Drakenstein Stud’s resident champion sire Trippi went close to enjoying a very big day indeed at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Not only was Trippi responsible for two impressive looking winners on the day, but his sons Herodotus and Crome Yellow finished second in the G2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap and G3 Heineken Chairman’s Cup respectively.
Trippi’s first success on Saturday came when his three-year-old son Namaqualand, making just his second racecourse appearance, got off the mark in impressive style.
Bred by Drakenstein Stud in partnership with Avontuur, the regally bred Namaqualand ran out a clear-cut three-parts of a length winner over 1600m, while scoring for jockey Aldo Domeyer and trainer Sean Tarry.
Out of the Var mare Schiffer, Namaqualand had been fourth over 1200m at his only previous start.
Tarry also saddled Trippi’s second winner on Saturday, when top sprinter Chimichuri Run downed some of the country’s best speedsters to land a pinnacle stakes over 1000 metres. Also bred by Drakenstein, four-year-old Chimichuri Run claimed his fifth win when downing G1 winners Pacific Trader, Bold Respect and champion Kasimir to land the Design Indaba Pinnacle Stakes by three-parts of a length.
Winner of last season’s G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint, Chimichuri Run is likely to run next in the G1 Cape Flying Championship on Sun Met day. His win on Saturday took Chimichuri Run’s earnings to R1 624 875.
South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2015-2016, Trippi is currently responsible for 75 stakes winners, headed by G1 winners Inara, Real Princess, Deo Juvente, For The Lads, R Heat Lightning, Chimichuri Run, Lobo’s Legend, and Africaburn.
The son of End Sweep has 12 lots on the upcoming Cape Premier Yearling Sale, with Trippi’s draft headed by yearlings out of the G1 winners Ash Cloud, Chestnuts N Pearls and champion Val De Ra.