Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Trippi enjoyed a truly remarkable weekend- even by his own remarkable standards.
The red hot son of End Sweep had a pair of graded winners, sired the 1-3 finishers in the G2 Cape Merchants, and also had a really impressive looking debut winner at Turffontein. Truly a weekend to savour for one of South Africa’s elite stallions!
The weekend kicked off for Trippi when the Alec Laird trained Chepardo made a winning debut at Turffontein on Saturday. A horse who had clearly been showing plenty at home, the four-year-old gelding was backed 12-1 to jump a 17-10 favourite. He lived up to expectations, when running on strongly to post a convincing one and a half length win.
Bred by Highlands Farm (whose graduates having been enjoying a purple patch lately), Chepardo was a R350 000 buy at the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book 1).
Geoff Woodruff trains the beautifully bred Deo Juvente, who cost R500 000 at the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. The four-year-old suggested his purchase price may yet look cheap as he went on to land Saturday’s G2 Victory Moon Stakes by an emphatic three lengths and provide apprentice Callan Murray with his biggest win to date.
In the process, the Northfields Stud bred Deo Juvente stamped himself as a likely contender for the up-coming G1 Sansui Summer Cup.
Trippi’s sons Triptique and Zambezi River added to a tremendous weekend run of success for their sire when they finished 1-3 in Kenilworth’s biggest feature on Saturday –the G2 Cape Merchants.
In picking up the R400 000 contest, Triptique took his record to four wins (and five placings) from nine starts and earnings of over R450 000.
Himself a R300 000 buy from the same sale that Deo Juvente was purchased from, the gelded Triptique is the 16th stakes performer produced in Trippi’s current crop of four-year-olds. This crop also includes dual G1 winner and recent G3 Diana Stakes winner Inara, multiple graded winner Trip To Heaven, and G3 Winter Derby Liquid Mercury, with the latter set to continue his career in Dubai in 2016.
Trippi has now an impressive 59 individual stakes winners to his credit and his offspring have won in excess of $52 million the world over.
This total could rise substantially over the coming weeks, as Trippi is strongly represented in Saturday’s Kenilworth features. He has three runners (Illuminator, Fifty Cents, Brilliant Crimson) in the G2 Selangor Cup, his son Midnight Zone lines up in the R2.5 million Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes, while his sons Night Trip and Paterfamilias line up in the G2 Green Point Stakes.
Trippi has a superb draft on offer at Friday’s CTS Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac, including a filly from the family of leading sires Invincible Spirit and Kodiac (Lot 14), a colt out of G1 Woolavington Stakes winner Imperious Star (Lot 30), a filly out of Jet Master’s G1 winning daughter Little Miss Magic (Lot 45), and a colt out of Western Winter’s G3 winning daughter Croc Valley (Lot 173).