1-2 for Trippi in Golden Horseshoe
Drakenstein Stud’s resident stallion Trippi has enjoyed a magnificent season in 2013-2014.
Trippi’s run of good form continued at the Vodacom Durban July meeting at Greyville on Saturday, when his offspring ran 1-2 in the Gr1 Durban Golden Horseshoe, and star daughter Hammie’s Hooker ran second in the Gr1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes.
Trippi’s brilliant 2yo son Afrikaburn stamped himself as a potential candidate for the title of Equus Champion 2YO Colt when landing the Golden Horseshoe. In accounting for Trippi filly One Fine Day, Afrikaburn, who is the second Grade 1 winner bred by Drakenstein Stud, took his unbeaten record to three.
Owned by Fred Crabbia, Afrikaburn was a R900 000 purchase at the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book 1). The unbeaten colt, who is out of the winning Peintre Celebre mare Aquatint, is a great grandson of champion sprinter Sigy, winner of the Group 1 Prix de’L Abbaye.
Runner up in the Gr1 Golden Horseshoe, One Fine Day was also bred by Drakenstein. This beautifully bred filly, third last time out in the Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship, is clearly a very talented sort, and she should win a decent feature before too long.
Hammie’s Hooker, who has now won over R1.1 million in prize money, has been a wonderful flag bearer for Trippi. The brilliant filly, who was bred by the Zandvliet Stud, had won the Gr2 Tibouchina and Gr3 Diana Stakes earlier in the season for trainer Mike Bass. In total, Hammie’s Hooker has now five features to her credit, and, although she has yet to win at the highest level, the filly has been placed in four Grade One races.
Trippi is currently seventh on the general sires log for the 2013-2014, with his runners having earned over R9.1 million this season. The son of End Sweep is also second leading sire of 2yos, and is currently the fourth leading sire (by prize money) of 3yos for the season.
The stallion has been represented by five stakes winners in South Africa this season with his tally including the aforementioned Afrikaburn and Hammie’s Hooker, as well as Punk Rocker (Gr3 Godolphin Barb Stakes), Trip Tease (Gr3 Man O’War Stakes) and Beloved Country (Devon Air Stakes).
Trippi has an exceptional crop of 2yos this season, which include Afrikaburn, One Fire Day, Punk Rocker, Beloved Country as well as the stakes placed pair of Cotton Candy and Sunset Tripp.
He has also been very popular in the sales ring this year. A Trippi filly was the joint sales topper at the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, when fetching R3.2 million, while another Trippi filly made R800 000 at the March Yearling Sale.
His popularity carried over from the Cape to Germiston where, a Trippi colt, out of National Banker, was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R1.6 million at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.