Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi had another good day at the Vaal racecourse on Tuesday.
The son of End Sweep had only three runners carded for the day, but had two winners and a second!
Trippi’s 3yo daughter I Ain’t Trippin got off the mark at the third time of asking when she scored for trainer Candice Dawson over 1000 metres by half a length.
Bred by Klawervlei Stud, the filly is out of the Badger Land mare La Patoneur and is thus a full-sister to G2 Premier Trophy winner and former Met contender Paterfamilias.
Second of the Trippi runners to score was Cathedral County, who scored his fifth win, from just 10 starts, for trainer Johan Janse Van Vuuren and owner-breeder Mauritzfontein. The lightly raced four-year-old gelding was most impressive, romping to a 3.4 length win over G3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap second Greasepaint in a MR 96 handicap over 1000m (despite making a return after a layoff) and he should build on this smart win.
All five of Cathedral County’s five wins have come over 1000 metres.
Trippi, South Africa’s Champion Sire in 2015-2016, was also responsible for Return To Power who was beaten just half a length into second in Tuesday’s seventh race.
The sire of nearly 140 stakes horses, Trippi is enjoying another good season, with his notable winners including Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes winner Miss Katalin, G1 Forus Cape Guineas second White River, and Golden Loom Handicap hero Graduation Day.
He is also broodmare sire of Miss Sunset, who recorded a seven length win in Saturday’s Irish O’Brien Stakes. The daughter of Into Mischief has now recorded nine wins (in 15 outings), with seven stakes victories to her name.
The champion has two lots on next month’s April Yearling Sale, and a further eight lots on the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.