SA Record For Dynasty Colt

A standout says elated groom as first time racehorse owner makes SA racing history


The record-breaker Shining Knight

A South African sales record was set at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale on Thursday evening at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, when lot 48, a Maine Chance Farms bred Dynasty colt, out of a sister to champion sire Silvano, was knocked down to Wehann Smith for ZAR 5,2 million.

Smith is a Director of Kuda Insurance and he apparently signed for the horse on behalf of first time buyer Piet Du Toit.

Du Toit, an ex schoolteacher from Thabazimbi, is now a successful game farmer based in Rustenburg.  He loves animals of all kinds and expressed his excitement at being able to purchase this wonderful colt.

It is thought that the smashing specimen will eventually go into training with Mike Bass Racing.

Making history and very proud - Shining Knight's groom Tom Qatar

Making history and very proud – Shining Knight’s groom Tom Qata

Named Shining Knight, his proud and elated Groom Tom Qata said that the son of Dynasty had always ‘stood out of the pack’.

Tom, Maine Chance’s Head Groom and a man with 26 years service, has also been associated with top horses like Met winner Imperious Sue and Joey Ramsden’s smart stakes performer, Golden Shina.

He said he was particularly proud as he had travelled to Germany for training in 2007 and had spent some time with Shining Knight’s well-bred dam, Shina.

“I am thrilled and very excited. This is a good horse – a lovely family and he has always stood out!” said an excited Tom.



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