Progeny of Ridgemont Highlands’ late, great sire Dynasty dominated the finish to South Africa’s greatest staying race, when Dynasty’s Blossom (Dynasty), Made To Conquer (Dynasty) and Shenanigans (Dynasty) ran 1-2-5 respectively in the G3 eLan Gold Cup at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.
In the process, the Dynasty sired trio accounted for R1 062 500 of the total R1 250 000 on offer for the Gold Cup.
It was a second year in a row that Dynasty supplied the Gold Cup winner, with the late sire’s son It’s My Turn having won the race in 2018.
Dynasty’s Blossom, a thirdGold Cup winner for Dynasty following Ancestral Fore (2010) and It’s My Turn (2018), stamped her claims to being named Equus Champion Stayer for 2018-2019 when she accounted for the 2018 G1 Vodacom Durban July runner up Made To Conquer in Saturday’s Gold Cup.
Under jockey Nooresh Juglall, the four-year-old Dynasty filly stayed on stoutly to claim the first graded feature race of her career by just over three-parts of a length.
Her paternal half-brother Made To Conquer took his earnings to over R1.72 million with his runner up effort on Saturday, with his previous successes including a win in the 2018 G3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup.
A second Gold Cup winner for trainer Joey Ramsden, Dynasty’s Blossom, runner up in the G3 DStv Gold Vase at her penultimate start, has now won or placed in 14 of 21 outings with Saturday’s win taking her earnings to R1 193 550.
A R4.5 million buy from the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Dynasty’s Blossom is the 66th black type winner for Dynasty, with the latter also responsible for such champion fillies as Beach Beauty, Bela-Bela, Just Sensual and Lady In Black.
Sadly now deceased, Dynasty has had another big season in 2018-2019, with his eight individual black type winners this season including G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas winner Front And Centre, and fellow graded winners Dynasty’s Blossom, Liege, Storm Destiny, Shenanigans, and Eyes Wide Open.
– Cape Breeders Club