Potala Palace Daughter Eyes The Big Prize

Countdown to 27 January 2024

Hollywoodbets Gr1 Cape Guineas runner-up Red Palace was a first supplementary entry on Monday for the 2024 WSB Gr1 Cape Town Met.

She will bid to follow in the footsteps of Oh Susanna who became the first 3yo filly to win the race since Maid Of Honour in 1888, when beating Last Winter in the 2018 renewal of the Cape flagship.

The Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Red Palace was gallant in defeat in the classic, when beaten three quarters of a length by Snow Pilot.

The daughter of Potala Palace missed her chance in the WSB Fillies Guineas when withdrawn at the start.

Red Palace – chasing a rare goal if she runs on 27 January 2024 (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

While the conditions of the historic 2000m contest have changed over the years, the fairer sex have a decent record in the 21st century honour roll.

River Jetez (2010), Igugu (2012) and Smart Call (2016) won it prior to Oh Susanna’s historic victory in 2018.

Red Palace is the only 3yo filly in the entry list at this stage, which includes recent SplashOut Gr3 Victress Stakes winner Saartjie, SA Horse Of The Year Princess Calla, her stablemate Bless My Stars, and Brett Crawford’s dual Gr1 winner, Make It Snappy.

The recent AHS ban on movement from Randjesfontein has meant that the Sean Tarry-trained L’Ormarins King’s Plate and WSB Cape Town Met entry Cousin Casey,  and Mike de Kock’s undefeated Cartier Paddock Stakes entry Gimme A Nother, will not be travelling for the big day on 6 January.

Betway Summer Cup champion Royal Victory has been scratched from the WSB Cape Town Met first entry list.

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WSB Cape Town Met timeline:

  • Final supplementary entries due on 8 January 2024.
  • Weights published on 8 January 2024.
  • Declarations on 17 January 2024.
  • Final field and draws on 17 January 2024.

The 2024 renewal’s fashion theme is ‘Cape Splendour’ which embraces a glorious return to form, celebrating the evolution of horseracing at one of Cape Town’s most iconic sporting landmarks, Hollywoodbets Kenilworth.

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