Fourth Grade 1 winner for Trippi
Drakenstein Stud’s leading sire Trippi enjoyed a weekend to remember, when he was represented by his fourth individual Grade 1 winner, and had a pair of feature race winners to his credit in two different countries on one day.
Trippi, whose runners include 49 individual stakes winners, enjoyed a sensational streak at Kenilworth on Saturday. The son of End Sweep had a trio of winners on L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate day – a tally which included an eye catching 2yo winner in the form of Sunrise In Africa, who made a winning debut when scoring a half length win over 1000m. It was certainly an apt win for the Drakenstein Stud bred miss, whose victory came in the Trippi Maiden Juvenile Plate. Sunrise In Africa’s win was quickly followed up by Trippi gelding Equity Kicker who landed a dramatic BMW Pinnacle Stakes over 1000m to take his tally to three wins from his last four outings.
The highlight of the Trippi sired treble, however, was Inara, who scored a gallant win in the Grade 1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes.
Runner up in the Grade 1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas last time out, Inara prevailed in a thrilling three horse finish and got up to beat last season’s Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic winner Athina by a short neck, with the top class Jet Belle (like Inara carrying the famous Drakenstein Stud blue and white silks), another neck away in third.
Inara, who was providing jockey Grant Van Niekerk with the first Grade 1 win of his career, also provided Drakenstein Stud with their third Grade 1 win – with the farm’s previous top flight winners being Jeppe’s Reef (Gold Cup), and Afrikaburn (Golden Horseshoe).
Inara was one of three Trippi sired runners in the Paddock Stakes (South Africa’s premier event for fillies and mares) with his other representatives including the brilliant millionaire Hammie’s Hooker.
It was a cracking win from Inara who had to overcome a wide draw (13) as well as some of the country’s best fillies and mares, and Saturday’s victory pushed the 3yo’s earnings to just under R1 million.
She was one of a pair of feature race winners for her sire on Saturday – with Trippi’s 4yo son On This Rock landing the Hachiman Sprint in Zimbabwe, while yet another Trippi son, Night Trip, ran third in the Gr2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap at Kenilworth.
Trippi, the first stallion this season to have three juvenile winners, is currently South Africa’s leading sire of 2yos (by stakes) and also currently ranks second on the general sires log.
This season alone, Trippi has been represented by no fewer than 10 black type performers, and was recently represented by the trifecta in the Gr3 Lebelo Sprint.
The Drakenstein Stud resident is well represented at the 2015 Keeneland January Horses Of All Ages Sale. Trippi has three lots on offer at the sale, which starts on Monday. Trippi’s three daughters on sale include Gabbywitha G, a champion in Puerto Rico who won no fewer than 18 races. She sells as a broodmare prospect and has been catalogued as lot 293.
Trippi’s other daughters on sale include the US stakes winner Pure And Simple (Lot 435) who sells in foal to Gr1 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy, and the stakes placed mare Seal Jane (Lot 880), who is in foal to Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown.