Highlands Farm’s magnificent stallion Dynasty truly had a weekend to remember just past.
Not only did the former July winner and Horse Of The Year have an impressive tally of five individual local winners, but Dynasty sons totally dominated the finish of the Gr3 Kuda Matchem Stakes at Durbanville on Saturday.
Dynasty’s star son Act Of War accounted for his paternal half brothers Heartland (2nd) and Line Break (4th) when landing the R250 000 Matchem Stakes. Third home, Charles Lytton, is sired by Dynasty’s half brother Thomas Crown, making the Matchem a triumph for the Dynasty clan. The Matchem was also a good one for Highlands Farm –not only do they stand Dynasty but they also stand his triple G1 winning son Jackson, a full brother to Heartland. Both Jackson and Heartland were bred by Highlands.
Bred by the Arc-en-Ciel Stud, Act Of War’s win on Saturday was his seventh stakes win from just 10 outings. The colt, who is owned by Ingrid and Markus Jooste, has now won eight of 10 outings and has prize money of over R1.8 million. One of seven G1 winners sired by Dynasty, the 2014 Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas winning Act Of War was a R550 000 buy from the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. By an outstanding sire in Dynasty and out of a broodmare of the year, no doubt Act Of War himself will be a valuable stud prospect when he retires from the track.
Other eye catching winners for Dynasty this past weekend include Madame Justice, an own sister to Horse Of The Year Legislate, who broke her maiden by nine lengths on Friday, and It’s My Turn. The latter, who was bred by Willem Engelbrecht Jr, made a smart winning debut at Durbanville on Saturday when scoring by an easy two and a half lengths over 1300m.
Owned by prominent owner Fred Crabbia, It’s My Turn (bred on the same Dynasty/Jallad cross as G3 winner Fourth Estate, July runner up Run For It, G3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup hero Solid Speed) looks a three-year-old to keep an eye on this season. The gelding, who is out of the mare Jallad’s Queen, was a R400 000 purchase from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Last season’s Equus Outstanding Stallion, Dynasty has made a blistering start to the new season and currently ranks second on South Africa’s General Sires List.