29 January 2023

Drakenstein Stud’s evergreen champion sire Trippi is enjoying a fantastic season this year, and the son of End Sweep struck yet again when his outstanding son Jet Dark captured the G1 World Sports Betting Cape Town Met at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.

Trained by Justin Snaith, five-year-old Jet Dark was making his swansong before retiring to stud.

The bay had finished second in the 2022 Met to Kommetdieding but turned the tables on that rival in Saturday’s R2 000 000 feature.

Given a perfect ride by Richard Fourie, Jet Dark launched a strong late run close to home which saw the champion get up in the shadow of the post and snare Kommetdieding to win the 2023 Met by a neck.

It was a fifth G1 victory for Jet Dark, who won the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate in both 2021 and 2022, as well as back to back runnings of the G1 HKJC World Pool Champions Cup.

Bred by Drakenstein Stud, Jet Dark retires to stud having won nine of 19 starts and sports earnings of R5 697 850.

Out of the Jet Master mare Night Jet, Jet Dark is one of 89 stakes winners for Trippi, South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2015-2016.

The Drakenstein resident has had a superb season in 2022-2023, with Trippi’s other notable flagbearers this season headed by brilliant G1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas winner Charles Dickens and fellow graded stakes winners Crome Yellow, Santa Maria and Trip Of Fortune.

Trippi is also broodmare sire of prominent US stallion Not This Time, whose son Epicenter was recently crowned Eclipse Champion Three Year Old Male of 2022. Epicenter, who earned more than $2.9 million in prize money, is set to stand his first season at Ashford Stud for a fee of $45 000.

Original article written by Cape Breeders Club