Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Trippi, who currently heads South Africa’s General Sires List, enjoyed a magnificent day last Saturday.
The magnificent son of End Sweep had no fewer than four winners on the day –and went mighty close to enjoying a graded race double –with Trippi’s 2yo daughter Dawn Calling being narrowly denied victory in the G2 Gold Circle Golden Slipper. (Another Trippi daughter, For The Lads, won the then G1 Golden Slipper back in 2013).
Trippi also had another impressive 2yo on the day –with the Sean Tarry trained Flying Myth making it two wins from just three outings when waltzing home to victory over 1160m at Turffontein. The Klawervlei Stud bred colt, who won the Listed Storm Bird Stakes on debut (over subsequent G1 SA Nursery runner up Rivarine), is one of a number of high class 2yos representing Trippi this season, with others including the above mentioned Dawn Calling, and the smart stakes performers Double Appeal and Live Life.
However, Trippi’s flagbearer on Saturday undoubtedly was his magnificent filly Inara, who picked up the fifth Grade One win of her career when victorious in the G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes leaving a star studded field of fillies and mares (including classic winners Alexis, Heaps Of Fun and Silver Mountain) in her wake.
Bred and owned by the Drakenstein Stud, the uber game Inara (one of two winners on the Greyville card for Trippi) was a deceptively easy winner of the 1600m contest, winning comfortably from talented filly Olma.
Out of the Shirley Heights mare Mountains Of Mist, Inara has now won eight (and placed a further eight times) for earnings of over R3.9 million, and she will no doubt be a most exciting prospect when eventually retiring to the paddocks.
Inara’s previous triumphs include back to back wins in the G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes, and the G1 L Jaffee Empress Club Stakes, and she has now won Grade One races in three major racing provinces.
Trippi was also popular at last week’s Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale, where his only two daughters on offer fetched R425 000 and R400 000 apiece.