Highlands Farm’s resident sire Dynasty, currently the leading sire in South Africa by stakes, was represented by his 29h individual stakes winner last Friday when his son Daring Dave landed the Gr2 Post Merchants to pick up his first graded race win.
Bred by Highlands, Daring Dave produced a fine turn of foot to split a three horse finish and prevail by a short neck and a neck over the high class Australian performers Moofeed and Willow Magic (the latter pair having previously finished first and third respectively in the Gr3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap).
In the end it was Daring Dave first over Moofeed and Willow Magic, with the winner (who provided champion trainer Justin Snaith with a second consecutive win in the race) clocking a time of 71.18 for the 1200m trip.
Bred by Highlands Farm, Daring Dave was a R425 000 buy at the 2012 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book 1).
He has now won or placed in 10 of his 14 outings and has already amassed more than R580 000 in stakes.
Daring Dave’s sire, former Horse Of The Year Dynasty, is not only an outstanding sire but an extremely versatile one. The son of Fort Wood has sired graded stakes winning ranging in trip from 1200m to 3200m (son Ancestral Fore landing the G1 Gold Cup in 2010).
Dynasty’s 12 stakes winners this season include the above mentioned Daring Dave, as well as Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas winner Act Of War, Gr1 J&B Met/ L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate hero Futura and recent Gr1 Rising Sun Challenge hero Legislate.
Dynasty has also been represented by some top class stayers this season, with his sons Solid Speed and Shimmering Gem landing Gr3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup and Gr3 Racing Association Handicap respectively. Solid Speed, along with fellow Dynasty son Beewithme, has been nominated for the Gr2 Gold Vase (over 2400m) on Vodacom Durban July day next month.
In contrast, three of Dynasty’s offspring, Arniston, Heartland and Maria Theresa have been entered for the eThekwini Sprint over 1200m on the same day.
Dynasty’s sole lot on offer at next month’s Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale is a colt whose dam is a half sister to 3 stakes winners, including 16 time G2 winner Bound By Honour, who ran third in the 2008 Vodacom Durban July.