Two of Dynasty’s sons set to shine at the Vaal
Hit For Six and Protea Paradise are the ones to watch after Dynasty's sudden death at Highlands Stud that rocked the bloodstock industry
The progeny of recently-deceased champion racehorse and sire Dynasty are set to keep his name in the limelight and two of his sons, Hit For Six and Protea Paradise, have winning chances at the Vaal on Tuesday.
Dynasty — the 2002 Durban July winner who won four consecutive Gr 1 races — is the sire of this season’s Cape Fillies Guineas winner, Front And Centre and his sudden death at Highlands Stud has rocked the bloodstock industry.
The winner of nine of his 12 starts, Dynasty was trained by Dean Kannemeyer who did an outstanding job with the son of another top stallion, Fort Wood.
After the sire’s passing, Kannemeyer said: “He showed me from day one that he could be something really special. He had a great temperament, very seldom do you see that. I still say we never saw the best of him. He was on his way to Hong Kong for the Queen Elizabeth and unfortunately pulled up lame in his final prep. He never raced again.” .
Sons of Dynasty standing at stud in SA include Jackson, Futura, Act Of War, Legislate, Irish Flame and Horizon.
Hit For Six, a son of Dynasty bred at Varsfontein Stud, hinted a first win was close at hand when finishing third at Turffontein earlier in March . This inmate of the powerful Mike de Kock stable looks set for a big run in Tuesday’s third race over 2,000m.
Julep, a daughter of Fort Wood trained by Alec Laird, rates the main threat to Hit For Six with in-form jockey Gavin Lerena riding the filly for the fifth time.
Lerena partners the Dynasty gelding Protea Paradise in the fifth race and the three-year-old is on a retrieving mission after failing to justify favouritism in the recent Derby Trial.
After finding life too tough in the Gauteng Guineas and SA Classic, this 1,600m event is calmer waters for Approach Control and Candice Dawson’s colt has a shout in receipt of 3kg from Protea Paradise.
Alyaasaat, a stable companion of Protea Paradise, also ran in the Guineas and Classic but was not a factor in either race and needs to raise his game to notch his third win.
This season’s leading trainer, Sean Tarry, sends nine runners to the Free State track and can score an early double with In The Dance (second race) and Latin Opus in the first leg of the jackpot.
In The Dance, a daughter of Gimmethegreenlight bred at Lammerskraal Stud, is unbeaten in two outings and is sure to start at cramped odds to complete her hat-trick. However, Aussie-bred three-year-old Belton Road was an easy recent maiden winner and could mount a strong challenge to the favourite.
Latin Opus, a R350,000 buy as a yearling, will be sharper for his recent run in a Work Riders race and looks another possible winner for champion jockey Lyle Hewitson.
Both The Makwakkers and Var gelding Greatest Wish will have their supporters and both need including in exotic perms. The latter finished only a length behind Makwakkers when they clashed at Turffontein at the beginning of March .
Some well-bred juveniles will face the starter in the first race with the majority making their debuts. Gavin Lerena rides the Duke Of Marmalade filly, True To Life, and she is one to consider along with Sean Tarry’s, Upcloseandpersonal, and Paul Peter’s, Winter Haze.
1st Race: No Selection
2nd Race: (2) In The Dance (3) Belton Road (5) Deerupt (4) Bien Venue
3rd Race: (12) Hit For Six (13) Julep (6) Smart Deal (2) Knight Owl
4th Race: (11) Latin Opus (1) The Makwakkers (2) Greatest Wish (7) Verdi
5th Race: (2) Protea Paradise (4) Approach Control (5) Genesis (1) Alyaasaat
6th Race: (9) State Star (8) My Dream Chaser (4) Only To Win (3) Lady Val
7th Race: (2) Opera (5) Dalai's Promise (1) Dancing Queen (8) Elbi
8th Race: (3) Sporting Monarch (11) Rocky Path (7) Certifiable (6) Palace Assembly