Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi made headlines at Turffontein on Saturday when his son Lobo’s Legend landed the G1 SA Classic, at the expense of some of South Africa’s top three-year-olds.
Trained by Joey Soma, the Klawervlei Stud bred Lobo’s Legend picked up the first G1 win of his career when storming home to post a 1.5 length win in the R2 000 000 SA Classic, when beating G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes winner Surcharge comfortably.
It was another neck away to G1 Forus Cape Guineas third Like A Panther, who ran third.
Ridden to victory by Muzi Yeni, Lobo’s Legend became South Africa’s latest equine millionaire with his facile classic win. The lightly raced colt, a winner of two of six outings, has now banked R1 360 275 in prize money.
Lobo’s Legend, a R400 000 purchase from the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, is one of several high-class 3yos representing his sire this year.
Trippi’s other notable sophomores in 2017-2018 include G1 Forus Cape Guineas second White River, BSA August Million hero Broadway Trip, Cape Classic third Cot Campbell, and Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes winner and millionaire Miss Katalin.
Trippi went close to making waves in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres on Saturday.
The son of End Sweep is broodmare sire of top class US Miss Sunset (Into Mischief), was beaten a nose into second in the G1 Madison Stakes, run over 1400m at Keeneland on Saturday. The talented four-year-old has won nine times (eight of her wins coming in stakes races) with Miss Sunset’s prize money standing at just under $800 000.
South Africa’s Champion Sire in 2015-2016, Trippi has two lots on this week’s April Yearling Sale-a full-sister to Listed Storm Bird Stakes winner Flying Myth (Lot 7), and a colt out of Fillies Guineas second Generous Anna (Lot 104).
The sire of seven G1 winners, and counting, Trippi also has eight lots on the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, including an brother to Winter Derby hero and Dubai winner Liquid Mercury (Lot 37), a full-brother to G1 winning two-year-old Afrikaburn (Lot 91), and a colt out of G1 SA Oaks winner Ash Cloud (Lot 95).