G G’s Dynasty Lands Michael Roberts Handicap
Trainer Brett Crawford enjoyed feature race success at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday when his charge G G’s Dynasty (49-20) won the Listed Michael Roberts Handicap (1750m) in fine style.
A winner of two of his last three starts, G G’s Dynasty was dispatched favourite for Sunday’s R150 000 contest, with support also coming for luckless Christmas Handicap runner up Born To Perform (53-20).
However, for the second time in a row, the latter had to settle for a placing in a Listed race, as the Crawford trained runner had just too many guns for Born To Perform.
Under Anton Marcus, G G’s Dynasty was always travelling nicely, and he hit the front close home to win going away by half a length to hold off a late charge from last season’s G3 Byerley Turk winner Tristful (13-1). The latter was by no means disgraced in second, with that Tony Rivalland trained runner conceding 4kgs to the progressive looking winner.
Born To Perform stayed on for third, and finished a neck in front of the fourth place finisher, and Listed Michaelmas Handicap hero, Blackball.
Winning jockey Marcus had a cracking day on Sunday, with the former South African champion winning three of the eight races carded.
Bred by the Normandy Stud, four-year-old G G’s Dynasty claimed his sixth career win, from just 14 outings, in a time of 106.23.
A R300 000 buy from the 2017 CTS Ready To Run Sale, G G’s Dynasty is the 68th stakes winner for deceased Horse Of The Year, and former top Ridgemont Highlands sire, Dynasty.
Sunday’s Michael Roberts Handicap winner was produced by the twice winning Right Approach mare Genteel Approach, a half-sister to G2 Green Point Stakes winner Fabiani and durable Dubai campaigner Star Empire.
Further back, this is the family of G1 Coolmore Classic winner Plucky Belle.
Images: Candiese Lenferna