Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Trippi has been enjoying a dream run of success this season. The sire of inaugural CTS Million Dollar hero Illuminator (likely to be pointed towards Gr1 contests in KZN), has been represented by no fewer than four winners since Tuesday, and he also made international headlines on Thursday.
Trippi’s son Liquid Mercury looked most impressive when picking up his first Dubai win (at just the second time of asking) at Meydan on Thursday night.
The striking grey four-year-old, winner of last season’s Gr3 Winter Derby, was an impressive winner of the Gulf News Sport Handicap –despite jockey Christophe Soumillon riding 1kgs overweight.
Liquid Mercury, who had looked unlucky when beaten under two lengths on his Dubai debut, hit the front with 300m left to run before drawing clear to register a fluent one and a half length win.
Winning trainer Mike de Kock was delighted with his charge’s win, saying after the race, “Liquid Mercury is turning out to be a good buy for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and thanks to Joey Ramsden who gave us confidence to acquire the horse last year. He’s also been very helpful with advice since.
“Liquid Mercury is a sound and honest horse and he’s settled in nicely here in the desert. I told Christophe he could ride it 1kg overweight as I knew it was too light for him. We believed Liquid Mercury was much better than rated and having the stable jockey ride him was preferred, even if he was overweight.”
In the process, the flashy four-year-old, who had previously finished third in last year’s Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, picked up the sixth win of his career and Liquid Mercury (likely to contest a feature in the future) looks most unlikely to stop here.
Bred by Drakenstein Stud, Liquid Mercury, a full brother to the classy Trippi filly Trip Poker, was a R775 000 buy from the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
His sensational sire, Trippi, has one lot on offer at Sunday’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale, while breeders’ Drakenstein Stud’s eight strong draft at that sale include yearlings by their exciting resident sires Philanthropist, Trippi and multiple Equus Champion What A Winter –whose first yearlings have proven very popular and sold for up to R850 000 at the recent Cape Premier Yearling Sale.