Dubai success for Trippi
Drakenstein Stud’s red hot sire Trippi had an eye catching Dubai winner this past Saturday when the Wilgerbosdrift owned Journeyman prevailed over1600m at Meydan.
Trained by Mike de Kock, Journeyman ran on strongly to win the Xpress Handicap under Johnny Geroudis. It was an impressive first Dubai success for the 4yo gelding, who came from well off the pace to win going away, and he does not look like stopping here.
Bred by the Roski Stud, Journeyman also provided his conditioner Mike de Kock with a welcome birthday present.
“He ran really well here when second two weeks ago,” said Geroudis. “That was over a bit further but this 1600m probably suits him better. We were hopeful coming into the race and I was pretty confident I was going to get there in the final 100m.
“It is great to ride Mike a winner on his birthday.”
Out of the Rambo Dancer mare Rambo’s Love, Journeyman, who was a 2yo of rare promise, who had been second time last time out, was a R900 000 buy from the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Third in the Gr2 Umkhomazi Stakes at two, Journeyman is one of seven stakes horses produced from Trippi’s 2010 foal crop, a crop which also includes
Gr1 Golden Slipper winner For The Lads, the tough as teak sprinter Trip Tease, and the high class Grade 1 fillies Lanner Falcon and Not Sulking.
A son of End Sweep, and grandson of the great Forty Niner, Trippi has been represented by 49 individual stakes winners to date, with his tally including lthis season’s outstanding filly and dual Grade 1 winner Inara, Grade 1 winning 2yo Afrikaburn, as well as this season’s top class 3yos Ha Lucy and Trip To Heaven.
He is second on the South African general sires list this season, with his offspring have already amassed over R8.6 million in stakes. To date, Trippi sired runners have won seven stakes races in 2014-2015, and he is currently the leading sire of 3yos, by stakes, for the season.