Met day treble for Dynasty
Highlands Farm’s leading sire Dynasty has enjoyed a magnificent Cape Summer season, with his offspring having won the Gr1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes and running 1-2-3-4 in the Gr2 Selangor Cup. Dynasty’s season, however, got even better when he had a stunning hatrick of winners on the Western Cape’s biggest day of racing – J&B Met day.
Dynasty’s offspring won races 5-7 with his lightly raced son, Futura, kicking off proceedings with a cosy success in the JandB made Different Handicap over 1600m.
Bred by Guy Murdoch, Futura has now won two of three outings, and looks another really nice prospect for his sire.
Out of the Badger’s Drift mare Scribblin’ The Cat, Futura’s second dam, Winter Fox, is a half-sister to former Gr1 Paddock Stakes victress Angelina (by Rakeen). Futura looks more than capable of giving Dynasty yet another stakes winner this season.
Dynasty got the second Gr1 Investec Cape Derby winner of his stud career when his son Legislate emulated both his paternal half-brother, Jackson, and his sire, by landing the R1 000 000 contest.
Bred by the Cheveley Stud, Legislate, who had previously been second in both the Gr2 Selangor Cup and Gr3 Cape Classic, has now won over R700 000 for owners, Newbury Racing. He is out of the four time winning Restructure mare, Champers – a full-sister to the ten time winner, Asprey. Legislate was a R100 000 buy at the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale (which also produced Derby runner up Captain America).
Strongly fancied by trainer Justin Snaith in the Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas, Legislate is the fifth Grade One winner for his sire, who is the sire of 10 Gr1 performers in total thus far.
Arguably, Dynasty’s most popular runner, however, is his Equus Champion daughter, Beach Beauty, who arguably stole the show by winning the seventh race of the day – the Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes.
In winning the Majorca, Beach Beauty made it a clean sweep of the Cape’s open Gr1 races for fillies and mares – having previously won the Gr1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes previously.
The late Trevor Armitage bred a rare gem, when he bred Beach Beauty, who has now won 15 races and over R4.4 million in prize money. She has won an astonishing ten Graded races, and, no doubt, looks a hot favourite to regain her Equus Award status.
Out of the three time winning Capture Him mare Sun Coast, Beach Beauty is a true champion and one of the finest mares to have raced locally over the past decade.
Dynasty’s legacy looks set to continue in no uncertain terms. His current crop of 3yos (which include the first four home in the Gr2 Selangor Cup), includes three graded stakes winners to date (Legislate, De Kock, Blaze Of Noon), as well as the promising performers Futura and Daring Dave.
The former Horse Of The Year was also hugely popular at the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. His 13 yearlings to sell grossed R9.75 million – and averaged an impressive R750 000.
His top priced yearling at that sale was a colt out of the smart Jallad mare Jabulani Jive who was knocked down to Shadwell Stud South Africa for R3 000 000.
Dynasty (Fort Wood – Blake’s Affair) is a tremendous representative of the South African thoroughbred, and his legacy looks set to live long.