The Klawervlei bred Illuminator became the first horse to win a $1 000 000 race in Africa, when he scored in Saturday’s CTS Million Dollar at Kenilworth.
A son of Drakenstein Stud’s red hot sire Trippi, Illuminator was given a fine off the pace ride by apprentice Heavelon Van Der Hoven and the pair flew up late to deny G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas winner and favourite Silver Mountain (bred by Highlands) with Victorious Jay (bred by Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud) back in third. Another Klawervlei bred colt, Seventh Plain, finished back in fourth position.
Prize money was paid out to the tenth place finisher, with the winning rider picking up R800 000.
Illuminator, who cost just R180 000 at the 2014 March Yearling Sale, took his record to three wins from just six outings with his three parts of a length victory. Owned by Ian Robinson and Francis Carruthers, the colt had come into the race off a runner up finish in the Listed Fairview Wine Sophomore Sprint and previously had finished fourth in the G2 Selangor Cup.
The big race win pushed Illuminator’s stakes to over R8 000 000 –and he is the latest feather in the cap of his remarkable sire Trippi.
The latter truly had a day to remember on Saturday with his daughters Inara and Lanner Falcon running 1st and 3rd in the G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes on the same card. Bred and owned by Drakenstein Stud, Inara, who came into the race off a runner up finish in the G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes, made it back to back wins in the race having also triumphed in the Majorca one year earlier.
The gutsy bay has now won six of 16 outings and earned over R2.2 million.
His sire Trippi, one of South Africa’s elite stallions, capped of a remarkable few days, following a great run at last week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Trippi’s nine yearlings grossed R8,225,000 and averaged an impressive R913,888. His top priced yearling was the colt Cot Campbell, who was knocked down to John Freeman for R3.3 million. Overseas agents Amanda Skiffington and Peter and Ross Doyle picked up Trippi colts for R1.1 million apiece.
The son of End Sweep has enjoyed yet another stunning run of season on racetrack this season, with Inara’s Majorca Stakes win being the ninth black type victory won by a Trippi sired runner in 2015-2016.
Trippi is well represented at next Saturday’s G1 J&B Met meeting, where sons Trip Tease and Triptique line up in the G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship.