Drakenstein Stud’s sensational sire Trippi has made the perfect start to the 2015-2016 season.
To date, the son of End Sweep’s offspring have earned more than R1.9 million already this season and he is currently third on the General Sires List.
Trippi’s tremendous run of success continued this weekend, when his runners captured graded races at both Durbanville and Turffontein. His brilliant daughter Inara captured the third graded win of her career when landing Saturday’s Gr3 Diana Stakes at Durbanville when Trippi’s good looking son Trip To Heaven landed the spoils in the same day’s Gr2 Joburg Spring Challenge at Turffontein.
Trip To Heaven, winner of the Gr2 Stronach Group Racing Merchants last season, showed his class at Turffontein on Saturday when downing a star studded field in the Spring Challenge. Trying the 1450m trip for the first time, the colt made all the running, under jockey S’Manga Khumalo, to score by two and a half lengths from Giant’s Causeway son Bouclette Top, with Trip To Heaven’s stablemate Whiteline Fever back in third. Among the beaten field was G1 Champions Cup runner up Ice Machine (fourth), millionaire Halve The Deficit (fifth), and Gr2 Charity Mile winner Bezanova (eighth).
Bred by Highlands and owned by Markus Jooste and Chris Van Niekerk, Trip To Heaven was a R1.4 million buy (and fifth top priced colt) from the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. The colt has now won four of eight starts and been out of the money just once. A tilt at the Charity Mile or some Cape features could be on the cards for the handsome bay, who has now won two in a row, following an effortless score over 1200m last time out.
The Drakenstein Stud bred and owned Inara (a full sister to recent winner Inanna) was dispatched a hot 5-10 favourite for the R250 000 Diana Stakes (a race which has now been won by Trippi daughters in two of the past three years –champion Hammie’s Hooker having won in 2013) and duly obliged to provide her sire with a quick graded double.
It was no race for the Bass trained filly with Inara storming home to win comfortably by a length from her stablemare Come Fly With Me with Fear Not and Harvard Crimson filling the minor placings. Inara, whose five wins have netted her over R1.8 million, looks on track for another big Summer Season.
Now triple Graded winner Inara won both the Gr1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes and Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes last season and she looks on track to defend her titles this season.