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‘No Owners – No Horses’

Nice debut winner for Potala Palace

Milnerton trainer Piet Steyn said he had struggled to find owners for his Kenilworth Tuesday debut winner Katak – but stalwart owner Marsh Shirtliff eventually came to the party for a half share on the advice of jockey Bernard Fayd’herbe.

“These guys own big horses with big stables. It’s tough for us small guys. There are just no owners and no horses. I have been giving everything to racing since 1980 – and racing hasn’t been giving back to me,” lamented Steyn, who owns the smart winner in partnership with Shirtliff.

Ironically Bernard Fayd’herbe was on the stable elect What A Man (5-2) who plodded into a  well beaten fourth.

Katak is a son of Ridgemont Highlands’ promising sire Potala Palace and the Highlands bred colt defied greeness to fly up late and score by a length and a quarter under Grant Behr. He is out of the Windrush mare Sapphire Silk.

Tuesday’s winner is the ninth from just 20 runners to have emerged from Potala Palace’s current crop of three-year-olds.

This crop has also produced Gr3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Palace Of Dreams and Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes heroine Singforafa, as well as the very smart filly Snow Palace.

Winner of the Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes at two, and from the same female line as Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev, and Blame, Potala Palace has two fillies on offer at February’s Cape Yearling Sale.

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13 comments on “‘No Owners – No Horses’

  1. Graham HJ says:

    6 owners, 6 tracks, 6 trainers 6 punters………almost there.




    I have six eggs for your Graham 😁

  4. George says:

    There has been various trainers screaming for someone to listen to them but it seems to no avail. Piet Steyn Andries Steyn Riaan van Reenen and numerous others. When is the industry going to wake up. It seems as though they don’t give a damn about them. Eventually you will have maybe 4 to5 trainers racing against each other.
    What happened to previous disadvantaged.
    I don’t see them getting support.
    Come guys you going to loose some good horse man that gave their lives to the industry.
    Hope you see this as positive input.

  5. Cecil Pienaar says:

    No Man Graham 😂 it’s not that bad…

    What you think of my theory… Bernard tells Mr Shirtliff to buy, then rides the other one that Grant use to ride – is that Bubble gum racing or what 😂😂

    I am J😂king…..

    That’s racing, I should have picked it up…

    More serious. Mnr Steyn, I hope you and Mr Shirtliff have a Champ here.

    Aah this Horse Potala Palace had Michael Azzie excited, remember his Gr1 win…

    I’m sure the then famous Oscar Pistorius was a part owner of Potala Palace?

    Nice Article Mr Ed 👍

  6. Michael Jacobs says:

    No owners, no horses, particularly if you tell the public that the horse will need the run,and then it wins going away! That’s transparency for you.

  7. Shanil says:

    Yet again yesterday racing delayed however our clueless raceday team did not adjust new start times for Jackpot Quickmix 3. Pool was only 45k. Same thing happened last week. Closing on carded time. Pool was only 25 k. Remember this is the most supported Quickmix averaging 90+k. Is anyone caring about losing betting revenue . I think not.

  8. Elbert Steyn says:

    Michael one can never be completely confident on the first run! Winning the first time out was an absolute bonus.

  9. Gizelle Kummer says:

    The trainer should contact me, I am in FB

  10. hilton witz says:

    I hear next tuesdays meeting had very few acceptances today and on sahra website it looks like it could be in jeopardy..maybe the editor can update

    1. Editor says:

      Will post shortly Hilton

  11. vincent richter says:

    it seems in general in racing, from a punter’s perspective, that form, study of stats / course and distance, means ZERO.
    Could it be that the info readily available is itself incorrect?
    How the blazes is a punter supossed to make progress? and face it, its punters keeping this industry going…

  12. Donald says:

    Vincent , how can the ” info readily available be incorrect ” ?

    Computerform , although I do not use it myself as I find it has TOO MUCH information , has all the correct information based on FACT !

    The trick to make progress , as you put it , is to study the form , read between the lines here and there then make your selections based on your findings after considering all the variables ( which are many ) , stay in your budget and then have hope and belief that things will go your way at the races and that you will show a profit on the day !

    Tough business to make money , as is any gambling venture , but at least horse racing has good entertainment value and that is why win or lose we are back the next day or week to try again !

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