Chepardo, a son of Drakenstein Stud’s leading sire Trippi, made it two out of two when maintaining his undefeated record at Turffontein on Thursday.
A winner on debut when scoring by a length and a half, the Alec Laird trained gelding made it quick double with a gutsy win over 1200m and the lightly raced Chepardo looks to have his share of potential.
Bred by Highlands Farm (also responsible for Trippi’s top class performers Agra, Speedy Suzy, Tiger Territory and Trip To Heaven), Chepardo was a R350 000 purchase at the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
His sire is enjoying yet another fine season with his local winners including G2 World Sports Betting Jo’burg Spring Challenge winner Trip To Heaven, G3 Diana Stakes winner Inara, and G2 Victory Moon Stakes winner and recent G1 Sansui Summer Cup runner up Deo Juvente. The latter has been entered in the 2016 R2.5 million J&B Met.
Trippi is also the broodmare sire of the exceptional US performer Liam’s Map, who has been retired to stand at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky for a first-year fee of $25 000. Liam’s Map, out of Trippi’s Breeders Cup placed daughter Miss Macy Sue, won both the G1 Woodward Stakes and G1 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile in 2015 and earned more than $1,3 million in prize money.
Currently South African’s leading sire by prize money (his runners have already earned over R5 million this season), Trippi is represented on both the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in January and the following month’s Val De Via Sale.
His Premier Sale draft of ten include a colt of feature race winner Las Ramblas (Lot2), a filly bred on the same terms as G1 winner Afrikaburn (Lot 113), and a colt out of Jet Master’s outstanding, multiple G1 winning daughter Ebony Flyer (Lot 197).
Trippi’s sole lot on offer at Val De Vie is a colt whose dam is a three time winning daughter of Western Winter and champion Whistling Dixie (Lot 8).