Potala Palace relatives makes waves at Tattersalls

The third top lot sold on the first day of Europe’s premier yearling sale, the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 hails from the same family as Highlands Stud’s young sire Potala Palace.


Catalogued as lot 168, the Kingman filly, a half-sister to the ten length Listed winning filly Abingdon, was knocked down to Moyglare Stud for 1 700 000 guineas.

The Corduff Stud consigned, on behalf of Ballymacoll filly who was produced by the unraced Galileo mare Justlookdontouch, a three-parts sister to Breeders’ Cup winning champion and four time G1 winner Islington and German G1 winner Greek Dance.

Her second dam is Darshaan’s G1 Yorkshire Oaks winning daughter Hellenic. The latter shares her ancestress Country House with Cape sire Potala Palace.

Fiona Craig, stud manager at Moyglare, said off the purchase, “We’ve paid more than we intended.  I’d planned on having one bid, but had to go again. We’re delighted; this is a long-term plan that will take us through to the next two or three decades. Eva Maria [Bucher Haefner, owner of Moyglare] is working, but she was on the phone throughout. She wants us to buy pedigrees, and this was a priceless chance – one of those opportunities that don’t come around again.”
The Kingman filly was not the only member of this remarkable family to make money on Tuesday with a Sea The Stars filly out of Islington making 550 000 guineas.

Bred on very similar lines to Islington and Greek Dance, Potala Palace was a top-class racehorse whose wins included the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes (over sire sensation Gimmethegreenlight) and G3 Joburg Spring Challenge.

The son of Singspiel’s first crop race this season.

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