Belgarion wins the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July / (Photo – Candiese Lenferna)
Dynasty’s Belgarion Takes Vodacom Durban July Glory
The late, great Dynasty proved the stallion star of the last weekend, with the former Durban July winning champion responsible for no fewer than four stakes winners this weekend and his son Belgarion emulating his sire by landing the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July.
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Dynasty, who already has four Equus Outstanding Stallion titles to his credit, dominated the feature race action on Vodacom Durban July day, with his sons Belgarion and Sovereign Spirit landing the G1 Vodacom Durban July and G3 Campanajo 2200 respectively and his G3 eLan Gold Cup winning daughter Dynasty’s Blossom victorious in the G3 DStv Gold Vase.
Remarkably, Dynasty enjoyed more success the following day when his Ridgemont Highlands owned daughter Sing Out Loud captured the Listed Bass Racing River Jetez Stakes (beating Dynasty’s granddaughter Flame Tree into second place). Dynasty went close to enjoying more feature race success on Sunday when his daughter Fortune Flies finished a close second in the G3 Andries Steyn Racing Final Fling Stakes.
The Alec and Gillian Foster owned Belgarion stamped his own Equus Award claims when he powered home to land the 2020 Vodacom Durban July for trainer Justin Snaith and jockey Richard Fourie. Now a winner of seven of his nine starts, Belgarion has won his last five starts in a row, with his previous triumphs headed by wins in both the G2 World Sports Betting 1900, G2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap and Listed Settlers Trophy.
Dynasty / (Photo – Freeman Stallions)
The four-year-old, one of three runners in this year’s Vodacom Durban July for Dynasty, is one of 16 G1 winners for Dynasty, with Dynasty having left behind at least one G1 winner in nine of his first ten crops. Belgarion is the second son of Dynasty to win the Durban July, with the now Cheveley Stud based Legislate (whose first crop daughter Veronica Mars ran third in Sunday’s Listed Prince Florimund Irridescence Stakes) named the winner in the 2014 Vodacom Durban July.
The Lammerskraal Stud bred and owned Sovereign Spirit became Dynasty’s 71st stakes winner when he overcame a slow pace to land Saturday’s G3 Campanajo 2200, while the Ridgemont Highlands/Georgina Jaffee bred Dynasty’s Blossom, who races for Mrs John Magnier, Jagessar Limited and Maine Chance Farms, took her earnings to over R1.2 million with her Gold Vase win.
Dynasty’s success was underlined by the success his champion son Futura enjoyed at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, with Futura’s son Nourbese landing the G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe and his daughter Jasmine finishing third in Saturday’s G2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper.
Considering that he himself was unraced at two, Futura can be said to have made the perfect start to his stud career, and the Drakenstein Stud based four time G1 winner is clearly one of the rising stars of the South African stallion band.