Cetshwayo wins the Victoria Derby Trial at Flemington

Potala Palace Hails From An Outstanding Family

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.

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A gelded son of Dundeel, Cetshwayo stamped his classic claims when he won the Victoria Derby Trial at Flemington on Wednesday.

He will now be given his chance of starting in the $2 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on October 31.

After scoring by a head under Jamie Kah in Wednesday’s 1800m trial, Cetshwayo firmed from $101 to $26 with TAB for next month’s blue riband event.

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Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 Winning Sire, Potala Palace

Cetshwayo was having only his second race start on Wednesday after finishing fourth in a 1400m maiden at Geelong on September 6.

Trainer Danny O’Brien said after the win, “We’ve had him in work for four or five months. He’s a nicely bred stayer and we’d love to think he could hold together and be here on Derby day.”

Cetshwayo is out of the Foreplay mare Haraka, whose third dam Queen’s Castle is the fourth dam of G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Potala Palace (by Singspiel).

Other notable performers from this family include G1 winners Fastness, Gamut, Golan, North Light, Sought Out and Tannery as well as this season’s top-class two-year-old filly Dandalla.

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.

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.

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.