Ridgemont Highlands’ leading sire Dynasty was at it once again this weekend, when the former July winner and Horse Of The Year was responsible for five eye catching winners.

Dynasty, whose sire Fort Wood was responsible for Sunday’s Listed Woolavington Handicap winner Benjan, kicked started a wonderful weekend when his daughter Negma shed her maiden at Greyville on Friday evening.
The consistent filly, who was bred by Mike Sharkey, outclassed her rivals in Friday’s 1100m sprint and spread-eagled her field to score a four length win for trainer Brett Crawford and jockey Anton Marcus.

The well bred Negma has now won or placed in six of nine outings.

Dynasty also enjoyed a notable double at both Turffontein on Saturday and Kenilworth the following day. The son of Fort Wood’s Saturday double saw the promising Ascot Stud bred Storm Destiny (a full-sister to R900 000 plus earner Stormy Eclipse) make it two wins from just four outings when recording an emphatic two and a quarter length win over fellow Dynasty filly Dame Kelly in an assessment plate over 1600m. (Last season’s G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic runner up Green Top was a well beaten third -2.55 lengths off Storm Destiny). Storm Destiny, whose trainer Mike de Kock also handles Dynasty’s very smart son Noble Secret,  was a R500 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.

Her paternal half-sister Kentucky Blue made it a double for Dynasty on Saturday when the Johan Janse Van Vuuren trained 4yo made it win number two from her last five starts when scoring over 1450 metres. Bred by Klawervlei Stud, the regally bred Kentucky Blue had been second at her previous outing over 1200m.

Dynasty’s G1 winner Eyes Wide Open

Her four times Equus Outstanding Sire Dynasty made news at Kenilworth on Sunday when his sons Tyrian and Knights Templar won races one and two respectively, with both sons scoring for champion trainer Justin Snaith.  The Maine Chance Farms bred 3yo gelding Tyrian caught the eye when accounting for the regally bred first-timer Via Salaria over 1000m. Tyrian has now won or been placed in four of his five outings.

Lammerskraal Stud are the breeders of Knights Templar, who really caught the eye when running on from well off the pace to shed his maiden at just the second time of asking on Sunday. The beautifully bred 3yo colt, bred on the same Dynasty/Jallad cross as G1 winners Eyes Wide Open, It’s My Turn and Liege, made light of his inexperience to win by three parts of a length and Knights Templar looks a progressive sort.

The sire of 60 stakes winners, including eight Equus Champions, Dynasty enjoyed a memorable week last week, as he was also responsible for a trio of winners at the Vaal on Thursday. One of South Africa’s elite stallions, Dynasty has a single lot on offer at this month’s CTS Ready To Run Sale.


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