South Africa lost one of its greatest champions and best stallions of recent years when Ridgemont Highlands’ mighty sire Dynasty died at the age of 19 on Monday.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift and trained by Dean Kannemeyer, Dynasty was South Africa’s Horse Of The Year and Equus Champion 3YO Classic Male of 2002. The handsome bay won nine of just 12 outings, with Dynasty reeling off four consecutive G1 wins when landing the Cape Derby, SA Guineas, Daily News 2000 and Durban July at three.
Victorious in the G2 Green Point Stakes at four (a race he also won as a sophomore), Dynasty retired to stud with the reputation as a truly exceptional racehorse.
Retired to Highlands in 2005, Dynasty quickly went on to establish himself as one of South Africa’s best stallions –and he is without doubt one of the very best sires ever bred in this country. Four times South Africa’s Equus Outstanding Stallion, the July winning champion is currently responsible for over 60 stakes winners (and more than 100 stakes horses in total), with Dynasty’s black type performers including 15 individual G1 winners –and 28 G1 performers in total.
Dynasty’s G1 winners were headed by three sons (Futura, Irish Flame and Legislate) who were named Horse Of The Year, and fellow Equus Champions Beach Beauty (Older Female –twice), Bela-Bela (3YO Filly), It’s My Turn (Stayer), Just Sensual (3YO Filly), and Lady In Black (2YO Filly).
His progeny have dominated the G1 Cape Derby in recent years with Dynasty sons Jackson, Legislate, It’s My Turn and Eyes Wide Open all having won the Kenilworth classic.
Dynasty’s progeny have won most of South Africa’s big races with his runners having been victorious in all of the above mentioned Cape Derby, Vodacom Durban July, L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, J&B Met, Champions Cup (3 times), Summer Cup, Cape Guineas, Cape Fillies Guineas (twice), Gold Cup (twice), Thekwini Stakes, Paddock Stakes (3 times), SA Derby, Daily News 2000 (three times), Garden Province Stakes (three times), and Woolavington 2000.
The champion’s current star performers include G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas winner Front And Centre, G3 Three Troikas Stakes winner Storm Destiny and recent Aquanaut Handicap hero Wonderous Climber.
Out of Commodore Blake mare Blakes Affair (and a full-brother to G2 Gold Vase winner Sequoia and G2 Gold Circle Oaks runner up Clandestine), Dynasty was one of three Fort Wood sons named Horse Of The Year, with Horse Chestnut and Celtic Grove being the others.
Dynasty’s legacy looks set to continue with his growing number of sons standing at stud including Act Of War, Futura (whose first yearlings have made up to R1 200 000), Legislate, Jackson, Horizon and Irish Flame.