The Ashley Fortune Racing machine continues to produce the winners with some astutely acquired second-hand purchases and the Potala Palace filly Dalai’s Promise looks set to provide plenty of fun for her owner Jumat Cola after she beat the boys to win the R135 000 Sophomore 1000 at Turffontein on Saturday.
Unbeaten in two Gauteng starts for the Ash Fortune yard, Dalai’s Promise showed resolve and courage under a determined Ryan Munger to hold off the attentions of the flying Tudor Manor by a quarter length in a time of 57,18 secs.
The daughter of Potala Palace’s medium term target is the R5 million CTS 1200 on Sun Met day.
Bred by Highlands, the winner is by Potala Palace (Singspiel) out of the four-time winner Competitor – a daughter of Tara’s Halls who won up to 2400m.
Originally purchased for R400 000 by Mayfair Speculators off the 2017 CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, the Highlands bred Dalai’s Promise has won 2 from 4 starts for stakes of R147 900.
She was purchased by current owner Jumat Cola for R90 000 off the Central Route Trading Horses-In-Training Sale at Kenilworth in March 2018.
She had two runs for Brett Crawford. After a seven length fourth behind the classy Clouds Unfold on debut, she ran 6 lengths behind Lesedi La Rona in the Perfect Promise Sprint.
“She is a perfectly uncomplicated filly and she is loaded with class. She really has the perfect disposition for a racehorse. Ryan (Munger) rode a great race and he loves her too. We are excited about her and I’d like to believe she has a Graded victory in her. For now we are planning the qualification route to the R5 million CTS 1200 on Sun Met Day in January 2019,”said Ashley Fortune.