Highlands Farm’s two young sires Jackson and Potala Palace have both made a positive impression with their first foals.
Jackson, a son of recent Equus Award winning sire Dynasty, was extremely popular in his first season at stud last year, when he covered a full book of top quality mares.
Among the triple G1 winner’s first foals is this attractive filly out of Undine – a Western Winter half sister to the ill-fated G1 Classic winner Divine Jury as well as Hemel ‘N Aarde’s young sire Divine Jet.
The sales topper at the 2010 National 2YO Sale, Jackson was an outstanding racehorse, who earned more than R2.3 million in stakes. His six wins, which came from 1400-2000m, included three Grade One victories –the Investec Cape Derby (in which Jackson accounted for champion Variety Club), Daily News 2000 and Champions Cup.
Jackson, whose relatives include hugely influential US champion sire Smart Strike and the ill-fated local sires Sail From Seattle and Strike Smartly, was an exceptional performer who accounted for many of the top performers of his era. Variety Club aside, other top class performers and champions beaten by Jackson include Bravura, Martial Eagle, Master Plan, Pomodoro, Princess Victoria, Slumdogmillionaire and champion sprinter What A Winter.
From the powerful Sadler’s Wells male line, Jackson was an exceptional racehorse, with the looks and pedigree to match.
The magnificent Potala Palace is another from this tremendous male line, responsible for such outstanding sires as Fort Wood, Galileo, High Chaparral, Montjeu and US champions El Prado and Kitten’s Joy.
Potala Palace, himself a G1 winner at two, is the sire of this lovely filly out of Cape Silver. The latter is a Badger Land mare from the great Sun Lass family, and Cape Silver is already the dam of a very useful performer in the form of South Country.
His sire Singspiel, a half brother to leading sires Rakeen and Rahy, was an exceptional racehorse, who was North America’s Eclipse Champion Turf Male in 1996. Now deceased, Singspiel is the sire of more than 100 stakes winners including Dar Re Mi, Papineau, Moon Ballad, Confidential Lady, Lahudood, Eastern Anthem, and successful South African sire Lateral.
Singspiel is also the sire of current European sensation Solow, who has won his last eight in a row, and has reeled off four G1 wins on the bounce. One of the top rated thoroughbreds in the world for 2015, Solow’s G1 wins include the Dubai Turf, Prix d’Ispahan, Queen Anne Stakes and Sussex Stakes and, to date, he has amassed prize money of over £3.4 million pounds.
His paternal half brother, Potala Palace, was a top class performer himself, with his wins including the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes and G3 Joburg Spring Challenge. Among the G1 stars defeated by Potala Palace were Fighting Warrior, Gimmethegreenlight, Link Man, Love Struck, Master Plan and Wagner.
Like Jackson, Potala Palace is from an exceptional family with his relatives including such European classic winners as Golan and North Light, champion fillies Islington and Hellenic, and champion sire Reform.
Further back, this is the great Rough Shod II family responsible for such legendary sires as Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev and Fairy King.