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Katak Set For Singapore In 2021

Son of Potala Palace is having a break

Marsh Shirtliff, part-owner of star-on-the-rise Katak, has confirmed that an overseas campaign is in the offing for the son of Potala Palace, who completed the Western Cape’s Winter Series last week and is unbeaten from five starts.

Rising star Katak (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Shirtliff told Turf Talk: “Bryn Ressell and I have bought trainer Piet Steyn’s share of Katak pending his passing of overseas veterinary regulations and stipulations. Piet assures us Katak is pyro-free, which is a good start.

“The plan is to keep Katak here, with Piet, for the new season’s Green Point Stakes, the Queen’s Plate and the 2021 Sun Met, after which he will be exported for overseas racing.

“Since we can’t race as South African owners in Hong Kong we’re considering Singapore as an option. My son Guy is based there, we always race 6- 12 horses in Singapore in a season.”

Steyn said: “Katak is wrapped in cotton wool, we’re giving him a month off to rest, I want him to pick up some weight. He pulled up very well after his 2400m race last week. He’s done us all proud with his achievements this year.”

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6 comments on “Katak Set For Singapore In 2021

  1. Junaid Dickson says:

    Why always send a good sort overseas…9out of10…never makes it…look at igugu…champion couldn’t do anything abroad let alone marinaresco…to mention a few?….come on guys keep him at home….

  2. Junaid Dickson says:

    By the time the horse gets overseas …his lost a year of racing..then needs to get fit…the lists goes on and on…horse runs in the bush…trainer always says the horse hasn’t had enough prep runs blah blah blah….keep him at home go for the Met and July..,

  3. Junaid Dickson says:

    Armando is an example of what I’m saying…ran fourth on debut and nowhere in its last run….remember unbeaten in South Africa also….goodluck if u sending katak overseas….

  4. Harold Narainsamy says:

    I agree with Junaid. The list of stars who went overseas and failed outnumber those that succeeded.

  5. Saki Machaba says:

    I think Dubai is the best place for our horses, I think Katak will do very well in Singapore, the export protocols obviously plays a major part…….hopefully by next year the protocols will be relaxed so we can be competitive again.

    Its really worth the risk, our good horses do well in Dubai, Vercingetorix, River Jetez, Jay Peg, Bold Silvano……..
    The 1800M Dubai Turf which I think it’s a good race for our horses has a stake of 6 million US dollars, 3rd place guarantees the owner around 600 000US dollars which is well over 6 million rands….

    The trick is to race where we have a chance, Europe is a big NO for me with their undulating tracks……I think Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore are up our alley….but the relaxation of protocols soon will help a lot….imagine, Do It Again, Hawwam, Rainbow Bridge, Katak in a Group 1 in Dubai…..
    Hopefully the protocols get relaxed this year…

  6. John Mynhardt says:

    We can just blame the low stakes in SA for all our horses leaving. Our stakes are a joke

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