Highlands Farm’s outstanding sire Dynasty was represented by his ninth individual G1 winner when daughter Bela-Bela won Saturday’s G1 Woolavington 2000 at Greyville.(Dynasty went close to making it a G1 double on the day with his G1 Investec Cape Derby winning son It’s My Turn going down narrowly in the R2 000 000 Daily News 2000 on the same card.)
The Cheveley Stud bred Bela-Bela, who races for the Varsfontein Stud, made it four wins from just six outings when bursting clear to win Saturday’s R1 000 000 feature by 1.75 lengths from Negroamaro with Nightingale a head away in third place. (The first three home in the Woolavington are all Cape breds!)
Bela-Bela has now earned over R1 083 125 and clearly ranks as a leading contender for the Equus Award of Champion 3YO Filly.
The talented grey had previously won the G2 Daisy Fillies Guineas last time out and had also finished a creditable third to Smart Call in the G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes earlier in the season. Bela-Bela, who was a R1 400 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, was the second Dynasty in daughter in the last 2 years to win the KZN Guineas –her paternal half sister, Alexis, was triumphant in the same race in 2015.
Bela-Bela’s sire Dynasty is enjoying another outstanding season and is currently South Africa’s fourth leading sire by stakes.
His 10 stakes winners for the season thus far include the above mentioned pair of Bela-Bela and It’s My Turn (both leading contenders for the G1 Vodacom Durban July), dual G3 winning filly Olma, and G2 Betting World 1900 hero Solid Speed.
Dynasty, whose yearlings have fetched up to R4 500 000 this year, will have a plethora of sons at stud in 2016, with the great champion’s representatives including not only Irish Flame and Jackson, but the newcomers Act Of War, Futura and Legislate.