South African Champion Dynasty Retired to Highlands Stud

Dynasty, a South African Horse of the Year and widely regarded along with Horse Chestnut as the outstanding South African racehorse of the past 20 years, will stand at Antony Beck's Highlands Stud near Robertson in South Africa, according to the Racing Post.

Dynasty, like Horse Chestnut, a son of Fort Wood, was retired after failing to recover from a suspensory injury sustained in last season's Sun International Queen's Plate (SAf-I). Foaled in 1999, Dynasty will stand at Highlands in a deal struck by the farm and Dynasty's owner, Fieldspring Racing. Antony Beck is president of Gainesway Farm near Lexington.

Dynasty, who was produced from the Commodore Blake mare Blakes Affair, won nine of 12 races, including the Graham Beck Wines Cape Derby (SAf-I) and the Vodacom Durban July Handicap (SAf-I) and was 2003 South African Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.

"He was without doubt the best horse I have ever been associated with over 25 years in racing," said trainer Dean Kannemeyer. "I've never been one to overrate horses, and in my view he was one of the great horses of South African racing."