Trippi, Dynasty dominate Met day
Two Cape stallions, Highlands Farm’s Dynasty and Drakenstein Stud’s Trippi, dominated proceedings at Kenilworth on Saturday’s J&B Met day.
The two sires have both enjoyed magnificent seasons in 2014-2015, and currently rate first and second on the general sires list. At the time of writing, Dynasty’s runners have won no fewer than 10 black type races this season, with Trippi sired runners having captured seven.
With a number of promising 3yos and some impeccably bred 2yos to their credit, both stallions look on course for more feature race success as the season progresses.
Both sires had a pair of winners apiece on Saturday, with Dynasty’s son Futura winning the day’s big race, the R2.5 million J&B Met, while Trippi’s daughter, Inara, landed the spoils in the Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes.
Dynasty had 12 runners on the day (including two in the Met), which included a pair of impressive winners, and while six other Dynasty sired progeny finished in the money on Met day.
The former Horse Of The Year is the sire of Act Of War and Arniston, who finished 2-4 in the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby (a race Dynasty himself won back in 2003), while another son Dynastic Power ran fourth in the final race on Met day – the Gr2 JandB Urban Honey Reserve Stayers over 2800m.
Dynasty is also the sire of the very promising 3yo Line Break, who made it three wins from just four starts when landing the spoils in race two – a MR 96 handicap over 1200m. Bred by Daytona Stud, Line Break was a R210 000 buy from the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
However, it was Futura’s win in the Gr1 J&B Met which was the cherry on the top for Dynasty and his many supporters on Saturday. The Guy Murdoch bred colt took his tally of Grade 1 wins to three, following his emphatic two and a quarter length victory, and Futura looks to be an exceptionally exciting future stud prospect in the making.
A R500 000 buy from the 2012 National Yearling Sale, Futura’s win on Saturday pushed his earnings over the R3 million mark and took his tally of wins to seven from just 11 outings. He came into the Met having captured last month’s Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate in smashing style, while his wins last year included the Gr1 Beach Beauty Champions Cup.
Like Dynasty, Trippi has an exceptional crop of 3yos to his credit this season, with one of the stars being his charismatic daughter Inara.
Winner of the Gr1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes last time out, the Drakenstein Stud owned and bred Inara made it two wins on the trot when she scored a courageous and narrow win over the brilliant Cold As Ice in Saturday’s Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, with some classy older fillies and mares further back.
Her sire Trippi had no fewer than three runners in the R1 million Majorca Stakes, with his former Fillies Guineas second Lanner Falcon running on strongly for fifth and his millionaire daughter Hammie’s Hooker (who had been second in the same race last year) enjoying a somewhat less than perfect trip in the 1600m contest.
The son of End Sweep had 12 runners on Met day, and a pair of winners in Inara and the really impressive Triptique.
Bred by Moutonshoek, the handsome Triptique made it three wins on the bounce when lugging top weight to victory in a handicap over 1200m. The Dennis Drier trained colt looks a really smart sprinter in the making and is yet another classy sort to have emerged from Trippi’s current crop of 3yos.
This crop also includes Liquid Mercury, who put up a smashing effort to run third in Saturday’s Gr1 Investec Cape Derby.
In the process, the flashy Drakenstein Stud bred grey became the 11th stakes horse to emerge from Trippi’s 2011 foal crop (which also includes R1.325 million earner Zambezi River) following his third in Saturday’s R1 million classic.
A winner of four on the bounce previously, Liquid Mercury is yet to finish out of the money in seven outings. He is one of 11 local Grade horses sired by Trippi, whose other top flight performers include Afrikaburn, For The Lads, Hammie’s Hooker, Lanner Falcon and the above mentioned Inara.
While he is best known as a superior sire of sprinter-milers, Trippi is capable of siring horses who stay further, see Liquid Mercury. His daughter Shingwedzi put up a bold effort when running on strongly, over 2800m, to finish third in the Gr2 JandB Urban Honey Stayers on Saturday and she could be a force to reckon with in some of the country’s better staying contests this season.
While Dynasty and Trippi dominated proceedings at Kenilworth on Saturday, Cape sires in general fared well. Of the 12 races, eight were won by progeny of stallions who either had stood in the Cape or who currently stand here. All of Horse Chestnut (Balkan), Count Dubois (Swannee Rose), Jet Master (Ultimate Dollar), and Captain Al (Captain America) had winners on J&B Met day suggesting Western Cape sire power is as potent as ever.