Cape bred stars in Singapore

Cape bred stars in Singapore

Alexandra Palace (15) ridden by Christophe Soumillon drives back in the Meydan parade ring after winning race 3.

The Varsfontein Stud bred Alexandra Palace made an impressive winning debut at Singapore on Sunday.

The son of Jet Master, now in the care of South African born trainer Pat Shaw, won the Top Spin 2008 Stakes, a 1600m contest at Kranji, in impressive style.

Despite having had to withstand a long and arduous quarantine, Alexandra Palace proved far too strong for his seven opponents and drew clear to register a cosy one length win under jockey Nooresh Juglall.
Alexandra Palace could now be aimed at some of Singapore’s bigger races, and is definitely a horse to keep an eye on in the next few months.

The 4yo gelding has now won in three different countries, having won the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes in South Africa, before going on to win in Dubai. He is yet another fine advertisement for the quality of thoroughbred being produced in the Western Cape, and hopefully, can go on to bigger and better things.

Alexandra Palace, who is owned by Tmen Stable, was a R2.5 million buy at the 2011 Cape Premier Yearling Sale where he was the sale’s jointed top priced lot.
The gelding is out of the Irish mare Alexandra Bi – also dam of Gr1 winner Alexandra Rose (Golden Slipper) and the classy Pavlovich. The latter ran second in the 2005 Gr2 SA Derby and third in the Gr1 SA Classic.

Alexandra Bi, a dual winning daughter of legendary broodmare sire Darshaan, is also the second dam of the talented Judpot gelding Forest Indigo, whose four wins included the Gr1 Golden Horseshoe.

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