Highlands Stud part of Ridgemont’s resident sire Dynasty has enjoyed another magnificent season in 2016-2017, with the former Horse Of The Year’s offspring having won no fewer than 15 black type races this season thus far.
One of Dynasty’s brightest stars this season has been the Highlands bred African Night Sky, who became the first since triple Horse Of The Year Pocket Power to win all three legs of the Winter Series when romping to a five and a half length win in Saturday’s G3 Highlands Stud Winter Derby at Kenilworth.
Destined for a crack at next year’s G1 Sun Met, African Night Sky, who picked up a R250 000 bonus after landing the G3 Highlands Stud Winter Guineas, G3 Highlands Stud Winter Classic and Saturday’s Derby, has now won five of just eight starts and looks destined for G1 company.
The handsome bay, who is out of the stakes winning mare Starzene, is bred on the same Dynasty/Cozzene cross as Highlands’ triple G1 winning sire Jackson, whose first yearlings this year have fetched up to R2 million.
To date, Dynasty offspring have won 15 black type feature races this season, including the G1 Woolavington 2000, G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes, G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas, G2 Tibouchina Stakes, G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas, as well as all three legs of the Winter Series.
The former Vodacom Durban July winner is set to be represented by his G1 Investec Cape Derby winning son It’s My Turn in Saturday’s G1 Vodacom Durban July (a race won by his now Drakenstein Stud based son Legislate back in 2014). Dynasty is also strongly represented in the G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes on the same day with his G1 winning daughters Bela-Bela and Just Sensual.