Trip To Heaven, a son of Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi, picked up the fourth graded win of his career when romping to a 3.75 length win in Saturday’s G2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes at Kenilworth.
The Highlands Farms Stud bred five-year-old (who had previously finished first past the post in the G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge last season), was a class above his 11 rivals, leaving dual Merchants winner Tevez, recent G2 World Sports Betting Cape Merchants hero Search Party and G1 Mercury Sprint winner Red Ray all in his wake.
Trip To Heaven, who holds an entry in the G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship on Sun Met day, has now won seven times with Saturday’s G2 win pushing his earnings to over R1.5 million.
Trip To Heaven’s impressive victory continued the great run of form that Trippi sired runners have enjoyed in Cape features this season. Previously, Trippi’s son Gold Standard won the G2 Selangor Cup and finished second in the G1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas, and Trippi filly Live Life lifted the G2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes just eight days earlier to Trip To Heaven’s G2 win.
Trip To Heaven, one of three winners on the weekend for his sire, has now won three on the bounce, having previously beaten subsequent G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Legal Eagle over 1160m before going on to land the G2 The Citizen Merchants for a second time.
His sire Trippi, also responsible for brilliant recent 2yo winner Punta Cana, is the sire of 66 stakes winners to date, with his top runners including five time G1 winner Inara, Equus Champion Hammie’s Hooker, and G1 winners R Heat Lightning, Afrikaburn, For The Lads and Real Princess. Another of his sons, former G1 Sansui Summer Cup runner up Deo Juvente, nearly gave Trippi a graded double this weekend when just beaten into second in the G3 London News Stakes. He has now banked over R1 000 000 –and looks sure to pick up another decent prize before too long.
Trippi has 13 lots on offer at this week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, including a colt out of Dynasty’s G2 winner Demanding Lady (Lot 32), a filly out of Fillies Guineas winner Gibraltar Blue (Lot 70), a three parts brother to multiple stakes winner Night Trip (Lot 139) and a colt out of G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Spiced Gold (Lot 192).