Drakenstein Stud’s resident stallion Trippi is enjoying a magnificent season this year. To date, the son of End Sweep has been represented by 10 black type winners in South Africa during the 2014-2015 season, with Trippi’s offspring having picked up 13 individual stakes races.
Among the races won by Trippi sired runners this season are the G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes, G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, G2 Stronach Group Racing Merchants, G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes, G3 Lebelo Sprint, G3 Pretty Polly Stakes, G3 Prix Du Cap, Listed Nkosazana Stakes, Listed Gardenia Handicap, Listed Golden Loom Handicap and the Listed East Cape Sprint Cup.
His most recent stakes winner (and 54th overall) was Sunset Tripp, victorious in Sunday’s Listed RTT Sweet Chestnut Stakes at Kenilworth.
Currently second only to Dynasty on the general sires log, Trippi also takes high rank on the 2yo sires log, and is currently fourth on that premiership.
Trippi looks to have yet another cracking sort on his hands in the form of the Joe Soma trained 4yo Graduation Day.
Bred by Klawervlei and racing in the famed Markus and Ingrid Jooste silks, Graduation Day made it two wins from just three outings when skating home to win by three and a quarter lengths at the Vaal on Thursday.
The lightly raced gelding, who had broken his maiden by over 11 lengths second time out, simply outclassed his rivals to win a MR 78 handicap over 1200 at the somewhat prohibitive odds of 1-3, and Graduation Day looks one to keep an eye on this season.
The son of Trippi could well live up to his R800 000 purchase tag at the 2012 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book 1), with Graduation Day looking a potentially exciting prospect, and yet another potential top class performer for his sire Trippi.