Palace Is Back In The Black

She's back to her best form!

Something of a shock runner-up in the Hollywoodbets Gr1 Cape Guineas late last year, the Potala Palace filly Red Palace enjoyed the return to the Cape winter course at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Sunday to register her first stakes success.

Easy to back at 7-1, Anthony Andrews rode a perfectly judged race to win the R200 000 Listed Stormsvlei Stakes in facile fashion.

Having her second run after a rest last time out in the Listed Ladies Mile, the Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Red Palace was tucked in, but efforts to settle her backfired.

Red Palace wins Stormsvlei

Anthony Andrews guides Red Palace to victory for a first stakes success (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

On Sunday, it was back to the way she enjoys and she took the lead, had a breather, and assumed complete command in the short straight to beat Love Is A Rose (14-1) by 2,50 lengths in a time of 111,27 secs.

Ladies Mile winner Time For Love (7-2) was given every chance from her awkward draw by Richard Fourie as she shadowed the leader all the way round, and ran a decent third.

Bred by the winning jockey’s Dad, Terry Andrews, Red Palace is a daughter of Ridgemont stallion Potala Palace (Singspiel) out of the four-time winning Jay Peg mare, In Limine.

Potala Palace has a single lot on offer at the 2024 Cape Racing Winter Yearling Sale, and four yearlings set to go through the ring at the KZN Yearling Sale.

Now a winner of 3 races with 2 places from 11 starts, Red Palace has earned R707 638.

She was scratched at the start of the Cape Fillies Guineas and had some bad luck in the Cape summer. She should pay to follow.

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