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Katak Romps To Legal Eagle Win

Trainer Piet Steyn, and fellow owners Marsh Shirtliff and Bryn Ressell look to have a very smart prospect on their hands in the form of unbeaten three-year-old Katak.

The latter made it four wins from as many outings with a cosy success in the G3 Abe Bloomberg Legal Eagle Stakes (1800m) at Kenilworth on Tuesday.

Katak, who was trying the 1800m trip for the first time, was all the rage for Tuesday’s race for 3yos, and duly jumped as the 5-10 tote favourite.

Positioned just off the early pace by jockey Greg Cheyne, the Potala Palace (pictured below) colt hit the front 200m from home and held off a game late challenge from Super Silvano (12-1) to score his second consecutive graded win by three parts of a length.

Gallant runner up Super Silvano finished another three lengths clear of third place getter Silver Host (8-1), with 80-1 shot Bayberry running on for fourth.

A five and a half length winner of the G3 Kuda Variety Club Mile at his previous start, Katak made it four wins from as many starts by landing Tuesday’s feature in a time of 114.42.

Katak is the third graded stakes winner, following Palace Of Dreams and Singforafa, to have emerged from G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Potala Palace (by Singspiel)’s second crop.

South African racing’s latest star was produced by the three time winning Windrush mare Sapphire Silk.

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