Feature double for Dynasty
Highlands Farm’s leading sire Dynasty had a remarkable feature race double at Kenilworth on Saturday –and went close to making it a treble! His son Blaze Of Noon (Politician Stakes) and daughter Beach Beauty (Paddock Stakes) gave Dynasty a rare graded stakes double – while another son, Jackson, ran second in the day’s principal race, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
Blaze Of Noon became Dynasty’s 16th individual stakes winner when he won the Gr3 Julius Baer Politician Stakes.
In landing this established Derby trial, the Armitage bred colt took his tally to two wins from his last three outings.
Blaze Of Noon, who is out of the Goldkeeper mare Secure, is the third Dynasty colt following Irish Flame and Jackson to win the Politician Stakes.
Blaze Of Noon is also the fifth stakes performer to have emerged from Dynasty’s current crop of 3yos.
Dynasty’s greatest daughter to date, last season’s Equus Champion Older Mare Beach Beauty, won her second consecutive running of the Gr1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes. In doing so, the diminutive bay took her tally to over R3.7 million. She is the fifth mare to have won the Paddock Stakes twice.
Beach Beauty, whose 14 wins include nine features, could run next either in the Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca or in the Gr1 J&B Met (a race in which she was third last year). Remarkably, Beach Beauty has won feature races at three, four, five and six – and is a great tribute to the quality and soundness that is found in the South African thoroughbred.
Saturday was nearly a perfect one for Dynasty, as his triple Grade One winning son Jackson (destined to join his sire at Highlands) repeated his runner up finish in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. Jackson, a R1 000 000 purchase at the 2010 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, has now won over R2 353 000 in prize money.
Dynasty (Fort Wood – Blakes Affair) has enjoyed a fine season thus far – with his sons running 1-2-3-4 in the Cape’s Gr2 feature, the Selangor Cup, and Jackson and Beach Beauty will give their sire a strong hand on J&B Met day next month.
The stallion, whose yearlings sold up to R3 600 000 in 2013, was fully booked for the 2013 season.