Talented filly Abingdon, who won the Listed totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes by ten lengths on Sunday, is from the same family as Highlands Stud part of Ridgemont’s G1 winning young sire Potala Palace.
Both Abingdon and Potala Palace are descended from the great taproot mare Country House, whose other notable descendants include such English classic winners as Golan and North Light, Breeders’ Cup winner Islington, and outstanding sire Reform. This is also the family of the great sires Fairy King, Nureyev and Sadler’s Wells.
Abingdon (by Street Cry out of a daughter of G1 Yorkshire Oaks winner Hellenic) made it win number four, from seven outings, when bolting up to land Sunday’s Listed race by the steeplechase margin of ten lengths.
It was a third Listed win for the four-year-old, whose jockey Ryan Moore said after the win, “She’s a very smart filly. She won two Listed races last year and I think bad ground at Doncaster maybe got the better of her. She’s a big girl and she probably struggled to pull herself out of bad ground. This probably wasn’t the strongest of races, but when you win by 10 lengths, it’s a very good performance. I’m sure they’ll get her back and see how she is and make a plan. There’s a good programme for fillies, so I’d say she’ll probably stick to that. Hopefully she’ll get a Group-race win before too long.”
Potala Palace, a son of world champion Singspiel, was a top-class athlete whose wins included both the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes and G3 Jo’burg Spring Challenge. His first crop are now yearlings and Potala Palace will be represented by five yearlings at this week’s KZN Yearling Sale, including a half-brother to this season’s G3 Strelitzia Stakes winner Neptune’s Rain (Lot 138), a filly out of a Fort Wood half-sister to G3 winner Olympic Gold (Lot 180), and a colt from the same family as G1 winners Bilateral, State Treasure and champion Tara’s Touch (Lot 255).