Drakenstein Stud’s resident sires are enjoying a tremendous run of success this year and their flagship sire Trippi was at it again over the weekend.
The son of End Sweep was represented by no fewer than five winners this past weekend, with a number of Trippi’s weekend winners looking set for bigger things during the season.
Trippi, whose runners include the recently crowned East Cape Horse Of The Year Sir Trippi, kicked off the weekend in fine style when he had a double at Fairview with My Friend Fred and Egregious on Friday.
He made it a quick treble when the Alistair Gordon trained Triptronic broke his maiden at Greyville over 1200m.
Trippi’s tally reached five on Saturday when Trip To Heaven and Fifty Cents won their respective heats at Turffontein and Durbanville respectively. The Sean Tarry trained Trip To Heaven was particularly impressive, as he lost a shoe at the start, and made a hash of the start. Despite this, the former G2 Merchants winner was too classy for his field and ran on well to win a graduation plate over 1200m.
Bred by Highlands Farm, Trip To Heaven looks set to contest some of the bigger sprint prizes this season where he looks sure to give a good account of himself. The colt, who is owned by Chris Van Niekerk and Markus Jooste, was a R1.4 million buy from the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book 1).
Another son of Trippi who caught the eye over the weekend is the Justin Snaith trained Fifty Cents. Bred by Drakenstein Stud and owned by Caroline Rupert, the handsome bay made it two wins on the trot when winning a handicap over 1300m at Durbanville. Fifty Cents has now won or placed in all four of his outings, and his trainer is keen to put him away with a long term view to contesting a number of better races with the colt.
Trippi, whose progeny have earned in excess of $50 million worldwide, ended 2014-2015 as South Africa’s Leading Sire of 3YOS (by stakes) and he is clearly gotten off to another flyer. At the time of writing, Trippi runners have already won 21 races this season and counting!
He has two lots on offer at CTS’s Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale – a colt from the wonderfully successful Enchanting family responsible for champions Harry’s Charn and National Currency (Lot 12), and a filly from the family of champions Fanfreluche, L’Enjoleur and Holy Roman Emperor as well as leading sires Flying Spur and Encosta De Lago (Lot 192).