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Ridgemont Highlands-bred Katak by Potala Palace / (Photo – Chase Liebenberg / Wayne Marks)

Katak bidding for R200,000 Cape Winter Series Bonus

Piet Steyn’s exciting Potala Palace colt Katak will bid for the R200 000 Cape Winter Series bonus when he takes on seven rivals at Kenilworth in Sunday’s R200 000 Gr3 Pocket Power Stakes, previously known as the Winter Derby.

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Only the champion Pocket Power, who also raced in the same Marsh Shirtliff pink, white and blue flag carried by Katak, and the Fred Crabbia-owned galloper African Night Sky have won the Cape Winter Triple Crown.

The tough series runs from the 1600m of the Winter Guineas, through the 1800m of the Winter Classic to the 2400m of Sunday’s Winter Derby, and has been the launching pad of a host of decent horses, including subsequent Horse Of The Year Winter Solstice.

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Katak, a second crop son of Ridgemont-Highlands Singspiel Gr1 winner Potala Palace / (Photo – Chase Liebenberg)

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 and is unbeaten in four starts from 1200m to 1800m. He now steps up 600m on Sunday and his presence brightens the local card. He will be ridden by Bernard Fayd’herbe for the first time.

Fayd’herbe, who didn’t ride Katak in the first two legs, is set for a unique ‘treble’ as he was the man who partnered both Pocket Power and African Night Sky to glory in the series. He was also the test pilot who galloped Katak when owner leading owner Marsh Shirtliff was contemplating whether to spend R10,000 on buying a half share in the then unraced baby.

Potala Palace Relative Stars On Day One

A colt, from the immediate family of Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 winning and G1 producing sire Potala Palace, proved one of the star attractions at the first session of the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale on Monday.

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 En Route to Exciting Racing Career in Singapore

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.

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.