G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes Winner Potala Palace (Singspiel – Alignment)

 

“This is a special horse, he was bought inexpensively by Andrew and his mother and he’s a star. That was an incredible performance on his second start. To look at, he’s big and immature.”

Jockey Oisin Murphy

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.

An impressive winner of his only previous outing, the Andrew Balding trained Berkshire Shadow (by Dark Angel) provided champion jockey Oisin Murphy with his first Royal Ascot success of the week when thundering home to win Tuesday’s race.

A furlong out it seemed as though eventual third Vintage Clarets (16/1) was about to strike for another Sporting Life columnist Richard Fahey but the winner was beginning his winning run by the stands’ rail.

 

He was soon in front and hit the line hard to win by a length-and-a-quarter from the running-on Eldrickjones (66/1).

Murphy said: “This is a special horse, he was bought inexpensively by Andrew and his mother and he’s a star. That was an incredible performance on his second start. To look at, he’s big and immature.”

Other notable Coventry Stakes winners include Ridgemont’s resident sire, and five time G1 winner Canford Cliffs, who won the 2009 Coventry Stakes in brilliant fashion!

Berkshire Shadow is out of the Oasis Dream mare Angel Vision, a daughter of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winning champion Islington.

The latter, a full-sister to G1 winner Greek Dance, is out of the Darshaan sired G1 Yorkshire Oaks winner Hellenic, whose fourth dam Country House also ranks as the fifth dam of Potala Palace.

The latter made headlines recently when his classy daughter Singforafa captured the G1 South African Fillies Sprint at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.

Canford Cliffs – A True Champion In Every Sense of The Word

Ridgemont Highlands’ five-time G1-winning stallion Canford Cliffs was truly an exceptional racehorse, the facts simply tell the story. A brilliant group winner at Royal Ascot three years running, the Hannon trained star is officially rated one of the best milers to grace the turf this century.

Snitzel Siblings Impress At Kenilworth For Ridgemont Highlands

Trainer Brett Crawford, Ridgemont Highlands and jockey Anton Marcus teamed up to win with the Snitzel siblings Stiptelik and Real Gone Kid at Kenilworth on Wednesday, with both horses winning impressively, and both appear on track for a big season this year.

Two Wins From Three Starts For Rafeef 3YO

Ridgemont Highlands’ exciting young stallion Rafeef looks to have an exciting prospect to his name in the form of Aragosta.

Potala Palace Relative Makes Waves At October Sale

A close relative of Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 winning and G1 producing sire Potala Palace proved popular on the third and final day of the 2021 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Book 1, on Thursday.

Rafeef Filly Looks Smart In Maiden Win

Ridgemont Highlands’ promising young stallion Rafeef looks to have another potentially smart sort in the form of Manaajim.

G1 Success For Canford Cliffs Relative

Ridgemont Highlands’ five time G1 winning stallion Canford Cliffs, whose first South African crop race this season, gained a handsome update to his pedigree when relative A Case Of You scored a thrilling win in Sunday’s G1 Prix de’l Abbaye Longines at Paris Longchamps.

Super Saturday For Ridgemont Highlands

Saturday proved another great day for leading Robertson nursery, Ridgemont Highlands. Not only was the farm responsible for breeding Saturday’s Listed Settlers Trophy winner One Way Traffic but their red hot young sire Rafeef provided an eye catching winner in Turffontein, while the Ridgemont bred pair of Whoa Whoa Whoa and Arctic Drift both won their respective races.

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.

Champion To Champion

Ridgemont Highlands’ top-class sprinter Run Fox Run was covered recently by one of the world’s elite stallions. The daughter of Foxwedge paid a visit to Juddmonte Farms’ unbeaten superstar, and outstanding stallion, Frankel, for a mating to Southern Hemisphere time on Wednesday.

Going Up Wows On Debut

Ridgemont Highlands look to have an exciting prospect in the form of Going Up. The latter, a homebred daughter of Gimmethegreenlight, made a big impression when making an eye catching, winning debut at Kenilworth on Saturday afternoon.