Ridgemont Highlands’ exciting resident sire Potala Palace has made a big impression with his early crops thus far, and the G1 winning half-brother to last season’s G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Front And Centre looks to have another smart sort to his name in the form of African Chime.
The latter made it two wins from as many starts when the Ridgemont Highlands bred three-year-old scored a three-parts of a length win over 1100m at Fairview on Friday afternoon.
African Chime, one of four winners on Friday for trainer Alan Greeff, had previously won her early only start when the well bred filly made a winning debut at Fairview over 1200m back in June.
The unbeaten filly was produced by the Badger Land mare Savannah Breeze.
Her G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winning sire Potala Palace made an instant impression with his first two small crops having already unleashed a plethora of highly promising runners.
The son of Singspiel’s first crop included feature race winner Dalai’s Promise, G3 BMW Politician Stakes runner up Senatla, and recently exported G1 Mercury Sprint third Palace Chapel (who has earned nearly R1 000 000 in stakes), while Potala Palace’s second crop is headed by the graded stakes winners Singforafa (G3 Strelitzia Stakes) and Palace Of Dreams (G3 Pretty Polly Stakes) as well as G1 Thekwini Stakes third Snow Palace.
From the same female line as Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev, Potala Palace has a single lot on this week’s Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale –a filly (Lot 83) whose dam is a half-sister to high-class Mauritian stakes winner Tabascorez.