Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi, whose ill-fated son Illuminator won the inaugral CTS Million Dollar last year, was back in the winners enclosure after the running of the $500 000 CTS Sprint on Sun Met day at Kenilworth on Saturday.
This time, it was the turn of Trippi’s G2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes winning daughter Live Life (who accounted for subsequent G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship winner Carry On Alice last time out) to score in a major sales race.
One of two big race winners on the day for trainer Candice Bass-Robinson, Live Life Coming from some lengths off the inside group, recent Gr2 winner Live Life demonstrated her serious ability – and plenty of acceleration – when she was switched sharply from behind the Gr1 winner Always In Charge by jockey Grant van Niekerk and went past the smart Captain Al colt like he was standing still, to win going away
In the process, the filly (who had six feature race winners behind her) took home the first cheque for R3 300 000 for owners Hunkydory Investments.
Bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, Live Life was a R2 500 000 buy from the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. She has now banked more than R3.7 million, having won four of just nine outings and looks unlikely to stop here!
She is bred on the highly successful Trippi/National Assembly cross, responsible also for such high class fillies as Agra and Franny.
Her sire Trippi went close to enjoying a massive day on Sun Met day this weekend, with his son Trip To Heaven a close, and unlucky, loser of the G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship, and another son, the 3yo Gold Standard, a close up fourth in the R5 000 000 Sun Met itself.
The bang in-form sire Trippi, who is currently South Africa’s third leading sire by prize money for the season, recently made headlines in the sales ring, when his son Charles topped the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. The Drakenstein bred colt was knocked down for R6 000 000 –equally the top price ever paid for a yearling sold at public auction in South Africa.