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South Africa lost one of its greatest champions and best stallions of recent years when Ridgemont Highlands’ mighty sire Dynasty died on Monday.

The former Horse Of The Year sadly passed away after recently undergoing an operation for colic. He was 19 at the time of his passing.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift and trained by Dean Kannemeyer, Dynasty was South Africa’s Horse Of The Year and Equus Champion 3YO Classic Male of 2002. The handsome bay won nine of just 12 outings, with Dynasty reeling off four consecutive G1 wins when landing the Cape Derby, SA Guineas, Daily News 2000 and Durban July at three.

Victorious in the G2 Green Point Stakes at four (a race he also won as a sophomore), Dynasty retired to stud with the reputation as a truly exceptional racehorse.

Retired to Highlands in, Dynasty quickly went on to establish himself as one of South Africa’s best stallions –and he is without doubt one of the very best sires ever bred in this country. Four times South Africa’s Equus Outstanding Stallion, the July winning champion is currently responsible for over 60 stakes winners with Dynasty’s black type performers including 15 individual G1 winners.

Dynasty’s G1 winners were headed by three sons (Futura, Irish Flame and Legislate) who were named Horse Of The Year, and fellow Equus Champions Beach Beauty (Older Female –twice), Bela-Bela (3YO Filly), It’s My Turn (Stayer), Just Sensual (3YO Filly), and Lady In Black (2YO Filly).

His progeny have dominated the G1 Cape Derby in recent years with Dynasty sons Jackson, Legislate, It’s My Turn and Eyes Wide Open all having won the Kenilworth classic.

Dynasty’s legacy looks set to continue with his growing number of sons standing at stud including Act Of War, Futura (whose first yearlings have made up to R1 200 000), Legislate, Jackson, Horizon and Irish Flame.