POTALA PALACE RELATIVE MAKES WAVES AT OCTOBER SALE

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.