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

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.

Consigned by Kirtlington Stud, on behalf of famed celebrity chef Bobby Flay, the Frankel colt (Lot 398) was sold to Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin for 625 000 guineas, making him one of 15 yearlings purchased to race in the famed royal blue silks.

Flay had bought his dam Auld Alliance, a half-sister to 2000 Guineas and King George winner Golan and Derby runner-up Tartan Bearer, from Ballymacoll Stud back in 2013 and she raced in his colours the following season when trained by Graham Motion. The colt’s 3-year-old full-brother Modus Operandi won for the Coolmore in May at Navan, while the 2-year-old, also by Frankel and named Old School, is trained for Flay by Todd Pletcher.

Kirtlington’s Chris Budgett said of the colt, “”I’ve been fortunate enough to look after quite a lot of good horses over my life but there are some that are just that little bit extra special and I would put him in that category.”

Auld Alliance’ granddam is the top-class producer Scots Lass (by Shirley Heights), also the granddam of both Potala Palace and his now Ridgemont Highlands based G1 winning Dynasty half-sister Front And Centre.

Other notable performers from this female line include G1 Investec Derby winner North Light and his G1 winning dam Sought Out, and fellow G1 winners Gamut and Tannery.

Winner of both the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes and G3 Joburg Spring Challenge, Singspiel’s son Potala Palace has made his mark as the sire of G1 South African Fillies Sprint winner Singforafa as well as the talented, Singapore based galloper Katak.

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.

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.

Canford Cliffs Colts For Grade One Winners

Ridgemont Highlands are delighted to announce that the top-class racemares Front And Centre and Takingthepeace have both, on Thursday night, foaled colts by the farm’s resident stallion, and five time G1 winner, Canford Cliffs.