Brilliant four-year-old Front And Centre, a Dynasty half-sister to Ridgemont Highlands’ promising stallion Potala Palace, showed her class when running out a convincing winner of the G3 Diana Stakes at Durbanville on Saturday.


Trained by Brett Crawford, and ridden to victory by Greg Cheyne, the Ridgemont Highlands bred and owned Front And Centre tracked the front running Helen’s Ideal in Saturday’s G3 contest, and when asked the question, the filly bounded clear to post a deceptively easy half length win – despite having been off the track since July.

Now a winner of five of only nine starts, Front And Centre had won last season’s G1 World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas impressively (when accounting for subsequent G1 winners Silvano’s Pride and Clouds Unfold), and her latest victory took the filly’s earnings to over R1.3 million.

She is the second G1 winner produced by the Alzao sired G3 Prestige Stakes runner up Alignment, whose G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winning son Potala Palace ranks among the Cape’s more promising stallions.

A son of Singspiel, Potala Palace has made a great start to his stud career, from relatively small numbers, with his first crop including feature race winner Dalai’s Promise, G1 sprinter Palace Chapel, G3 BMW Politician Stakes runner up Senatla, and Potala Palace’s second crop, now three, includes the graded stakes winners Singforafa (G3 Strelitzia Stakes) and Palace Of Dreams (G3 Pretty Polly Stakes).

From the same female line as Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev and Blame, Potala Palace has three lots on offer at the 2019 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, and two juveniles on the 2019 CTS Ready To Run Sale.


– Cape Breeders Club

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