Drakenstein Stud’s champion resident sire Trippi enjoyed a notable double at Kenilworth on Thursday afternoon.
Trippi’s double was highlighted by the impressive debut win of daughter Sugar Girl, who scored first time out for trainer Dean Kannemeyer.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift, Sugar Girl showed her rivals a clean pair of heels when skating home to win by two lengths over 1200m and she joins the likes of Broadway Trip, and Mawsoof as unbeaten sophomores representing Trippi in 2017-2018.
Other promising 3yos for Trippi this season include G3 Cape Classic third Cot Campbell and White River, a winner of two of his only three outings to date. Both Broadway Trip and White River are runners in next weekend’s G2 Selangor Cup.
Sugar Girl, formerly known as Lara Yara, was the top lot sold off the 2016 National Yearling Sale, where the Trippi filly was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R2 500 000.
The Kannemeyer yard also saddled Trippi’s talented four-year-old son Summer Sky to score a thrilling win in a blanket finish to Kenilworth’s seventh race on Thursday over 1400 metres. In the process, Summer Sky notched up his fourth win, with the gelding having won or placed in nine of his 14 races.
Summer Sky is a full-brother to G3 Umkhomazi Stakes winning filly One Fine Day, who also ran second to her paternal half-brother Afrikaburn in the 2014 G1 Golden Horseshoe.
The sire of 68 stakes winners, including recent Listed Golden Loom Handicap hero Graduation Day, Trippi will be represented by R3.7 million earner Live Life in Saturday’s Listed Laisserfaire Stakes at Kenilworth this weekend.