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Steyn Star Stamps Status

Bright future hailed for son of Potala Palace

Veteran Milnerton trainer Piet Steyn put the cherry on the top of a crazy upside-down racing season when he produced the Potala Palace colt Katak in fighting trim at Kenilworth on Sunday to become only the third horse in history, and the only undefeated winner, to wear the Cape Winter Series Triple Crown.

Ridden by Bernard Fayd’herbe for the first time, Katak, who wears the famous Pocket Power flag, has gone from the relative zero of a surprise 1200m debut victory six months ago to the 2400m hero of the Winter Series pinnacle, the 99cents R125 000 Gr3 Pocket Power Stakes- and is unbeaten in five starts.

The undoubted fairytale horse of the SA racing season, Katak’s victory was as popular, and probably a lot more emotional for many, as fellow Capetonian Belgarion’s superb score in the Vodacom Durban July twenty four hours earlier.

After facile wins in the first two legs of the series, there were many that felt that the Katak connections were stretching a point and going a bridge too far by taking their chances over the 2400m.

Katak strides clear under Bernard Fayd’herbe (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

But he handled it like a true professional and after drifting to 8-10, his class carried the day for an effortless 2,25 length win in a time of 158,43 secs.

The rest didn’t matter.

Trainer Piet Steyn, a half-share owner in Katak, looked relieved as he confirmed the easy victory.

“This was probably a little far for him at this stage. He is still a big baby and he will be a different horse in six months time,” he said.

Jockey Bernard Fayd’herbe, who was the pilot of both past Winter Series winners Pocket Power and African Night Sky, said Katak was a ‘really easy and super impressive horse to ride’.

“I gave him a click and he took the gap,” added the heavyweight jockey.

The Katak Team! (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)


Both part-owners Bryn Ressell and Marsh Shirtliff were on track to celebrate an emotional climax to a season we’d all like to forget.

Katak has won five from five and has earned R309 375, excluding the series bonus, which was apparently reduced in line with the stake to R125 000.

The Ridgemont-Highlands bred Katak was raised by Graham Koster and is a second crop son of Ridgemont-Highlands Singspiel Gr1 winner Potala Palace. He is out the Windrush three time winner Sapphire Silk.

The victory rounded off a memorable weekend for the Ridgemont-Highlands team and their stallions.

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12 comments on “Steyn Star Stamps Status

  1. Pieta Louw. says:

    This is a proper RACEHORSE……well done to Kleinjan and the connections.
    For me he is now the perd to get us officially back on the international map again……here he will not get beaten in mvho……for me as a punter and mostly international, I will follow him where ever he goes or if he stays……
    I have a mini duchhound called Frankel….the guy is a child in our house….he does not have a box, he sleeps with us in the bed….
    I already know what his next boetie’s name is going to be…….

  2. Keith sing says:

    thank you ed I have tried to post a comment 10 times not one has been posted but I see regular posting by the same daily been posted BlM so will not waste my time goodbye and my subscription of sporting post ends today

    1. Editor says:

      Try refreshing your browser, Keith

  3. Keith sing says:

    just remember how the racing industry needed the small guys . so me ending my subscription 10 of friends and family so with your one sided posting of comments go and find 10 New customers to take our place let’s see if Dave mollet can find you them cheers . Mr Keith sing the one only

    1. Editor says:

      Keith, you sound like you had a bad weekend

  4. Riaan van Reenen says:

    Well done to Marsh,Bryn and Klienman Steyn
    I was shouting you home and it’s high time you deserve a horse with this ability. We keep our fingers crossed that he matures to compete in the grade 1 races in the summer. Very well done you guys deserve a Champion and if all goes well we will be shouting him home in the summer. Enjoy and to Bernie it’s nice to see him back to good health as we all know he is a grade 1 Champion. Best regards from Riaan

  5. GreggC says:

    Pheominal Horse and looks a likely Crowd Favourite going forward. So nice to see a relatively Small String Trainer come through. Fantastically well done!!!

  6. Keith sing says:

    definitely not asked any one of your tipsters if they could match this Mr ed 1percent of the pick six with an outlay of120 rand the tri in the fifth race 5 times a and the swingers 20 times of that’s a bad weekend and a swinger on Sunday wolves 9 race swingers 20 times each in cluding the pick six in cape town 25 percent for an outlay of 70 rand

  7. Keith sing says:

    transfers all coming threw as we speak shopping days because schools are closed enjoy

  8. sirlutions says:

    Kudos to Piet Steyn. He deserves this great opportunity to showcase the talent of this wonderful horse. I love backing the “small trainers” and jockeys for that matter. Most are not given opportunities by the bigger owners, so it’s a fairy-tale come true, considering the story behind this phenomenal horse.

    All the best to Piet and his team.


  9. Hamisj Stewart says:

    Well said Mr Keith Singh ever here we see another old boys club posting the same people all the time ignoring others.Wonder what horse GH will be riding in the Gold Cup

  10. Hamisj Stewart says:

    Keith had a great weekend he got 1% of the p6 for min outlay.Old boys club in terms of comments posted just. how racing ended up where it is driving the last few soldiers away..Simply arrogant

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