A Dynasty Of Diamonds

18 Gr1 winners and counting!

With the sun having set on a glorious Cape Town Met day and representation in both the Wilgerbosdrift Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas and the WSB Gr2 Gauteng Guineas at Turffontein on Saturday, Ridgemont Highlands’ iconic sire Dynasty continues to carve his golden hoofprints across the landscape of South African horseracing.

No matter the time of the year or the region, the son of Fort Wood rolls on like master time and marked his 18th Gr1 winner when the 4yo Desert Miracle charged home to beat our reigning Horse of the Year Captain’s Ransom in the Schweppes Gr1 Majorca Stakes at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.

Dynasty daughter Desert Miracle wins the Schweppes Gr1 Majorca Stakes (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

The evergreen Dynasty went on to add a second stakes score after the Gr1 mile success on the major day when Salvator Mundi won the Gr2 New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers in the fashion of a horse parachuted into the 2800m race halfway up the home straight.

In the WSB Gr1 Cape Town Met on the same sunny afternoon, Dynasty’s forever young 7yo son Nexus ran a cracker to finish fourth, only beaten 1,50 lengths. The recent winner of the Ridgemont Highlands Gr2 Peninsula Handicap when defeating another Dynasty son in the Ridgemont Highlands-bred Imilenzeyokududuma, Nexus ran a gallant race in defeat and retirement is clearly the last thought on this fellow’s mind!

We are only at the halfway point of the season, and there is plenty yet to come, not only in Dynasty’s capacity as broodmare sire of amongst others, the majestic Charles Dickens, but continuing on Saturday when The Championships launch with the Gauteng Guineas Day at Turffontein.

In the first leg of the World Sports Betting Triple Crown and Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara for champion three-year-olds, Dynasty is represented by Brett Crawford-trained Allez Moris and the Tony Peter galloper Tipsy Tarragon, respectively.

Dynasty’s legacy flag is also proudly carried in the features on the day through his Gr1-winning sire sons, Futura and Act Of War.

The Dynasty legacy lives on!

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