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Cape Winter Series winner Katak (Potala Palace) / Photo – Chase Liebenberg

Bon Voyage, Katak!

Big financial decision and a long road…

Sporting Post

Cape Winter Series star Katak has joined Listed Umngeni Handicap winner Celtic Voyager in quarantine en route to an exciting new racing career in Singapore.

Unbeaten in his only five starts last season from 1200m to 2400m, Katak joined Pocket Power and African Night Sky as the only winners of the testing Cape Winter Series Triple Crown and the son of Ridgemont Highlands’ Singspiel sire Potala Palace now has the world at his feet.

Leading owner Marsh Shirtliff told the Sporting Post on Thursday that the opportunity had arisen via Justin Vermaak for Katak to enter quarantine in Johannesburg, where he has 20 days to kick his heels.

Katak is travelling with Justin’s Celtic Voyager and, while it’s a big financial decision to make, Bryn Ressell and myself felt we had to give him the chance to go and make a name for himself in Singapore. His record proves it and every jockey that has ever ridden him confirms that he is a special horse.”

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Potala Palace by Singspiel / Photo: Ridgemont Highlands

Marsh said that the stakes situation locally had naturally contributed to the decision.

“We are fortunate to have a good horse and we have to take our chances. The scope for earnings in Singapore puts even a prestigious race like the Met into perspective. Its’s a long road yet. He spends three months in Mauritius and will then stay 28 days in the UK. But all told, we should have him ready by February 2021 to take in the whole Singapore season. He is already a 4yo, but he has low mileage on the clock and it’s all quite exciting,” added the man who has had his fair share of champions over the years.

The Ridgemont Highlands bred Katak, a second crop son of Ridgemont Highlands Singspiel Gr1 winner Potala Palace, is out of the Windrush three time winner, Sapphire Silk. He is still a colt, so who knows what the future holds!

Katak’s travelling partner is the progressive former Glen Kotzen stakes winner, Celtic Voyager. The five time winner was bred by Maine Chance Farms, and is a son of their Silvano sire Vercingetorix, out of the three-time winning Black Minnaloushe mare, Cat’s Paw.

Potala Palace Relative Lands Coventry Stakes

Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 winning stallion Potala Palace gained a notable update to his pedigree, when his relative Berkshire Shadow captured the G2 Coventry Stakes (1200m) on the first day of the 2021 Royal Ascot meeting.

First G1 Success For Potala Palace As Singforafa Wins South African Fillies Sprint

Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 winning stallion Potala Palace has made a tremendous start to his stud career, and the son of Singspiel came up with his first G1 winner when his speedy daughter Singforafa won the G1 South African Fillies Sprint.

Victoria Derby Hopes for Potala Palace Relative Cetshwayo

Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 winning sire Potala Palace, whose unbeaten son Katak is set to continue his career in Singapore, hails from an outstanding family, and this family could be headed for more glory if promising three-year-old Cetshwayo has anything to do with it.

Katak is the Triple Crown King Of Winter!

Katak by Potala Palace, remained unbeaten from five starts winning the Grade 3 Pocket Power Stakes and the Cape Winter Series Triple Crown.

Potala Palace Son Makes It Five From Five

Ridgemont Highlands’ Grade 1 winning stallion Potala Palace looks to have a real start on his hands in the form of Katak.

Pocket Power, African Night Sky… and Katak

Katak became only the third horse to win all three legs of the Cape Winter series, the other two being Pocket Power and African Night Sky.

Katak Dominates The Pocket Power

Katak joined African Night Sky and Pocket Power as winner of the Cape Winter Series romping home to win in the Grade 3 99c Pocket Power Stakes.

Katak Crowned Cape Winter Series Triple Crown King

The Ridgemont Highlands-bred son of Potala Palace was crowned Cape Winter Series Triple Crown King when winning the Gr3 Pocket Power Stakes for trainer Piet Steyn.

Potala Palace Colt Bids For Winter Triple Crown

Piet Steyn’s exciting Potala Palace colt Katak bids for the R200,000 Cape Winter Series bonus in Sunday’s Gr3 Pocket Power Stakes (Winter Derby) at Kenilworth.

Katak, A Freak Of Nature

Katak, by Potala Palace, increased his tally to four wins from four starts winning the Gr3 Abe Bloomberg Legal Eagle Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth.