Dynastic lands $1 million winning blow for Almanzor

Dynastic lands $1 million winning blow for Almanzor22 Jan 2022

With impeccable timing, Dynastic starred on the biggest two-year-old stage at Ellerslie to give our popular shuttle stallion Almanzor his first Southern Hemisphere winner.

The Jamie Richards-trained Dynastic went one better on a debut second to land New Zealand’s richest juvenile event with an emphatic victory in the Listed Karaka Million 2YO and claim the thick end of the $1 million purse.

The colt is one of only five Southern Hemisphere representative to race for Almanzor, who has received an outstanding welcome from breeders and buyers since commencing his shuttle run to Cambridge Stud with top-quality books and his yearlings selling for up to A$800,000.

The son of Wootton Bassett has sired 10 individual winners and two stakes performers in the Northern Hemisphere and he is now on the board Down Under and all but guaranteed domestic first-season sire honours.

Dynastic, who finished second at his first appearance on Boxing Day, settled three back on the fence before Opie Bosson was able to angle off the rail before the turn.

They challenged 150 metres off the post and sauntered to the post to score by 2.3l and credit Te Akau with its sixth consecutive winner in the race.

“They were going along a bit so it was always going to suit something coming from off the speed. It was a bit like how Probabeel won in her year,” Richards said.

“What an amazing thrill to get six wins a row and to get the first winner for Almanzor and Brendan and Jo and everyone at Cambridge Stud, it’s an unbelievable feeling.”

Richards, who heads to Hong Kong later this year to continue his training career, is unsure what the immediate future holds for Dynastic.

“We’ll get him home and take our time. We could go to the Gr.3 Matamata Slipper and into the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes, but I don’t know yet whether he needs to do that,” he said.

“There are plenty of options for a colt like him, what he is doing now is a bonus to what he can do as a three-year-old.”

As Te Akau’s retained rider, Bosson had the choice of four mounts in the Karaka Million and typically pulled the right rein.

“When the big boy got balanced up, he was too strong. I rode him when he won a trial at Rotorua and when he was second (on debut) and had a gut feeling he was the horse to be on,” he said.

Dynastic was bred by Windsor Park Stud and John and Margaret Thompson and purchased by Te Akau chief David Ellis out of Windsor Park Stud’s draft at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale for $360,000.

He is a son of the Volksraad mare Meir, a half-sister to the stakes winner Lady Le Fay and the family of the international Group 1 winners Eagle Mountain and Dank.