Grade One winner retires to Highlands
The high-class Grade One winner, Potala Palace, has been retired from racing and will take up stud duties at Highlands Farm next season.
He is the second Highlands Farm bred Gr1 winner to retire to the farm next season, where Potala Palace will be joined by multiple Grade One winner Jackson.
Potala Palace is a magnificent looking horse, who was the second top lot at the 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, where he cost R3.6 million.
He proved a top-class racehorse, winning the Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes at two, and training on well to win the Gr3 Jo’burg Spring Challenge. The colt was also fourth, to Jackson and Variety Club, in the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby of 2012.
Among those top-class horses defeated by Potala Palace during his career were Gimmethegreenlight (Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate), Fighting Warrior (Gr1 Golden Horseshoe), Mushreq (Gr2 Al Fahdi Fort), Master Plan (Gr1 Champions Cup), Link Man (Gr1 Gold Medallion), Love Struck (Gr1 SA Classic) and Wagner (Gr1 Summer Cup).
Potala Palace has the pedigree to match his race record and superb physique.
His sire Singspiel (also sire of current leading first crop sire Lateral) was a world-class racehorse, whose victories included the Dubai World Cup, Coronation Cup and Japan Cup.
Singspiel was an equally successful sire, who produced over 70 stakes winners.
A half-brother to leading sires Rahy and Rakeen, Singspiel’s best offspring included the likes of Moon Ballad (Dubai World Cup), Confidential Lady (French Oaks), Papineau (Gold Cup), Lahudood (Eclipse Champion Turf Female), Eastern Anthem (Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic), Dar Re Mi (Yorkshire Oaks), and Gr1 Del Mar Oaks winner Singhalese.
Singspiel, whose half-brother Rakeen sired the great sire Jet Master, also did well in South Africa. His local representatives included Potala Palace, as well as other stakes horses in Candy Singer, Polzeath and Atlantic Oak.
Singspiel is a grandson of Sadler’s Wells, whose male line descendants include Galileo, Montjeu, Medaglia D’Oro, Kitten’s Joy as well as leading South African sires Fort Wood and Dynasty.
Potala Palace’s female line is equally illustrious. He is out of the stakes placed mare Alignment – a daughter of leading sire and broodmare sire Alzao.
He is also a direct descendant of Simons Shoes – the ancestress of sire legends Sadler’s Wells, Fairy King and Nureyev. Other outstanding performers from this family include 2000 Guineas winner Golan, Derby winner North Light, and Champion Stakes winner, and outstanding sire Reform.
A stud fee will be announced at a later date for Potala Palace.