Potala Palace (SAF)

Singspiel (IRE) - Alignment (IRE) (Alzao (USA))
Bay, 2008 - Height 16hh
Fee Details: 2017 - R5,000 (Due on Live Foal)

KEY FACTS:

  • Won 4 races from 1400m to 1600m at 2 to 5 years
  • He won the Gr1 Premier's Champion Stakes by a length beating 4 horses that became Gr1 winners and 4 that became Gr1 placed and won Graded races
  • Son of Singspiel – “a world leading sire” (www.stallionguide.com), “outstandingly tough racehorse known the world over for producing racehorses of the highest caliber”
    • Champion Turf Horse 1996 & Champion Older Male 1997
    • Won $6m
    • Timeform Rated 133
    • 8 of his 9 wins were in Group Races
    • Won 5 Gr1 races on 4 continents incl. Dubai World Cup, Japan Cup, Canadian International, Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International Stakes.
    • Despite fertility problems and a premature death he was the sire of 13 Gr1 winners and 6 champions including Horse of the Year Moon Ballad who also won the Dubai World Cup.
    • Sired the winners of over US$61m
    • A leading sire of sires including promising South African freshman sire Lateral, a champion racehorse in Germany and Italy, Moon Ballad, Eastern Anthem etc
    • His dam Glorious Song was Canadian Horse of the Year & North American Champion and she produced Jet Master’s sire Rakeen, leading sire Rahy and of course the great Singspiel.
  • His dam Alignment
    • TFR 98 at 2 years in 3 starts
    • Trained by Sir Michael Stout.
    • Described by Timeform 1997 as a “fluent mover, caught final stride in Gr3 Prestige Stakes”
    • Half sister to the dam of Gr1 2000 Guineas winner GOLAN.
    • This is the Simon Shoes family of the blue hen Dalmary – the tail female line of: Apalachee, Archipenko, Bandini, Golden Thatch, Jade Robbery, Moccassin, Numerous, Nureyev, Sadler’s Wells, Stormy Atlantic, Thatch, Thatching etc.

First season at stud in 2014

4 wins and R608,650 in stakes, 1400-2000m, placed 3 times
2011 Equus 2yo Colt Nominee. MR: 108.
at 2 WON Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes (1600m)
WON Maiden Juvenile Plate (1450m)
2nd Maiden Juvenile Plate (1600m)
at 3 WON Graduation Plate (1400m)
3rd MR94 Handicap (1600m)
4th Gr1 Investec Cape Derby (2000m)
5th Gr2 Gauteng Guineas (1600m) – 1l behind winner
at 5 WON Gr3 Joburg Spring Challenge (1450m)

SINGSPIEL (IRE) (Bay 1992-Stud 1998). 9 wins-1 at 2, Japan Cup, Gr.1. Sire of 943 rnrs, 669 wnrs, 95 SW, inc. Dar Re Mi (Curragh Pretty Polly S., Gr.1), Lahudood, Lateral, Moon Ballad, Papineau, Eastern Anthem, Hibaayeb, Folk Opera, Confidential Lady, Potala Palace, Rewaaya, Asakusa Den'en, Singhalese, Lohengrin, Funfair, Pacific Rim, Balladeuse, Silkwood, Dark Islander, Three Degrees, Parivash, Dordogne, Navarra Queen, Mulaqat, Belmonte, etc.

Notable progeny by Singspiel (IRE)
Name Sex Sire of Dam Sire of 2nd Dam Race Record
Dar Re Mi f Top Ville Abdos Gr1 x3, Gr1 pl x4, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3, Gr3 pl x2, L.
Champion
Lahudood f Arazi Mr. Prospector Gr1 x2, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 pl, L. Champion
Eastern Anthem c Zinaad Lagunas Gr1, Gr1 pl x3, L pl x4. Champion
Moon Ballad c Shaadi Relkino Gr1, Gr1 pl x2, Gr2, Gr2 pl, Gr3 x2, L pl.
Horse of the Year
Lateral c Aragon Surumu Gr1, Gr2, Gr2 pl, Gr3 x2, Gr3 pl x2, L.
Sire. Champion
Papineau g Grey Dawn Tom Rolfe Gr1, Gr2, L. Champion
Hibaayeb f Lion Cavern Fabulous Dancer Gr1 x2, Gr1 pl, Gr2 x2, Gr2 pl x2
Rewaaya f At Talaq Last Tycoon Gr1, Gr1 pl x6, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L pl
Asakusa Den'en c Machiavellian Bustino Gr1, Gr1 pl x2, Gr2, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 pl x2, L pl
Confidential Lady f Dayjur Banner Sport Gr1, Gr1 pl x2, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L
Singhalese f Efisio Bay Express Gr1, Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl x2
POTALA PALACE C ALZAO SHIRLEY HEIGHTS Gr1, Gr1 pl, Gr3. Cape Champion
Folk Opera f Halling The Minstrel Gr1, Gr2, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L, L pl x2
Solow c Highest Honor Fabulous Dancer Gr1, Gr2, Gr3
Lohengrin c Garde Royale Carvin Gr1 pl x4, Gr2 x4, Gr2 pl x5, Gr3 pl x4
Three Degrees f Beau Genius Al Hattab Gr1 pl x4, Gr2, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3, L pl
Glorious Sight f Warning Caerleon Gr1 pl x4, L
Fast And Furious c Gone West Alleged Gr1 pl x3, Gr2 pl x2, L, L pl x2
Pale Mimosa f Danehill Ardross Gr1 pl x2, Gr2, Gr3 pl x2, L x3
Andina f Rahy Vice Regent Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl x3, Gr3 pl, L, L pl x2
Miss Singhsix f Miswaki What A Pleasure Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3, Gr3 pl x3, L, L pl x4
Restless Soul f Prince Rupert Cavo Doro Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 pl x2, L, L pl x4
Gloomy Sunday f Lando Red Steps Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl, Gr3, L pl x3
In Time's Eye c Alleged Grenfall Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl x2, L, L pl x2
Singing c Bering Val De L'Orne Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl x2, L pl
Private Charter c Shirley Heights Saritamer Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L
Sohgol f Mujtahid Persian Bold Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L
Secret Singer c Fabulous Dancer Secretariat Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L pl
Darrfonah f Ajdal Habitat Gr1 pl, Gr2 pl, L
Via Milano f Linamix Sallust Gr1 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl x3, L pl
Navarra Queen f Leone Lichine Gr1 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl x2, L x2, L pl x4
Cima De Pluie c Cozzene Nureyev Gr1 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L pl x4
Princess Taylor f Mille Balles Fabulous Dancer Gr1 pl, Gr3 pl x3, L, L pl 4
Oh Oklahoma c Naturalism Star Watch Gr1 pl, Gr3 pl x3
Tramuntana g Success Express Last Tango Gr1 pl, Gr3 pl, L, L pl x5
Spielmeister c Sir Tristram Bletchingly Gr1 pl, Gr3 pl, L pl
Grand Bahama g Our Native Morston Gr1 pl, L, L pl x2
Pavlova f Luskin Star Persian Bold Gr1 pl, L
Wall Of Sound f Royal Academy Blushing Groom Gr1 pl, L pl x3
Au Revoir c Highest Honor Sharpen Up Gr2, Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 pl x2, L x2, L pl
Dark Islander c Woodman Nureyev Gr2, Gr3 pl x2, L pl x2
Funfair g Mr. Prospector Seattle Slew Gr2, Gr3 pl, L x2
Take Cover g Magic Ring Midyan Gr2, Gr3 pl, L, L pl
Balladeuse f Rainbow Quest Lyphard Gr2, Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Pacific Rim f Arazi Fabulous Dancer Gr2
Silkwood f Woodman Nureyev Gr2
Songlark c Ahonoora Roan Rocket Gr2 pl x4, Gr3, L
Birkspiel c Lord Udo Frontal Gr2 pl x3, Gr3, Gr3 pl
Tastahil g Shaadi High Line Gr2 pl x2, Gr3, Gr3 pl x2, L, L pl
Songcraft g Nureyev Riverman Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 pl x3, L, L pl x5
Music Review f Chief Singer Known Fact Gr2 pl x2, Gr3 pl x3, L pl x3
Singalong f Darshaan Artic Tern Gr2 pl x2, L x2
Kid Edward c Efisio Bay Express Gr2 pl x2
Puppeteer c Baillamont Nureyev Gr2 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl x2, L x2, L pl x7
Candy Singer f Candy Stripes Farnesio Gr2 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl x2, L pl x2
Licia f Intikhab Night Shift Gr2 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Sweet Folly f Kris Vaguely Noble Gr2 pl, Gr3, Gr3 pl, L pl
Lamentation f Gulch El Gran Senor Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl x3, L pl x3
Jathabah f Kris Fabulous Dancer Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl x2, L pl x3
Nordic Thunder c Leone Lichine Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L x2, L pl x2
Singing Poet c Zilzal Alydar Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L, L pl
Zayn Zen f Kris Be My Guest Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl, L, L pl
Moi Non Plus f Warning Pharly Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl
Paulini f Luskin Star Double Century Gr2 pl, Gr3 pl
Aztec Smytzer c Gaius Balmerino Gr2 pl, L x2, L pl x3
Solva f Brief Truce Shareef Dancer Gr2 pl, L, L pl x3
Daressalam c Shaadi Aspros Gr2 pl, L
Dream Ballad c Whiskey Road Kaoru Star Gr2 pl, L
Queen Of Naples f Alzao Troy Gr2 pl, L pl x2
Appiel f Danzero General Assembly Gr2 pl, L pl
Atlantic Oak f Woodman Alleged Gr2 pl, L pl
Mojave Moon g Kris Mill Reef Gr2 pl, L pl
Eldalil f Pursuit Of Love Bustino Gr2 pl
So Belle f Green Desert Ahonoora Gr2 pl
Belmonte g Palace Music Arch Sculptor Gr3 x2, L, L pl x5
Live Concert g Kingmambo Mt Livermore Gr3, Gr3 pl x3, L
Mulaqat c Lahib Shareef Dancer Gr3, Gr3 pl, L x2, L pl x4
Gower Song f Kalaglow Mill Reef Gr3, Gr3 pl, L, L pl x4
Dordogne c Efisio Norwick Gr3, L x2
Nouvelle Noblesse f Lando Konigsstuhl Gr3, L, L pl x2
Antioquia f Bering Nureyev Gr3, L
A Country Girl f Mr Henrysee Kinski Gr3, L pl x4
Majounes Song f Take Risks Longleat Gr3, L pl x2
Jamr g Monsun High Line Gr3, L pl
Operetta Lass f Bellotto Water Mill Gr3, L pl
Abjer c Lando Red Steps Gr3
Cartaya f Nashwan Fairy King Gr3
Glad Tiger c Big Shuffle Surumu Gr3
Parivash f Polar Falcon Salmon Leap Gr3
Zeitoper c Zinaad Lagunas Gr3
Admire Taishi c Dubai Millennium Danzig Gr3 pl x6
Primevere f Woodman Nureyev Gr3 pl x3, L x2, L pl x4
Cruzspiel g Trempolino Rheffissimo Gr3 pl x3, L, L pl x2
Crimson And Gold c Mr. Prospector Blushing Groom Gr3 pl x3, L pl x6
Luca Brasi g Mr. Prospector Round Table Gr3 pl x2, L x6, L pl x7
Bourbonnais c Woodman Riverman Gr3 pl x2, L
La Vriga f Marju Moorestyle Gr3 pl x2, L pl x3
Summer's Eve f Grey Dawn Tom Rolfe Gr3 pl x2, L pl x3
Singleton f Riverman Sham Gr3 pl x2, L pl x2
Andean g Mill Reef Prince Ippi Gr3 pl x2
Laredo Sound g Shining Steel Luthier Gr3 pl, L x2, L pl x3
Vinea Federspiel f Distant Relative Mill Reef Gr3 pl, L x2, L pl x2
Cymbal f Darshaan Irish River Gr3 pl, L, L pl x2
Solista c Alzao Isopach Gr3 pl, L, L pl
Lady Of Opera f Kingmambo Sunday Silence Gr3 pl, L
Verdant g Selkirk Topsider Gr3 pl, L pl x4
Mrs Snow f Twilight Agenda Keen Gr3 pl, L pl x3
Sextet g Saratoga Six The Minstrel Gr3 pl, L pl x3
Doe Ray Me f Caerleon Woodman Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Everarda f Kaldoun Star Appeal Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Nafar g Bluebird Konigsstuhl Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Regal Hawk f Generous Silver Hawk Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Short Affair f Machiavellian Bustino Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Suailce f Danehill Ardross Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Submariner g Bering Blushing Groom Gr3 pl, L pl x2
Areyoutalkingtome c Last Tycoon Dancer's Image Gr3 pl, L pl
Bold Reason c Bataan Estaminet Gr3 pl, L pl
Brad Barows c Red Ransom Damascus Gr3 pl, L pl
Investissement g Theatrical Seattle Slew Gr3 pl, L pl
Principal Dame f Natski Seventh Hussar Gr3 pl, L pl
Woodland Aria f Timber Country Diesis Gr3 pl, L pl
Bhanumat c Caro Quack Gr3 pl
Inoubliable c Diesis Foolish Pleasure Gr3 pl
Opera Comique f Top Ville Val De Loir Gr3 pl
Serengeti g Darshaan Blushing Groom Gr3 pl
Single f Dayjur Devils Bag Gr3 pl
Circle Of Bliss f Mt Livermore Mr. Prospector L pl x5
Demisemiquaver f Bikala Satingo L pl x4
Authoress f Lord Gayle Relko L pl x3
Claire Song f Shirley Heights Blakeney L pl x3
Twin Soul f Selkirk Shadeed L pl x3
Clasp c Nashwan Zilzal L pl x2
Covert Ambition c Lahib Magical Wonder L pl x2
Cutter f Royal Academy Habitat L pl x2
Fidelia f Kris Nureyev L pl x2
Kerlis g Marju Dara Monarch L pl x2
Mister Music g Dr Fong Warning L pl x2
Pancar f Cadeaux Genereux Halling L pl x2
Regal Hawk f Generous Silver Hawk L pl x2
Torok c Red Ransom Pivotal L pl x2
Totally Ours f Desert Sun Groom Dancer L pl x2
Zaafran f Kris Be My Guest L pl x2
Aliana f Lion Cavern Big Shuffle L pl
Ancient Egypt g Artaius Grey Sovereign L pl
Blaise Chorus f Irish River Danzig Connection L pl
Bon Spiel g Machiavellian Bustino L pl
Brad Barows c Red Ransom Damascus L pl
Caesar's Song g Generous Kris L pl
Commemorating c Turf Ruler Yallah Native L pl
Fastback f Mujtahid Caerleon L pl
Fragrancy f Kris Fabulous Dancer L pl
Freja f Grand Lodge Exclusive Native L pl
Golden Aquila c Kings Best Nijinsky L pl
Imagine f Kris Caliban L pl
Incroyable f Diesis Foolish Pleasure L pl
Indian Singer g Danehill Green Dancer L pl
Irving g Sternkonig Local Suitor L pl
Japigia f Arazi Busted L pl
Kayak f Kris His Majesty L pl
Last Song f Kris Mill Reef L pl
Morning Song f Last Tycoon Bacchus L pl
Music House f Mr. Prospector Blushing Groom L pl
Opera Box f Anabaa Kings Lake L pl
Park Esteem f Relkino Balidar L pl
Pietrasanta f Robellino Sharpo L pl
Red Anthem g Soviet Lad Beldale Flutter L pl
Rehearsal g The Minstrel Empery L pl
Ruffian Reef c Darshaan Pharly L pl
Russian Song c Laroche Surumu L pl
Salar Glorious c Orpen Catrail L pl
Scarlett's Pride f Saratoga Six Lyphard L pl
Songlark f Linamix Kingmambo L pl
Swansea f Nashwan Secretariat L pl
Swingkeel g Salse Glint Of Gold L pl
Take Cover g Magic Ring Midyan L pl
Wall Of Sound f Royal Academy Blushing Groom L pl
Wild Savannah c Arazi Dancing Brave L pl
Wood Chorus f Terimon Blakeney L pl
Singspiel (IRE) In The Wings (GB) Sadlers Wells (USA) Northern Dancer (CAN) - Nearctic (CAN)
Fairy Bridge (USA) - Bold Reason (USA)
High Hawk (IRE) Shirley Heights (GB) - Mill Reef (USA)
Sunbittern (GB) - Sea Hawk (FR)
Glorious Song (CAN) Halo (USA) Hail To Reason (USA) - Turn-to (USA)
Cosmah (USA) - Cosmic Bomb (USA)
Ballade (USA) Herbager (FR) - Vanale (FR)
Miss Swapsco (USA) - Cohoes (USA)
Alignment (IRE) Alzao (USA) Lyphard (USA) Northern Dancer (CAN) - Nearctic (CAN)
Goofed (USA) - Count Martial (GB)
Lady Rebecca (GB) Sir Ivor (USA) - Sir Gaylord (USA)
Pocahontas (USA) - Roman (USA)
Scots Lass (GB) Shirley Heights (GB) Mill Reef (USA) - Never Bend (USA)
Hardiemma (GB) - Hardicanute (GB)
Edinburgh (GB) Charlottown (GB) - Charlottesville (GB)
Queen's Castle (IRE) - Sovereigh Path (GB)

FEMALE LINE

1st dam

Alignment, by Alzao. Placed, 2d Goodwood Prestige S., Gr.3, 4th York Musidora S., Gr.3. Half-sister to BONNY SCOT, Border Mate, Highland Gift (dam of GOLAN, TARTAN BEARER). Dam of eleven foals, ten to race, five winners, inc:-

POTALA PALACE (c. by Singspiel). 4 wins. Subject stallion

Allegoria (f. by Spectrum). 2 wins at 1600m, 2000m, €114,015, Milan Premio Cabiate, Rome Premio Great Boss, 2d Milan Premio Verziere, Gr.3, Premio Paolo Mezzanotte, L, Rome Premio Guiseppe Valiani, L, Pisa Premio Andred, L, Milan Premio Remulo, Premio Emilio Trenta, Rome Premio Capo Nord, 3d Milan Premio Villa Cortese, Premio Calcinate, Premio Altaguardia, Rome Premio Ballingary, 4th Milan Premio Giovanni Falck, L, Rome Premio Archidamia, L.

Right and Ready (f. by Whipper). 3 wins at 1800m, 2000m, R173,060, Durbanville Uk Soccer 6 H.

Front Rank (g. by Sadler's Wells). 7 wins from 13f to 17½f in GB.

Regal Lyric (g. by Royal Applause). Winner at 2 in GB.

Alpha Male (g. by Spectrum). Placed at 3 in 2013-14.

Seeking Straight (g. by Rainbow Quest). Placed in GB.

Line Ahead (f. by Sadler's Wells). Raced once. Dam of-

EXCELLENT RESULT (Shamardal). 4 wins from 2000m to 2800m, £103,393, 886,300Dhs, to 2013-14 in GB and U.A.E, Meydan Dubai City Of Gold S., Gr.2, Ascot Ladbrokes Mobile H., Meydan Nova S., 3d Newmarket British Stallion Studs 2YO S.

Goldenveil. Winner at 2 in GB.

Linea d'Aria. Winner at 2 in Italy.

Silkenveil. Unplaced. Dam of-

Brown Velvet. Winner at 2 in 2014 in GB.

Straighten Up (f. by Nashwan). Raced once. Dam of-

Princess Forse. Winner at 1650m, 2d GCTC Starcraft H.

2nd dam

SCOTS LASS, by Shirley Heights. Winner at 13f in GB. Half-sister to SOUGHT OUT (dam of NORTH LIGHT, COVER UP, RESEARCHED), GREEKTOWN (dam of GAMUT, MULTICOLOURED, ATHENS BELLE), QUEEN HELEN, City Centre (dam of CANASITA, CHALIN). Dam of 9 foals, all raced, 5 winners, inc:-

BONNY SCOT (Commanche Run). 5 wins-1 at 2-from 8¼f to 1½m, £130,464 in GB and Qatar, York Great Voltigeur S., Gr.2, Goodwood Gordon S., Gr.3, Newmarket Zetland S., L, 2d Newmarket Bahrain Trophy, L, 3d The St Leger, Gr.1, Lingfield Derby Trial S., Gr.3, 4th Ascot Cumberland Lodge S., Gr.3. Sire.

Border Mate (Be My Guest). 4 wins from 8½f to 10¼f in GB and U.S.A, 2d Bay Meadows Hillsborough H., Gr.3.

Alignment (Alzao). Placed. See above.

Mary Stuart. 3 wins at 9f, 1½m, Goodwood Brian & Lesley Truscott 10th Anniversary S., Tote Gold Trophy Showcase H. Producer.

Highland Gift. Winner at 1¼m in GB. Dam of-

GOLAN (Spectrum). Second on The 2002 International 4YO+ Classification (Long). 4 wins-1 at 2-from 7f to 1½m, £1,016,242, 100,000fr., Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond S., Gr.1, The Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1, Longchamp Prix Niel, Gr.2, 2d The Derby, Gr.1, York International S., Gr.1, 3d Irish Derby, Gr.1, 4th Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Gr.1. Sire.

TARTAN BEARER (Spectrum). 3 wins at 1¼m, 10½f, £742,315, €165,397, York Dante S., Gr.2, Sandown Gordon Richards S., Gr.3, 2d The Derby, Gr.1, Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S., Gr.1, Royal Ascot Prince of Wales's S., Gr.1, Newmarket Prestige Vehicles 2YO S., 3d Irish Derby, Gr.1.

Gift Range (Spectrum). Winner at 1m, 2d Leopardstown Trigo S., L, Saint-Cloud Prix Petite Etoile, L, Leopardstown Heather Road S., 3d Naas Blue Wind S., Gr.3. Producer.

Leocorno (Pivotal). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1m, 9f, Sandown Panmure Gordon Stockbroking H., Doncaster Quintin Gilbey 2YO S., 2d York Galtres S., L, 4th Royal Ascot Ribblesdale S., Gr.2.

Griddle Cake. Placed in GB. Dam of-

Hidden Luck (Bin Ajwaad). 2 wins at 1950m, 2400m in Sweden, 3d Taby Matchmaker S., L, Ovrevoll Norsk Oaks, 4th Taby Matchmaker S., L. Producer.

Our Jaffa. 3 wins at 1m, 8¼f, Leopardstown JRA H., 2d Curragh Irish Lincolnshire H., Newmarket Landcom H., 3d Leopardstown JRA H., Carmanhall H.

3rd dam

EDINBURGH, by Charlottown. Joint third top filly on The 1976 French 2YO Free H. 2 wins-1 at 2, Longchamp Prix des Reservoirs, Gr.3, 2d Longchamp Prix de la Nonette, Gr.3, Prix Vanteaux, Gr.3. Half-sister to CITY FORTRESS (dam of FASTNESS, DESERT BOY - ORIENTAL EXPRESS (H.K.)), Hever. Dam of 9 foals, all raced, 7 winners, inc:-

SOUGHT OUT (Rainbow Quest). 5 wins from 15f to 2½m, £208,132 in GB, France and Germany, Longchamp Prix du Cadran, Gr.1, Deauville Prix Kergorlay, Gr.2, Longchamp Prix de Lutece, Gr.3, Baden-Baden Oleander Rennen, Gr.3, 2d Longchamp Prix du Cadran, Gr.1, Prix Vicomtesse Vigier, Gr.2, Deauville Prix de Pomone, Gr.2, Longchamp Prix de Barbeville, Gr.3, 3d Longchamp Prix Royal Oak, Gr.1, Royal Ascot Ribblesdale S., Gr.2, Longchamp Prix Gladiateur, Gr.3, 4th Royal Ascot Gold Cup, Gr.1, Deauville Prix de Pomone, Gr.2, Cheshire Oaks, L. Dam of-

NORTH LIGHT (Danehill). Champion 3YO in GB in 2004 (Long). 3 wins-1 at 2-from 1m to 1½m, £904,117, €333,994, The Derby, Gr.1, York Dante S., Gr.2, Goodwood Uniq Foodservice Gold Cup 2YO S., 2d Irish Derby, Gr.1, Sandown Brigadier Gerard S., Gr.3, Pacemaker 2YO S. Sire.

COVER UP (Machiavellian). 7 wins from 1¼m to 22¼f, £275,532, Newmarket Jockey Club Cup, Gr.3, Lingfield Sagaro S., Gr.3, Royal Ascot Ascot S.H., Queen Alexandra S.-twice, 2d York Lonsdale S., Gr.3-twice, Sandown Esher S., L, 3d Sandown Esher S., L.

RESEARCHED (Danehill). 3 wins from 1¼m to 1½m, Goodwood Glorious H., L, York Betfair H., 2d Newbury Arc Trial, L, Royal Ascot Duke of Edinburgh H., 3d York Knavesmire H.

GREEKTOWN (Ela-Mana-Mou). 2 wins at 2000m, 2400m, Longchamp Prix des Tourelles, L, 2d Deauville Prix Michel Houyvet, L, 3d Evry Breeders' Cup Classic Test, L. Dam of-

GAMUT (Spectrum). 6 wins from 2200m to 2650m, £247,776, €278,585, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Gr.1, Newmarket Jockey Club S., Gr.2, Princess of Wales's S., Gr.2, Newbury Aston Park S., L, Peter Smith Memorial S., 2d Curragh Irish St Leger, Gr.1, Newmarket Jockey Club S., Gr.2, Newbury John Porter S., Gr.3, Newmarket Ripley Homes 2YO S., 3d Newmarket Princess of Wales's S., Gr.2, York Hardwicke S., Gr.2, Doncaster Serlby S., L, 4th Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond S., Gr.1, Doncaster Troy S., L. Sire.

MULTICOLOURED (Rainbow Quest). 2 wins at 1¼m, 13f, Newbury Geoffrey Freer S., Gr.2, 2d Newmarket Princess of Wales's S., Gr.2, Sandown Gordon Richards S., Gr.3, Newmarket James Seymour S., L, 3d Newmarket Fred Archer S., L. Sire.

ATHENS BELLE (Groom Dancer). 2 wins at 7f, 1¼m, Newbury Fillies Trial S., L. Producer.

Danse Grecque. Unraced. Dam of-

TANNERY (Dylan Thomas). 7 wins from 8½f to 12½f, €116,340, US$673,038, to 2014, Woodbine EP Taylor S., Gr.1, Belmont Sheepshead Bay S., Gr.2, Curragh Kilboy Estate S., Gr.3, Monmouth Miss Liberty S., L, Gowran Victor McCalmont Memorial S., L, Limerick Martin Molony S., L, 2d Belmont Flower Bowl Invitational S., Gr.1, Leopardstown Ross Nugent Foundation H., 3d Belmont Garden City S., Gr.1, Aqueduct Red Smith H., Gr.3, 4th Saratoga Sword Dancer Invitational S., Gr.1, Aqueduct Long Island H., Gr.3, Belmont Owsley S., L.

Grecian Bride. Unraced. Dam of-

SADDLER'S ROCK (Sadler's Wells). Champion 3YO Stayer in Ireland in 2011. Joint Champion Older Male Stayer in Ireland in 2012 . 4 wins from 13¾f to 2¼m, £161,850, €63,625, 22,020Dhs, Doncaster Cup, Gr.2, Goodwood Cup, Gr.2, Leopardstown Follow on Facebook H., 2d Leopardstown Saval Beg S., L, 3d Irish St Leger, Gr.1, Royal Ascot Gold Cup, Gr.1, Curragh Ballycullen S., L, 4th Longchamp Prix du Cadran, Gr.1.

TARFASHA (Teofilo). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 7¾f, 11f to 2014, Naas Blue Wind S., Gr.3, 2d Leopardstown Irish Stallion Farms 2YO S., 3d Curragh Park S., Gr.3.

ALLEXINA (Barathea). 4 wins-2 at 2-from 7½f to 1½m, €198,146, Curragh Silken Glider S., L, 2d Naas Blue Wind S., Gr.3, Deauville Prix Minerve, Gr.3, 3d Cork Noblesse S., Gr.3. Producer.

QUEEN HELEN (Troy). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 7f, 1¾m, Ascot Hyperion S., L, Doncaster Royal British Legion S.H., 3d Newbury St Simon S., Gr.3, 4th Newmarket Sun Chariot S., Gr.2. Dam of-

Royal Bounty. Winner in GB. Dam of-

HARVEST QUEEN (Spinning World). 4 wins at 1m, 8¼f, Goodwood Conqueror S., L, Haydock Superior Mile, L, 2d Newmarket Dahlia S., Gr.3, Lingfield Fleur de Lys S., L. Dam of-

BARLEY MOW (Zamindar). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 7f, 1¼m to 2014, Newmarket S., L, Newbury Don Deadman Memorial 2YO S., 2d Doncaster Flying Scotsman S., L, Lingfield International Trial S., L.

City Centre. Unplaced. Dam of-

CHALIN (Efisio). 12 wins-2 at 2-from 1000m to 2000m, €315,208, Pisa Criterium di Pisa, L, Milan Premio Bellotta, 3d Milan Gran Premio d'Italia, L, Premio Pisa, L, Pisa Premio Signorino, L.

CANASITA (Zafonic). 4 wins-1 at 2-from 1500m to 2100m, 140,000fr., US$6,960, 174,320,000L., Milan Premio Alberto Zanoletti di Rozzano, L, Deauville Prix de la Calonne, L, Milan Premio delle Aste Italiane, 2d Milan Premio Baggio, L. Producer.

Cheloca. Unplaced. Dam of-

KONKAN (Aussie Rules). 4 wins-3 at 2-to 1500m to 2014, Rome Criterium Femminile, L, Premio Jebel Ali Racecourse, Premio Betflag Casino, 3d Maisons-Laffitte Prix Saraca, L.

Karel Miedema's Pedigree Evaluation

Sires Handbook 2014 - www.sportingpost.co.za

Fish where the fish are.

The female family of Potala Palace brims with highly Timeform-rated black type performers. An unusually large proportion of these were hooked by Rainbow Quest and his son Spectrum. It is essential to get to the bottom of this – is it mere coincidence, or could there be an explanation?

Let’s take the bait.

Deep in the dark waters of the female line lurks the mare Simon’s Shoes. Threepart sister to Epsom Derby third Charles O’Malley, but absolutely useless on the track, unable to even run a place. At stud it was different. She bred eight winners, among them two notable fillies, born when their dam was at the end of her stud career. Persistence pays! Those fillies were Carpet Slipper and Dalmary, who both established highly successful branches of the family.

Dalmary will be remembered foremost as the dam of Rough Shod, without whom the modern world would not be the same. Through her daughter Thong, Rough Shod is grandam of full siblings Thatch and Special, the latter dam of Nureyev and grandam of Sadler’s Wells. Thong has three full siblings who all made their mark at stud (Lt Stevens, Ridan and Moccasin), together with their half sister Gambetta. Another daughter of Dalmary is Rough Shod’s half sister Jennydang, female line ancestor of Thatching and Golden Thatch, both sired by Rough Shod’s son Thatch (and thus inbred to the female line).

Carpet Slipper is the dam of Windsor Slipper (Irish Guineas, Derby & St Leger), Blaith na Greine (3rd dam of sires St Jovite, Salem Drive & Lac Ouimet), Her Slipper (grandam of 3-times French champion sire Val de Loir and 3rd dam of sires Volcanic, One Cool Cat and Aragorn), Silken Slipper (ancestress of sire Dutch Art), and Coventry Belle. Coventry Belle is the 3rd dam of Reform (Champion European miler and sire) and his full sister Knighton House, and of modest winner Queen’s Castle whose daughter Edinburgh is our lure.

Rated 117 by Timeform during her racing career in France, Edinburgh is dam of French Gr1 stayer Sought Out (119), dam in turn of Epsom Derby winner North Light (126). Sought Out is a daughter of Rainbow Quest. Another daughter of Edinburgh, French stakes winner Greektown, is dam of French Gr1 winner and sire Gamut (124), and of English Gr2 winner Multicoloured (116). The latter is by Rainbow Quest, while Gamut is by that one’s son Spectrum.

A third daughter of Edinburgh, Scots Lass is grandam of Gr1 winning Epsom Derby runner-up and sire Golan (126), of Epsom Derby runner-up Tartan Bearer (127), of French stakes placed Gift Range (106), and of Italian Gr3 placed Allegoria (104)– all sired by Spectrum.

Back to base.

Remember our definition of kin-breeding: it is inbreeding to female ancestors whose pedigrees make them close kin to each other.


The female line build-up of Potala Palace is remarkable in terms of close bottom female line kin-breeding. Taking it in sequence:

Simon’s Shoes (by Simon Square) 2x2 Sweet Marjorie x Sandal
Carpet Slipper (Phalaris) 2x1 Bromus x Simon’s Shoes
Coventry Belle (Hyperion) 2x1 Selene x Carpet Slipper
Miss Coventry (Mieuxce) 2x1 l’Olivete x Coventry Belle
Country House (Vieux Manoir) 3x3 Vieille Canaille x Carpet Slipper
Queen’s Castle (Sovereign Path) 2x3 Mountain Path x Coventry Belle
Edinburgh (Charlottown) 2x4 Meld x Coventry Belle, 3x5 Daily Double x Carpet Slipper
Scot’s Lass (Shirley Heights) 4x3x5 Blue Cross x Meld x Coventry Belle


The significant female line ancestor is Coventry Belle (together with her dam Carpet Slipper).

Let’s see how this connects to Rainbow Quest and son Spectrum, both highly successful with this family. Here’s the kin-breeding:

Rainbow Quest (Blushing Groom) 4x4 Emali x Duke’s Delight
Spectrum (Rainbow Quest) 5x5x5 Emali x Duke’s Delight x Sunny Gulf


Taking two of their highly rated sons from the Coventry Belle female line:

Gr1 Sought Out (Rainbow Quest) 5x5x5 Emali x Duke’s Delight x Coventry Belle
Gr1 Golan (Spectrum) 4x3 Sunny Valley x Edinburgh, 6x6x6x6x7 Emali x Duke’s
Delight x Sunny Gulf x Blue Cross x Coventry Belle


The cross with Spectrum has added value, through the close 4x3 kin-link of Sunny Valley and Edinburgh, which can be explained:

Sunny Valley’s sire Val de Loir is very close kin to Edinburgh’s grandam Country House, both by Vieux Manoir and both with Carpet Slipper as their 3rd dam.

Sunny Valley’s dam Sunland is very close kin to Edinburgh’s sire Charlottown, as both are by Charlottesville out of mares who have full siblings close up.

Added to this can be Gr1 winner and Gr1 sire Dutch Art whose dam is Spectrum mare Halland Park Lass, kinbred 4x4 Sunny Valley x Silken Glider (the latter a daughter of Carpet Slipper).

The Spectrum connection adds more, noted in the kin-breeding of Golan (above).

Spectrum is a grandson of Blushing Groom, whose third dam Emali is full sister to Red Ray, the third dam of Mill Reef, who appears in the female line as sire of Shirley Heights.

Mill Reef (Never Bend) is kinbred 3x3 Be Faithful x Red Ray.
Shirley Heights (Mill Reef) is kinbred 4x3x3 Red Ray x Harvest Maid x Blue Cross.
Hence the interest in Golan’s kin-breeding: 6x6x6x6x7 Emali x Duke’s Delight x Sunny Gulf x Blue Cross x Coventry Belle.


Since Coventry Belle is much the same as her half sister Dalmary (female line ancestor of Sadler’s Wells) and gives the same kin-links, this goes some way to explain the conventional wisdom which finds an affinity of Sadler’s Wells with mares by Mill Reef/Shirley Heights.

Apart from Spectrum and his sire, the family has progeny by Sadler’s Wells, notably Sadler’s Rock (TFR 125) and the dams of US G1 winner Tannery and Gr2 winner Excellent Result.

Sadler’s Wells, explained earlier, is from the female line of Carpet Slipper’s half sister Dalmary. Sadler’s Wells also appears in the male half of the pedigree of Potala Palace. His sire Singspiel is by In The Wings, who is by Sadler’s Wells out of Shirley Heights mare High Hawk. Shirley Heights also is the sire of Potala Palace’grandam Scot’s Lass, who turns out to be close kin to High Hawk.

Where from Here

Spectrum mares ought to have a bite at this cherry, as should those with Spectrum’s sire Rainbow Quest, or other of the latter’s sons, like Saumarez and Baroon.

The female line descendants of Carpet Slipper can be found in Reform, who is second damsire of Tara’s Halls (by Sadler’s Wells’ full brother Fairy King). Then there’s Antonius Pius, whose grandam Catawba is by Mill Reef out of Reform mare Catalpa. Reform’s full sister Knighton House is grandam of Tamburlaine, and dam of Hauser.

Female line descendants of Carpet Slipper’s half sister Dalmary come to light through Sadler’s Wells, Fairy King, Nureyev, Golden Thatch (and others).

The Sadler’s Wells connection can be spun out in a variety of ways.

Fort Wood is by Sadler’s Wells out of Fall Aspen, whose dam Change Water is by Swaps. Potala Palace’s sire Singspiel has as his 3rd dam Miss Swapsco, whose dam Soaring is by Swaps. Change Water is close kin to both Miss Swapsco and Soaring. This brings Fort Wood firmly into the picture, together with close relatives (such as Kabool) and sons (such as Dynasty, Horse Chestnut).

Another interesting one is Braashee, who is by Sadler’s Wells, and kinbred through his grandam, 3x2 Special x Fighting. That female line also links through Potala Palace’ female line to Coventry Belle.

Singspiel is a half brother to sires Rahy (by Blushing Groom) and Rakeen (sire of Jet Master). This is also the female line of Parade Leader, whose grandam Far Beyond is close kin to Miss Swapsco. All of these could be of interest, especially if there are additional bottom female line kin-links.

Rahy is damsire of Giant’s Causeway, for future reference noted as sire of Await The Dawn whose grandam Shirley Valentine is by Shirley Heights from the female line of Rainbow Quest. Also for future another son of Giant’s Causeway, Eightfold Path, whose grandam Myth To Reality is by Sadler’s Wells out of a full sister to Shirley Heights.

Giant’s Causeway also leads to Excellent Result (TFR 112), whose dam Line Ahead is a half sister (by Sadler’s Wells) to Potala Palace. The sire of Excellent Result is Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway), whose bottom female line is also the one of Spectrum, tracing to Sunny Gulf.

Fish where the fish are, indeed.

Pick of the Bunch

Suitable mares for Potala Palace could include

  • Lines which have been successful with his female line, including Spectrum and his sire Rainbow Quest (Saumarez, Baroon), Sadler’s Wells (widespread, but notably Fort Wood & sons (Dynasty, Horse Chestnut) and others from Fort Wood’s female line (Kabool, Hobb Alwahtan, Hinton Wells, Martinelli, Medaaly, etc), Braashee, Casey Tibbs);
  • Carpet Slipper female line descendants, including Reform and full sister Knighton House (Tara’s Halls, Antonius Pius, Tamburlaine);
  • Dalmary female line descendants, including Sadler’s Wells (widespread), Fairy King (Tara’s Halls, Almushtarak), Nureyev (widespread), Thatch (Golden Thatch, Thatching (Restructure, Badger’s Drift, the latter’s dam by Thatching out of 3-part sister to Blushing Groom));
  • Singspiel’s female line descendants, including Rakeen (Jet Master), Rahy (Giant’s Causeway), Parade Leader;
  • Mill Reef and son Shirley Heights (including Casey Tibbs, Antonius Pius, Almushtarak); etc.

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