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.
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).