Potala Palace / (Photo – Ridgemont Highlands)

A Rising Star of the South African Turf

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

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Katak made it five wins from five starts when he romped home to a deceptively easy, two and a quarter length win in Sunday’s Grade 3 99c Pocket Power Stakes (2400m) at Kenilworth racecourse.

Ridden by Bernard Fayd’Herbe for a first time, Katak strode clear in the closing stages to win as he liked, confirming himself as one of the rising stars of the South African turf.

In the process, the Piet Steyn-trained Katak joined the likes of African Night Sky and Pocket Power as winners of the Cape Winter Series, with the colt having won the Grade 3 Variety Club Mile and Grade 3 Legal Eagle Stakes at his last two starts.

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Katak (Potala Palace) wins the Grade 3 Pocket Power Stakes / (Photo – Chase Liebenberg)

Out of the Windrush mare Sapphire Silk, Katak took his earnings to R309,375 with Sunday’s win, and he looks destined for bigger and better things.

The colt is one of three graded stakes winners to have emerged from Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Potala Palace’s small second crop (which numbers just 28 registered foals), with Katak joining the likes of Palace Of Dreams (Grade 3 Pretty Polly Stakes) and Singforafa (Grade 3 Strelitzia Stakes).

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.

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.