Trippi dominates top sprint
Progeny of Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Trippi completely dominated the finish to Saturday’s Gr3 Lebelo Sprint at Turffontein.
Trip Tease (Trippi) won the R250 000 race from dead heaters Tiger Territory (Trippi) and Trip To Heaven (Trippi) – giving their sire a remarkable trifecta in this important sprint race.
The top three finishers in the Lebelo are all Cape bred thoroughbreds – with Trip Tease having been bred by Zandvliet Stud, and Highlands responsible for the dead heaters, Trip To Heaven and Tiger Territory.
Trip Tease, who was debuting for new owner Mario Ferreira in the Lebelo, has been a tremendous buy for his trainer Louis Goosen.
Saturday’s win was the second Graded victory of the gelding’s career, which has seen the 4yo win eight of his last races and Trip Tease is yet to run unplaced in 13 outings.
Now a four time stakes winner, the versatile Trip Tease (who has scored eight of his nine victories over 1000m) has won features on both sand and turf – and has earned over R800 000 (and counting!) in stakes.
He must rate a leading contender for the Gr1 Computaform Sprint, as well as one of the most consistent racehorses currently active on the South African turf.
Saturday was certainly a great one for Trippi, whose son Deo Juvente made a stunning, winning debut for trainer Geoff Woodruff. The 3yo gelding pulled well clear off his field to make an impressive two and a half length winning debut in the style of a horse with a bright future. A really well related horse, Deo Juvente was a R500 000 purchase at the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Trippi has a stunning crop of 3yos this season, which include the above mentioned Trip To Heaven, the Grade 1 performers Afrikaburn and One Fine Day, the highly rated Liquid Mercury, Listed Gardenia Handicap heroine Ha Lucy and Gr1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas second Inara – to name but a few.
Deo Juvente looks another above average sophomore for his red hot sire for sure!
While the Gr3 race was a great result for Trippi, it is not the first time that his progeny have fought out the finish to a South African feature.
Last year, saw the Trippi sired juveniles Afrikaburn and One Fine Day finish1-2 in the Grade 1 Durban Golden Horseshoe, while Trippi fillies Hammie’s Hooker and Trip Poker finished 1-3 in the Listed Irridescence Stakes of 2012.
Trippi, whose offspring have earned over $50 million to date, has enjoyed a superb start to the 2014-2015. The son of End Sweep, who currently ranks third on the South African general sires log and sits atop of the 2yo sires log at the time of writing, has been represented by three stakes winners, who have won five black type races in 2014-2015.
His good form could well continue on L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate day at Kenilworth this Saturday.
Trippi has runners in all of the Gr2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap (Night Trip), Gr3 Julius Baer Politician Stakes (Liquid Mercury), Gr1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (Hammie’s Hooker, Shingwedzi, Inara) and Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.