Hall of Fame


1999, bay colt, Fort Wood – Blakes Affair (Commodore Blake)

John Newsome’s request to his bloodstock adviser, John Freeman, was to buy him a yearling who would win the Met and then go on to be a stallion.

To fulfill the brief, Freeman selected Dynasty, a magnificent looking bay colt who was one of the top-priced yearlings of his year (with the benefit of hindsight, the R475 000 price tag is looking very cheap now). Dynasty never contested the J&B Met, but he was the champion of his generation, with four Grade I wins at three, culminating in the Vodacom Durban July.

His other Grade I wins were the Cape Derby (by 3.5 lengths), the SA Guineas (by 2.75 lengths) and the Daily News (by 2.25 lengths). Each of these was by a more than comfortable margin, which makes the achievement that much greater.

He was second twice, once beaten by inexperience and then undone by the slow pace at which the Cape Guineas was run. He suffered an injury when finishing third in the Queen’s Plate. In 12 lifetime starts, these were the only occasions when he did not win.

His racing career was sadly shortened by injury; history will judge him on his three-year-old career only. 

It says much for the commitment of John Newsome that he refused hugely tempting offers to sell the colt to race internationally. Instead, he was preserved for stud duty in South Africa, where he has already had a massive influence, by siring Futura, Legislate, Beach Beauty, Irish Flame and Act of War. 

Apart from the fact that Dynasty missed the J&B Met because of injury, this has been a case of massive over-delivery. He was a champion racehorse, as well as being a champion sire. 

And, in 2015 Futura made up for the missing J&B Met victory.