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Potala Palace Strikes Gold

Romeo Francis pulls off shock giantkilling act

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Potala Palace in action

The Turffontein Derby Day feature programme got off to a rough start for the big guns when the Potala Palace R15 000 purchase Palace Of Dreams lived up to her name when dashing through late to win the R200 000 Gr3 Pretty Polly Stakes.

A first stakes winner for Ridgemont Highlands based Gr1 winner Potala Palace, Palace Of Dreams turned on the jets at the 200m as the leading group of the more fancied Fly Away and Gin Fizz started buckling under their exertions.

Francis Semela

Romeo Francis

With a contemptuous glance to each side, Ryan Munger registered a personal 100th winner of the season and swept clear in style to beat the Ruffian Stakes runner-up and favourite Gin Fizz by a half length in a time of 64,84 secs, with Emerald Tiara staying on quietly for third,

Bred by Highlands, Palace Of Dreams is by Potala Palace (Singspiel) out of the Spectrum maiden Cheery Berry Bim.

She is the first stakes winner for her Gr1 winning sire Potala Palace, a son of world champion racehorse and top sire Singspiel. The latter is responsible for numerous high class performers, including champion Solow, Breeders’ Cup winner Lahudood and French Oaks winner Confidential Lady.

Potala Palace, who is from the same family as the likes of Fairy King, Nureyev, Reform and Sadler’s Wells, earned over R600 000 on the track and won both the Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes and Gr3 Joburg Spring Challenge Stakes when trained by Mike Azzie.

She cost just R15 000 at the BSA National 2yo Sale and made it an eyecatching first win and 2 places from 3 starts for stakes of R170 000.

Trainer Romeo Francis also owns the talented speedster and can take a bow for achieving a Gr3 win out of his small string.


Gr3 Pretty Polly Stakes (SAf-Gr3)

Turffontein, South Africa, March 30, R200k, 1100m, turf, good, 1.04.84

1 – PALACE OF DREAMS (SAF), 57.0, b f 2, Potala Palace (SAF) – Cheery Berry Bim (SAF) by Spectrum (IRE). Owner Mr R Francis; Breeder Highlands; trainer R Francis; jockey R Munger
2 – Gin Fizz (SAF), 60.0, b f 2, Soft Falling Rain (SAF) – Espumanti (GB) by Dansili (GB)
3 – Emerald Tiara (SAF), 60.0, b f 2, Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) – Jewel In Her Crown (SAF) by Jallad (USA)
Margins: 0.50, 0.25, 3.80

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6 comments on “Potala Palace Strikes Gold

  1. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    Boom !! and the lottery results and carry overs just keep coming…….fields have to go in, you cannot get clever, just lucky. Horses winning on a regular basis with no form whatsoever…..lottery. What more can happen in the wonderful world of SA racing….Punters are being massacred. Interesting remark from Deez concerning the manipulation of the tote fave….mmmm but thats ok all above board, no tote manipulation of favourites then. Boom ! Its raining bombs. Don’t worry Punters, a big front page number carryover next week….thats if you have any money left because it aint being shared.

  2. Percy Kunene says:

    It proves how much biased the echelons of tipsters have become in this game. It bags a question that Are these tipsters including Telkytrack bend on givibng too much coverage to Bigboys stables and horses that keep on draining punters over small stables. Even a blind man could see fair good form of Palace of Dreams but no mention of it..The very same Gin Fizz killed thousands of tickets in the same venue as an on-on favairite.., but where was she…no where…

  3. Rian says:

    Well done Mr Francis , fantastic training and hope you make Millions from her

  4. Mashie says:

    If you are that clever then why listen to the tipsters. You should have worked this out long ago but clearly you are one of those who likes to chirp after the fact.

  5. Michael Jacobs says:

    In racing all the money goes into a pool, the operator takes 25% cut, then it’s a free for all. Everybody is then trying to win everybody else’s money. If everybody won every race/ exotic, then there would be no payouts. Tipsters, bookmakers and connections are there to put the ordinary punter off, and to create uncertainty. So when a horse is the favourite the trainer and jockey will talk it down. When a horse’s form is poor, they will talk it up. There might not be direct cheating (we hope), but there is definitely a sense of uncertainty in racing, which keeps the betting machine moving. My friends and I back in the day always used to say, how can 10 bookmakers survive against thousands of punters? So far this year 2 odds-on favourites in big races (Hawwaam and Do It Again) basically saved the racing industry by not winning. The year is 3 months old!

    The trick is to listen to the Tipsters, note the betting, read between the lines of what trainers and jockeys say , and then do your own selections and look for value. Take everything that these role players say with a pinch of salt! Racing relies on the mis-informed, ill-disciplined and lack of knowledge of the majority of punters to survive.

  6. Allan says:

    Spot on Michael Jacob’s. Follow the tipsters at your own peril. Need results for small but “educated” punters.

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