Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi had yet another weekend to remember. The son of End Sweep was represented by no fewer than five individual winners, capped by his son Gold Standard’s magnificent win in Saturday’s G2 Selangor Cup.
Gold Standard, who was making it three wins on the bounce when victorious in the 1600m feature, has now won or placed in all five outings for owners Chrigor Stud.
Bred by Carl and Amanda de Vos, the regally bred colt (who was coming off a victory in the Listed Racing Association Stakes), was given a superb ride by jockey Richard Fourie.
Fourie bought Gold Standard from the rear of the field to win going away –and claim a BSA Added Value Stakes Bonus of R102 500 in the process.
Trained by Glen Kotzen, Gold Standard will now be aimed at the Cape classics, with connections feeling he is very much a G1 Investec Cape Derby contender.
Gold Standard, who is out of the Model Man mare Olympic Dam, was the fifth top lot sold at the inaugural Val De Vie Yearling Sale, where he fetched R725 000.
His sire, South Africa’s champion sire last season, was also represented a pair of winners at Fairview the day before, where Trippi’s sons Cardinal and Reef Road both won their respective races.
Trippi had another double at Kenilworth on Saturday when Gregorian Chant added to Gold Standard’s feature win, with his fifth winner coming at Turffontein on Sunday, when daughter Turn Back Time saluted under Frankie Dettori.
The sire of 65 stakes winners (and over 120 stakes horses), Trippi looks well on track to mount another strong challenge for the South African Sires Title this season.