Highlands Farm’s outstanding sire Dynasty was represented by his second KZN Fillies Guineas winner in as many years when the Cheveley Stud bred Bela-Bela prevailed in Friday’s Daisy sponsored classic.
Bela-Bela, who following her impressive victory was priced up a 12-1 shot for the upcoming Vodacom Durban July, had been preceded in the classic win by her paternal half sister Alexis, who won the Fillies Guineas in 2015.
Third to subsequent J&B Met winner Smart Call in the 2016 G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes earlier this year, the Varsfontein Stud owned Bela-Bela has now won three of just five outings and has banked over R458 000 following her win in the R400 000 Guineas.
Winning jockey Anthony Delpech was clearly impressed with his mount, commenting in the post-race interview that, “She has been showing such good work back home and we were a little bit worried about the 11 draw. But she was so relaxed and then showed her ability and courage after checking to turning it on so beautifully. I am look forward to riding her again!
Bela-Bela was a R1 400 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale –and she looks to have been a great buy at the price.
She is one of 36 stakes winners for her sire Dynasty, who is also the sire of this season’s G1 Investec Cape Derby winner It’s My Turn, as well as three sons (Futura, Irish Flame and Legislate), who have been named Horse Of The Year.
Dynasty, whose yearlings have sold up to R5.2 million, has once again proved popular in South African sales rings in 2016. The former July winner and Horse Of The Year had a filly sell for R4.5 million at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale (where Dynasty’s 14 yearlings grossed R18.65 million), while a colt by Dynasty fetched R2.2 million at the recent National Yearling Sale.