Highlands Stud (part of Ridgemont) is home to outstanding sire Dynasty, whose offspring have won 16 individual black type races this season.
The former Horse Of The Year’s good form continued this weekend, when Dynasty was represented by three more winners.
Dynasty’s weekend treble was kicked off when his superbly bred son Our Icon (bred by Highlands) romped home to make it three wins on the bounce when successful over a mile at Fairview on Friday.
In the process, Our Icon (now an eight time winner who has earned nearly R500 000 in prize money) accounted for his G2 winning paternal half brother Dynamic (winner of the 2014 G1 Premier Trophy) by two lengths.
(Our Icon is a full-brother to this season’s promising 2yo Wonderous Climber, who romped to an effortless two and a half length victory at just the second time of asking, having been second on debut.)
Next Dynasty runner to score over the weekend was the regally bred 2yo Flying Fable, who drew clear to post a facile three and a quarter length win over 1160m at Turffontein on Saturday on just her second racecourse appearance. Trained by Mike Azzie, and bred by Highlands, Flying Fable was a R500 000 buy from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Flying Fable (who holds an entry in the G1 Thekwini Stakes) is one of seven juvenile winners for Dynasty this season, whose other notable 2yo winners this season include G3 Protea Stakes winner Barrack Street.
Third and final of Dynasty’s three winners for the weekend came when another 2yo by the sire, Eyes Wide Open, broke his maiden in scintillating fashion for trainer Glen Kotzen at Scottsville on Sunday. Making just his second racetrack appearance, the impressive looking Eyes Wide Open bounded clear to win by three and a half lengths over a mile for breeders Highlands Stud.
Bred on the same Dynasty/Jallad cross as high class performer It’s My Turn, Solid Speed and July runner up Run For It, Eyes Wide Open was a R850 000 buy from last year’s Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale. He has been entered for the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes at the end of the season.
Dynasty, whose offspring have won such major races as the G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes, G1 Woolavington 2000 and G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas this season, could yet have more big races to his name before the end of the season, with Dynasty’s offspring being entered in such races as the G1 Champions Cup, Gold Cup, and G3 Final Fling Stakes.