2 October 2022

Fresh off supplying a trio of winners at Hollywoodbets Durbanville the previous weekend, Drakenstein Stud’s evergreen champion sire Trippi enjoyed an even better day this past weekend.

Not only did the Trippi sired runners Santa Maria and Trip Of Fortune claim Saturday’s G3 Hollywoodbets Diana Stakes and G3 Hollywoodbets Matchem Stakes respectively at Durbanville, Trippi is also broodmare sire of Saturday’s G2 Topbet Mike O’Connor Joburg Spring Challenge winner William Robertson.

Winner of last season’s Listed Lady’s Pendant, the Drakenstein Stud bred and owned four-year-old Santa Maria claimed her biggest win to date when storming home to win Saturday’s G3 Diana Stakes by half a length, while downing last season’s G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas winner Chansonette.

Out of the Fort Wood mare Cutty Sark (and bred on the same Trippi/Fort Wood cross as G1 winner Real Princess), Santa Maria joins the likes of Inara, Hammie’s Hooker and Love To Boogie as Diana Stakes winners sired by Trippi.

Ridden to victory by Corne Orffer, Santa Maria is trained by Candice Bass-Robinson.

Candice also trains the classy Drakenstein Stud bred and owned gelding Trip Of Fortune, who claimed his second graded race win when he was awarded victory in Saturday’s G3 Matchem Stakes.

Winner of last season’s G3 Cape Classic, and a good winner last time out, Trip Of Fortune was promoted to first after the original winner Silver Operator was disqualified in Saturday’s 1400m Matchem Stakes.

Now unbeaten in three starts at Durbanville, Trip Of Fortune, now a stakes winner at two, three and four, has now won six of 11 starts for earnings of more than R550 000.

Remarkably Trippi was responsible for four of the nine winners at Durbanville’s Saturday meeting, with his three-year-old daughters Turn The Page and Flying First victorious in Saturday’s fourth and fifth races respectively!

Trippi mare Massachusetts added further gloss to Trippi’s great day on Saturday when her top-class son William Robertson captured Saturday’s G2 Joburg Spring Challenge at Turffontein. Already victorious in the 2022 G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes, and runner up in last season’s G1 Mercury Sprint, William Robertson dug down deep to land Saturday’s 1450m race by a neck.

Trippi has made a flying start to the 2022-2023 South African racing season, with his other black type winners including last Saturday’s Listed Hollywoodbets Settlers Trophy winner Somerset Maugham.

South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2015-2016, Trippi has a single lot on offer at this month’s Cape Racing Ready To Run & 2YO Unbroken Sale.

Original article written by Cape Breeders Club