Ridgemont Highlands’ well performed and promising young stallion Potala Palace enjoyed a notable double over the past weekend.
Winner of the 2011 G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes, Potala Palace had just a single runner at Greyville on Friday night but that runner duly won to give Potala Palace a 100% strike rate on the day.
His Greyville success came via his first crop 3yo daughter Palace Rose who romped home to shed her maiden by 1.75 lengths over 1200m on the polytrack for trainer Kum Naidoo and jockey Warren Kennedy. Bred by Highlands, Palace Rose is one of 11 first crop winners for Potala Palace thus far.
Potala Palace looks to have a potentially very smart son to his name in the form of the Brett Crawford trained colt Senatla. The latter, who had broken his maiden by five lengths at his previous start, made all to win his second race in a row, when scoring a convincing three-parts of a length win over 1600m under rider Corne Orffer.
Bred by Highlands, Senatla looks a colt destined for bigger and better things, and the 3yo has now won or placed in each of his four starts.
Other promising sorts produced in Potala Palace’s small first crop (he has had just over 20 runners thus far) include feature race winner Dalai’s Promise, the stakes placed Watsonia and the exciting Palace Chapel –a winner of two of his only three starts.
The well bred Potala Palace’s relatives continue to fare well, and his unbeaten half-sister Front And Centre has been installed as the 17-10 favourite for the upcoming G1 Cape Fillies Guineas.
From the same female line as Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev, Fairy King and Northern Meteor, Potala Palace looks a young sire to follow!