Son of Dynasty smashes SA record
A son of Highlands Farm’s resident stallion Dynasty became the most expensive thoroughbred ever sold at public auction in South Africa, when fetching R5.2 million on the first day of trading at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale on Thursday.
Consigned by Maine Chance Farms, the colt, who has been named Shining Knight, was acquired by new buyer Piet Du Toit for the sales topping sum. The previous top price paid for a thoroughbred at auction in this country was the R4.5 spent on Brutal Force (Western Winter- Nacarat) at the 2013 CTS Ready To Run Sale.
Shining Knight, a colt who really looks to have a stallion’s pedigree, is the seventh foal of the unraced Lomitas mare Shina – a full sister to Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding sire Silvano.
Shina, also a half sister to Grade 1 winner Sabiango, is a daughter of German Broodmare Of The Year Spirit Of Eagles.
Shining Knight is the latest highlight for his sire Dynasty, who is leading the South African general sires log at the time of writing. To date, Dynasty’s runners have earned over R7.7 million this season, with his progeny having already picked up nine feature races this season.
Dynasty, whose top performers including leading 2015 Met fancies Futura and Legislate, was named South Africa’s Outstanding Stallion for last season – and his runners’ good form have continued in the 2014-2015 racing season.
Amongst his top performers this season are Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Futura, Gr2 Lanzerac Le General Green Point hero and last season’s Horse Of The Year Legislate, and star 3yo Act Of War. The latter, a devastating winner of the recent Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas, looks very hard to oppose in next week’s Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, a race won previously by Dynasty (2003) as well as his sons Jackson (2012) and Legislate (2014).
Remarkably, there are three Dynasty sons lining up in the Derby next week, with Act Of War being joined by his paternal half brothers Arniston and Bianzino.