Just Sensual, a daughter of Highlands Farms Stud part of Ridgemont’s wonderful sire Dynasty, picked up her third graded race victory when downing some of South Africa’s top older fillies and mares in the G2 Tibouchina Stakes at Greyville on Saturday.
The Klawervlei Stud bred filly, who was dispatched a 16-10 favourite, showed her considerable class when downing this season’s G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes winner, and year-older rival, Nightingale to score a deceptively easy half a length win in the 1400m Tibouchina.
Just Sensual, a R2 000 000 buy from the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, had previously triumphed in both the G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas and G3 Vasco Taverna Prix Du Cap, and was second at her penultimate start to sprint queen Carry On Alice in the G1 SA Fillies Sprint.
Now a leading contender for Equus Awards honours, Just Sensual (who was conceding weight to the majority of her older rivals in the Tibouchina) has won five of eight starts and banked more than R1.281 million.
It was a second week in a row that a 3yo daughter of Dynasty had prevailed in a major feature race, with the Highlands Farms Stud bred Lady Of The House (Dynasty) having captured the G1 Woolavington 2000 just seven days earlier.
Another top class Dynasty daughter, Equus Champion Bela-Bela, confirmed her class with a strong finishing third, against top class males, in the G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge on the same day. In the process, the Cheveley Stud bred four-year-old took her earnings to over R1.98 million in the process.
The 2017 G2 Tibouchina Stakes is the 14th black type win of the season for Dynasty sired runners, with other major races won by Dynasty runners this season including the G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes, G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas, G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas and G1 Woolavington 2000.