2014 – the year of Dynasty
The 2014 year, in terms of racing and breeding, belongs to Highlands Farm’s magnificent stallion Dynasty.
The former Horse Of The Year has become an even better sire than he was a racehorse –a fact underlined that in 2014, Dynasty’s progeny have won no fewer than 22 major South African feature races.
This tally includes eight Grade 1 races, with major races won by Dynasty’s progeny this year including the Vodacom Durban July, Champions Cup, Grand Parade Cape Guineas, and Maine Chance Paddock Stakes.
It is also interesting to note that many of Dynasty’s top performers are out of mares by less than successful sires. The likes of Restructure, Capture Him, Cordoba, and Badger’s Drift are the broodmare sire of Dynasty’s top performers Legislate, Beach Beauty, Act Of War and Futura respectively.
Dynasty sired runners include South Africa’s top 4yo (Legislate) and top 3yo (Act Of War) – a remarkable feat achieved only by the very best stallions, and Dynasty’s success continues to reach new heights.
A monthly look back at 2014 just underlines Dynasty’s tremendous success and dominance in South Africa this past year.
While Dynasty’s multiple Grade 1 winning son Jackson was beaten into second place in the big race itself, 2014 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate belong to Dynasty nonetheless. The son of Fort Wood had a pair of feature race winners on the day, with his son Blaze Of Noon landing the Gr3 Julius Baer Politician Stakes, and champion Beach Beauty taking the Gr1 Maine Chance Paddock Stakes.
At the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Dynasty once again proved popular, with his yearlings fetching up to R3 million. The top priced lot at the sale was a bay colt out of the smart racemare Jabulani Jive, who was purchased by Shadwell.
Dynasty’s run of success in big races continued unabated in February. At Kenilworth on J&B Met day, Dynasty once again was represented by two major feature race winners in Beach Beauty and Legislate. Beach Beauty landed the Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, to the pleasure of her considerable fan club, while her paternal half brother Legislate scored an emphatic victory in the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, relegating race favourite Captain America to second.
Dynasty’s offspring remarkable run of success ensured the son of Fort Wood remained a highly popular horse in the sales ring.
At the March Yearling Sale at Durbanville, a filly out of Silky Lily was knocked down to Adriaan Van Vuuren for an even million.
Trainer Brett Crawford is one of Dynasty’s biggest fans, having trained the stallions’ Grade 1 winning sons Futura and Jackson. He also saddled a Dynasty filly, Dancing Dynasty, to pick up April’s Scarlet Lady by an easy five lengths.
Dancing Dynasty’s stablemate Futura made it two wins in a row when landing a graduation plate in eye catching fashion – and he would go on to much bigger things later in the season.
The horse was once again popular at a major yearling sale- at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Dynasty had 15 yearlings sell for an aggregate of R8.16 million. His yearlings, which fetched up to R2 million, averaged an impressive R544 000 at this year’s National Sale.
Legislate confirmed that his Investec Cape Derby win was no fluke by winning what had looked a highly competitive Gr2 KRA Guineas by three lengths. Legislate’s victory bought back memories of his sire, who had scored such an impressive win in the same race in 2003. Legislate would continue to follow in his sire’s footsteps throughout the year, going from strength to strength as he did so. Come the end of the month, Legislate made it three graded wins on the trot when landing the Gr1 Daily News 2000 (also won previously by Dynasty), stamping himself a July contender in the process.
On the same day, Beach Beauty picked up the Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes for a second year in a row when crushing a top class field in the Greyville feature. Amongst the horses beaten by the wonderful mare, whose consistency made her a firm favourite with the punters, were L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Capetown Noir, and J&B Met third Punta Arenas.
The same month, saw an impressive win by Dynasty’s 2yo son Act Of War, who routed his 16 opponents to win a maiden juvenile plate over 1200m by four lengths.
Dynasty’s pattern of being represented by a pair of features at one race meeting continued into the month of June. His daughter Irish Myth and son Dynastic Power gave their sire another memorable day when landing the Listed Winter Oaks and Gr3 Winter Derby on the same card at Kenilworth. Both Irish Myth, a full sister to Horse Of The Year Irish Flame, and Dynastic Power were winning their first feature races of their respective careers.
June also saw Act Of War score an impressive win in the Gr3 Langerman, defeating his highly rated stable mate Kingvoldt and subsequent Sophomore Sprint hero Door Of Deception in the process.
Dynasty truly owned the month of July, with his offspring winning major races at a rate of knots. The former champion reached new heights with his runners dominating South African racetracks during July, and stamped himself as a truly exceptional stallion in the process. His son Legislate was awarded victory in the Vodacom Durban July in controversial circumstances, with original winner Wylie Hall losing the race on an objection. While the race may not have pleased everyone, the July was a great result for Dynasty, whose son Futura ran third behind his paternal half brother.
July day was a huge one for Dynasty, as his mighty daughter Beach
Beauty picked up the fifth Grade 1 win of her career when she won the Garden Province Stakes in a fitting swansong to a career which saw the diminutive bay pick up no fewer than 17 victories.
The same month, also saw Act Of War pick up the second feature race win of his career (Listed Winter Juvenile Stakes) – this would not be his last stakes victory!
Futura impressed with his third in the Vodacom Durban July, and he picked up a well deserved Grade 1 win when victorious in the Gr1 Champions Cup. Remarkably, it was a second year in a row that a Dynasty colt won the Champions Cup – with the now retired Jackson having landed the spoils in 2013.
Dynasty and his offspring cleaned up at the local awards, with his dominance in plain sight at the South Africa’s premier horse racing ceremony, the Equus Awards.
While his son Legislate picked up three awards (including title of Horse Of The Year), Dynasty himself was named the season’s Outstanding Stallion.
His great daughter Beach Beauty, who had recently retired to stud having earned over R5 million in stakes, also received an Equus Award – that of Champion Older Female. Beach Beauty, who had previously won the same award in 2013, would be covered, successfully, by Drakenstein’s superbly bred young sire Duke Of Marmalade.
Dynasty’s popularity, understandably, remained high on the back of his continued success.
At Augusts Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, a beautifully bred Dynasty filly was knocked down to Varsfontein Stud for R1.4 million, while a son of Dynasty was sold for R700 000 at the same sale. Dynasty ended up as the second leading sire for the 2YO Sale (by Aggregate), with his seven lots fetching just over R2.9 million.
Dynasty’s brilliant son Jackson got off to a good start at Highlands Stud, proving both fertile and very popular. An exceptionally handsome horse, Jackson won three Grade 1 races, and defeated Variety Club in the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby of 2012.
Jackson’s full brother Heartlands made a stunning debut in August, when winning by nearly ten lengths over 1200m for champion trainer Justin Snaith, and he looked a colt with a bright future.
Act Of War showed his class with a truly breathtaking win in the Gr3 Cape Classic. The colt, who had to give 4.5 kgs and upwards to his rivals, powered home to win by a neck going away – convincing most pundits that they had seen the future Guineas winner.
Yet another highly profitable month for the stallion, with his runners picking up three more feature race wins during November.
Star of the show was Horse Of The Year Legislate, who made a stunning 4yo debut when clearing off to win the Gr2 Lanzerac Le General Green Point Stakes. Making his first start since July, the brilliant Cheveley Stud bred colt simply romped home to win by three and a half lengths, with Dynasty’s Grade 1 winner Futura back in third. The victory established Legislate as a hot favourite for the 2015 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
The same day saw Dynasty runners complete a graded double when Act Of War gave Piere Strydom his 5,000th winner with a facile score in the Cape’s traditional Guineas prep – the Gr2 Selangor Cup.
With the year fast winding down, Dynasty and his progeny showed no signs of slowing their rate of success. Dynasty’s offspring won three features this month – with the highlight being Act Of War’s brilliant success in the Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas. IN landing the Cape Guineas, Act Of War made amends for Dynasty’s shock upset in the same race a few years earlier. Act Of War, who has now won six of seven outings, became his sire’s seventh individual Grade 1 winner. The brilliant colt, who looks a real superstar, has now earned over R1.2 million in stakes – and he is the latest star for a stallion who has established himself as one of the greatest sires ever bred in South Africa.
Dynasty’s other feature race winners in December were Dynamic (Gr2 Vaso Premier Trophy) and Fourth Estate (Gr3 Christmas Handicap).