Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Trippi has been enjoying a great run of form lately, and his son Happy Pills became his latest debut winner when making a successful introduction to racing at the Vaal on Tuesday.
Trained by Mike Azzie, the 3yo Happy Pills, a well supported 9-2 shot, outclassed his more experienced rivals to register an emphatic four and a three quarter length debut win –and this Adiraan and Rika Van Vuuren owned colt can certainly build on this first up effort.
Bred by the Gary Player Stud Farm, Happy Pills (who is out of the Al Mufti mare Torrential Rain) was a R175 000 purchase from the 2015 CTS Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa.
Happy Pills is the latest three-year-old to score for his sire Trippi. Last season’s Champion Sire’s other impressive recent sophomore winners include Listed Racing Association Stakes winner Gold Standard (who has been entered in the G2 Selangor Cup), debut winner Dawnbreaker, and promising filly California Girl –a winner of two of her three starts to date.
He also very nearly made history this past weekend, with his maternal grandson, Not This Time (by Giant’s Causeway) beaten just a neck in Saturday’s G1 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Not This Time, whose previous wins included an 8.75 length romp in the G3 Iroquois Stakes, now looks a leading contender for next year’s US classics.
Trippi will be represented by a pair of fillies in Saturday’s R150 000 Laisserfaire Stakes (Live Life and Trip To India), while another daughter, Kilauea, will take part in Saturday’s Listed Gardenia Stakes at Turffontein.
The champion, who was recently represented by his 65th individual stakes winner has just one lot on the upcoming CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale:
Lot 12 – a half sister to 2 winners (one of whom won four), this filly is out of a winning half sister to G1 winning 2yo Exhilaration and hails from the same family as G1 Vodacom Durban July winner Power King, and the G1 winning siblings Malteme and Wendywood