten starts when holding off dual Merchants winner Search Party, and Undercover Agent, to land the 2019 Matchem Stakes by just under half a length. The late, great stallion’s sons finished 1-2-3 for a remarkable clean sweep in this Grade 3 feature.
One World had his many supporters on course and those watching the race on Tellytrack gasping for breath, because he looked down, out and beaten with just 200m to run. However, at the 100m-mark he suddenly woke up, grabbed the bit and stormed up to win the race in gallant fashion.
Jockey MJ Byleveld spoke with high praise of his winning mount, saying: “One World is not a one-dimensional horse and he proved it today. Last season he had the best cruising speed (and we raced from the front), but he came from off them today.
“At the top of the straight he was going nowhere but I was fortunate to get into a position one off the fence. The field came back to me. Once I switched him, he put his head down, showed his guts and won a fantastic race.
“Thanks to the team at home. This was a team effort. Last year I was on the sidelines with an injury, I am so glad to be back!”
Byleveld’s team is spearheaded, of course, by Milnerton trainer Vaughan Marshall, who said: “In a race like this your championship points come out. One World showed what he was worth today.”
Owned by Ken and Jane Truter, Braam van Huyssteen and Etienne Braun, One World cost R425 000 on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale and has already won stakes of R3 467 500.