RIDGEMONT Highlands’ G1 winning sire Potala Palace has made a very impressive start to his stud career, and the son of Singspiel came up with his second graded stakes winning 2yo this season when his daughter Singforafa won the G3 The Independent On Saturday Personal Finance Strelitzia Stakes at Greyville on Friday night.
Trained by Tobie Spies (who also trained the runner up Me Time), the 2yo Singforafa went out to make much of the running and stayed on gamely to post a one and a quarter length under jockey Craig Zackey.
Singforafa joins G3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Palace Of Dreams as a second juvenile graded winner this season to represent Potala Palace.
The latter, whose G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas winning half-sister Front And Centre ran second in Friday night’s G2 KRA Fillies Guineas, had just 28 runners in his first crop (current 3yos) but they include G3 BMW Politician Stakes runner up Senatla, feature race winner Dalai’s Promise, R820 000 plus earner Palace Chapel and G3 Man O’War Sprint runner up Russian Prince.
From the same female line as outstanding sires Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev, Reform and Fairy King, Potala Palace also made a splash at the recent Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, where his only yearling on offer made R475 000.
Tobie Spies told Turf Talk that Singforafa and Me Time will join Paul Matchett’s unbeaten star Basadi Faith in an attempt to lift the prestigious Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship on 25 May. He said: “We have a chance on exposed form, after this feature win we’ll have to take Basadi Faith on, we don’t have a choice.
“Our concern is that Singforafa may be an out-and-out 1000m filly. We tried her over 1160m in a Juvenile Plate in April and while she did race on her own on the muddy side of the track and faded out late, she may not run through over 1200m, even on firm going. She went well clear in this Greyille race and won well but 1100m at Greyville is different to the 1200m at Scottsville.
“Me Time, on the other hand, won’t have a problem over 1200m. They played ‘bouncing ball’ with her in the first 200m of the Strelitzia, but she regained her composure and ran on well, she’s a nice filly.”
Singforafa is owned by Spies’ grandson Xander, his first horse and already a two-time winner from four starts. – extracts from Cape Breeders’ report.