Smart debut win for Potala relative

Always A Lady, a Dynasty close relative to Highlands Farm’s exciting young sire Potala Palace, made a sparkling debut when successful at the Vaal on Saturday.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

The Gavin Van Zyl trained three-year-old simply pulverized her 20 rivals to score a facile three and a half length win over 1400m and Always A Lady looks potentially very smart.

Bred by Highlands Farm, Always A Lady (whose Spectrum sired dam, G3 Premio Verziere runner up Allegoria is a half sister to Potala Palace) was a R650 000 purchase from the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Her second dam, G3 Prestige Stakes runner up Alignment (by Alzao –also damsire of outstanding Japanese sire Deep Impact) is also second dam of Dubai graded stakes winner Excellent Result (by Shamardal), and this is the immediate family of 2000 Guineas hero Golan and his G2 winning own brother Tartan Bearer –both of whom finished runner up in the G1 Epsom Derby.

This is also the family of multiple G1 winner and outstanding sire Reform, G1 Epsom Derby hero North Light and champion filly Islington.

Potala Palace, whose first crop sell as yearlings in 2017, was a top class racehorse, who won the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes at two, and the G3 Jo’burg Spring Challenge at five.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Interestingly enough, Potala Palace’s sire, the sadly deceased Singspiel, was also in the news at Chantilly on Sunday. Singspiel mares were responsible for two individual G1 winners on Arc day –with G1 Prix Marcel Boussac winner Wuheida (by Dubawi) being produced by Singspiel’s dual G1 winning daughter Hibaayeb, while the devastating G1 Prix de la Foret hero Limato (Tagula) having been produced by the Singspiel daughter Come April.

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