Drakenstein sires continue to fire!
Drakenstein Stud’s two resident stallions, Trippi and Horse Chestnut, have been in tremendous form recently.
Trippi, whose daughters Diva’s Daughter and Lanner Falcon provided him with a double two weeks ago, had another double at Durbanville on Wednesday afternoon.
Again it was two talented fillies which put their sire in the spotlight. The Mike Bass trained Mysterio, owned and bred by Rennie Price, made a winning debut in the first race, justifying the high regard in which the 3yo is held.
Following Mysterio’s success in the first race, another Trippi won the second at Durbanville! This time it was the turn of the talented, but wayward, filly Cape Sugarbird. A R300 000 buy at last year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, the Drakenstein Stud bred Cape Sugarbird overcame a poor start to take her tally to two wins from three outings with a convincing one and a half length win in a fillies and mares handicap over 1000m.
Trippi, whose offspring have earned over $46 000 000 and include over 40 stakes winners, stands the 2013 season for a fee of R120 000.
Local legend, Horse Chestnut, has really made an eye catching start with his first crop of 3yos. Last Saturday, his son, Gold Prospector, took top honours in the R125 000 Sophomore Sprint on Emerald Cup day beating, ironically, a Trippi son, Tiger Territory, into second place. Now a winner of three four starts, Gold Prospector is regarded as a classic prospect by his trainer, Paul Matchett. He was bred by Messrs Joliffe and Kidd.
The champion had another highly regarded son win at Durbanville on Wednesday. Set Your Sights, who had run an excellent second on debut, was sent out a prohibitive 9-20 shot to land a maiden over 1400m and duly obliged. A horse with a big action, the Avontuur bred Set Your Sights is well regarded by the Ramsden yard, and this half-brother to speedy filly Valdivia looks a horse with a future. Set Your Sights is out of River Divine – a daughter of champion miler and world leading sire Irish River. He was a R300 000 buy at last year’s National Sale – a sale which has produced a number of leading lights.
Arguably the greatest horse ever bred in South Africa, the former Horse of the Year, Horse Chestnut, stands for a 2013 stud fee of R15 000.