Drakenstein Stud’s champion resident sire Trippi had a wonderful afternoon at Hollywoodbets Durbanville on Saturday.
Not only was Trippi’s classy son Somerset Maugham awarded victory in Saturday’s Listed Hollywoodbets Settlers Trophy, Trippi was responsible for two hugely impressive three-year-old winners on Durbanville’s card this past weekend.
Five-year-old Somerset Maugham became Trippi’s 89 stakes winner when he was promoted to first in Saturday’s Settlers Trophy (2000m). Under Richard Fourie, the Justin Snaith trained gelding fought out a thrilling finish with Han Solo, with the latter finishing first past the post before being demoted to second.
One of two Trippi sons to contest the 2022 Settlers Trophy (the other being fourth place finisher Crome Yellow), Somerset Maugham took his tally of wins to four with his score in Saturday’s 2000m contest.
Bred and owned by Drakenstein Stud, Somerset Maugham had shown promise as a three-year-old when he finished third in both the G3 WSB Legal Eagle Stakes and G3 WSB Pocket Power Stakes.
The gelding is out of the G2 Ipi Tombe Challenge winner Demanding Lady, who also produced G1 Gbets Cape Derby runner up Charles to the cover of Trippi.
Somerset Maugham and Charles’s unbeaten full-brother Charles Dickens made a scintillating return to the track when running out a brilliant winner of the eighth and final race on Saturday’s card. Winner of his first two starts, including last season’s Listed TAB Somerset 1200, the Candice Bass-Robinson trained Charles Dickens simply oozed class as he sauntered home to land Saturday’s Hollywoodbets Bright Future Graduation Plate (1250m) by three and a quarter lengths.
Now unbeaten in three starts, the Drakenstein Stud bred and owned colt looks destined for bigger and better things.
Trippi had kicked off Saturday in fine style when his Drakenstein Stud bred and owned daughter Hunting Trip romped home to win the first race, the Hollywoodbets Durbanville Welcomes You Maiden Plate (F&M) in facile style. A well backed favourite, three-year-old Hunting Trip powered clear in the closing stages to win impressively by three and three-quarter lengths.
Out of the Jet Master mare Hawker Hunter, and thus bred on the same cross as champion Jet Dark, Hunting Trip had finished second on debut before finishing third, to Gold Standard’s promising daughter Gold Poker Game, on her other subsequent outing.
South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2015-2016, Trippi had another wonderful season in 2021-2022 with his nine black type winners last season including such G1 winners as Jet Dark and Sweet Pepper.