Deceased leading Equus Champion Sire Dynasty, sire of this season’s G1 Vodacom Durban July winner Belgarion, is enjoying increasing success as a sire of sires.

Currently his sons Act Of War, Futura and Legislate all rank among South Africa’s leading first-season sires, while Dynasty’s multiple G1-winning son Jackson has had an excellent season in 2019-2020.

Cape Guineas winner Act Of War’s handful of early, first crop runners include G1 Allan Robertson Championship placegetter War Of Athena and the stakes-placed Stella Act, while champions Futura and Legislate have also made very pleasing starts with their first two-year-olds in 2019-2020.

Image: Nourbese (FUTURA), G2 Golden Horseshoe winner – Candiese Lenferna Photography

Horse Of The Year Futura’s six early winners include the likes of G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner Nourbese, G2 Golden Slipper third-placed Jasmine as well as Vihaan’s Pi, while Legislate’s first winners include impressive debut winner and Listed Irridescence Stakes third-placed Veronica Mars as well as the likes of Speed Machine and Toto.

Fellow Dynasty son Jackson has had a superb season this year with his progeny having banked more than R7.687 million in earnings so far this season, with his flag bearers headed by G3 Poinsettia Stakes and G3 Vasco Da Gama Prix du Cap winner Pretty Young Thing, Winter Solstice Stormsvlei Stakes victress Eva Eileen, CTS Ready To Run Stakes winner Pure State and The CTS 1600 winner Count Jack.

Hemel ‘N Aarde Stud is home to another exciting son of four-time Equus Champion Sire Dynasty in the form of HORIZON.

The handsome bay (pictured above), and former R5.2 million yearling buy, certainly has plenty to recommend him as a stallion prospect of the future.

Rated among the best of his generation at three, when he won the G3 Cartier Politician Stakes and ran third in the G1 Daily News 2000 (beaten only by champion Edict Of Nantes and G1 SA Derby hero Al Sahem), Horizon is a half-brother to seven winners (and three black-type horses), including G2 KRA Fillies Guineas winner Santa Clara.

His dam Shina is a full-sister to Maine Chance Farms’ triple G1 winner Silvano – South Africa’s reigning Champion Sire and sire of nearly 100 stakes winners.

Silvano, who has been champion sire in South Africa four times, is already the sire of 25 individual G1 winners including red hot sire Vercingetorix and current standouts Hawwaam, Kilindini, and Summer Pudding.

Horizon has been extremely well supported since he retired to stud in 2019, and among the mares covered by him are:

  • Arabian Pearl (Al Mufti), the Drakenstein Stud-owned G1 Woolavington 2000 second-placed full-sister to Champion 3YO in the UAE Victory Moon, a multiple G2 winner, and G1 Dubai World Cup third place-getter. Arabian Peal is also a half-sister to Pagan Princess (Fort Wood), the dam of G1 Cape Guineas winner William Longsword and G1South African Sprint winner Real Princess
  • Sensible Lover (Good Journey), a winner of the G3 Three Troikas Stakes and also second in the G1 Empress Club Stakes, the multiple stakes performed mare is a daughter of the Al Mufti’s Champion Older Female Stayer Almah, a winner of eight races including G2 success in the J&B Reserve Stayers Hcp.
  • Rattled (Alami), the dam of G2 Umkhomazi Stakes winner Harry Lime (Var), the Rathmor Stud-owned mare is a half-sister to South African Champion Sprinter Will Pays, both out of the G3-winning, G1 placed Rattlebag.
  • Bangor Bay (Casey Tibbs), the dam of G1 SA Derby winner Samurai Warrior and also a half-sister to Captain Al’s G1 Paddock Stakes winner Emerald Cove
  • Intimateconnection (Lake Coniston), placed second in the Listed Irridescence Stakes and third on the G3 Fillies Nursery, Intimateconnection is a half-sister to the very promising young sire Captain of All, and is also the dam of the useful Soul Connection, a winner of his last two starts
  • Gorgeous Al (Captain Al), from the family of global sprinter Shea Shea, a triple G1 winner, this mare is the dam of last year’s exciting juvenile Yessiricanboogie, a close up fourth in the G1 Allan Robertson Championship
  • Millie’s Fan (Fantastic Dane), a half-sister to triple graded stakes winner Sweet Virginia, the dam of Horse Of The Year and dual G1 Durban July winner Do It Again
  • Tibouchina (Black Minnaloushe), a stakes-winning half-sister to Gauteng Guineas winner Tellina, a multiple G1 placed daughter of Silvano
Horizon will stand this season at Hemel ‘N Aarde Stud for the same fee as last year, R8 000, with a R2000 nomination and R6000 live foal.

Discounts for multiple bookings are available upon discussions.

Horizon images: Above and Header: Romi Bettison Photography