Leading sire Dynasty, who was responsible for the final feature race winner of 2017 in South Africa, has began 2018 with a real bang and he had a memorable feature race double at Kenilworth on LQP day this Saturday.
The former Horse Of The Year’s first feature race win on Saturday came when his Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred son Our Emperor captured the G3 Heineken Chairman’s Cup for trainer Brett Crawford and jockey Greg Cheyne. The lightly raced four-year-old was given a superb ride by Cheyne, who managed to overcome a muddling pace in the Chairman’s Cup and get to score by a head for his connections.
(Another son of Dynasty, Let It Rain, ran fourth in the Chairman’s Cup to give the Horse Of The Year a 1-4 finish).
Our Emperor, one of more than 50 stakes winners for his sire, had previously finished third in the G3 Cape Summer Stayers Handicap and he looks a potential contender for some of the country’s bigger staying races this season. Now a four-time winner, Our Emperor was a R475 000 purchase from the 2015 Val De Vie Yearling Sale.
Highlands Stud are the breeders of Dynasty’s G1 Premiers Champion Stakes winner Eyes Wide Open who confirmed himself a top class galloper when he beat some very smart older rivals in the G2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap over 1800m on Saturday.
The colt, bred on the same Dynasty/Jallad cross as G1 winners It’s My Turn and Liege, stamped himself a potential candidate for either the G1 Sun Met or the G1 Investec Cape Derby with a three parts of a length win over The Slade, with such notable graded stakes winners Horizon, Krambambuli, Mambo Mime, Elusive Silva and Our Mate Art further back in running.
Trained by Glen Kotzen and ridden to victory by Anthony Andrews, Eyes Wide Open was a R850 000 buy from the 2016 Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale.
Remarkably, fourth place finisher Horizon is also a son of Dynasty –which means Dynasty was responsible for 1-4 finishers in both the G3 Chairman’s Cup and G2 Peninsula Handicap.
Dynasty’s champion and G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Lady In Black went close to giving her sire a remarkable treble when beaten only by Street Cry’s impressive daughter Oh Susanna in Saturday’s G1 Cartier Paddock Stakes.
In filling the runner up berth, Lady In Black, who has now banked over R800 000 in prize money, confirmed herself as one of the leaders of generation, and finished in front of such high class G1 performers as Nother Russia, Safe Harbour, Gimme Six, Nightingale, and Orchid Island.
She is one of several high class 3yos for Dynasty this season, with others including G3 Flamboyant Stakes winner Hashtagyolo, Listed KZN Guineas Trial winner Sir David Baird and the above mentioned Eyes Wide Open.
The champion has 12 lots on this month’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.