Grade One double for Dynasty
Highlands Farm’s resident sire Dynasty, currently South Africa’s leading active sire, had a tremendous Gr1 double on Vodacom Durban July.
Not only was Dynasty was represented by the first and third, Legislate and Futura, in the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, but his champion Beach Beauty landed the Gr1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes for a second year.
Another of Dynasty’s progeny, Alexander, was second in the Gr3 tabGOLD 2200 on the same card.
Dynasty’s star son Legislate has now won four in a row, and has earned over R4 million in prize money. He emulated Dynasty in winning all of the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, Gr2 KRA Guineas, Gr1 Daily News 2000 and Gr1 Vodacom Durban July.
In winning South Africa’s most famous race, Legislate became a first Vodacom Durban July winner for Dynasty, who won the race back in 2003. Dynasty has now been represented by one July winner, two July runner ups, and one July third place finisher – quite a record, and one which will surely get even better in the years to come.
Legislate’s paternal half-brother Futura, who was bred by Guy Murdoch, put up a cracking effort to run on strongly for third place, and it surely won’t be long before he picks up a decent feature race.
Legislate, a leading candidate for both the Horse Of The Year and Equus Champion 3YO Colt titles, and Futura are two of eight stakes performers produced in Dynasty’s current crop of 3yos. This crop also includes the Gr2 Selangor Cup hero De Kock, Gr3 Winter Derby hero Dynastic Power and the very promising performers It Is Written, Speed Rocket, and top sprinter Daring Dave.
One of South Africa’s most popular champions, and a potential Horse Of The Year candidate Beach Beauty scored the 17th win of her career in Saturday’s Gr1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes.
The mare, last season’s Equus Champion Older Filly/Mare, looks set to defend her title successfully, following a season which has seen Beach Beauty win all of the Gr1 Majorca Stakes, Paddock Stakes, Garden Province Stakes and Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes.
This magnificent champion, bred by Trevor Armitage, has now earned over R5 million in prize money, won five Gr1 races, and won no fewer than 12 feature race wins.
To date, Dynasty has been represented by nearly 50 stakes horses, and his progeny have earned over R40 million. His offspring include 11 Grade 1 performers, a tally which includes the exciting young stallions Irish Flame and Jackson.
Dynasty’s superb season could yet get even better with his 2yo son Arniston looking a big runner in Friday’s Gr3 Champions Juvenile Cup.