6 May 2023

Drakenstein Stud’s evergreen champion sire Trippi dominated feature race action at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday afternoon. Not only did Trippi’s star son Charles Dickens run out a facile winner of Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting Guineas (1600m), Trippi’s recent G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes winning son Trip Of Fortune downed an outstanding field to claim Saturday’s G2 Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes on the same card.

Trippi also features as the broodmare sire of Drill Hall Stakes runner-up Gimme A Prince (out of Trippi’s G1 winning daughter Real Princess), while Trippi’s G2 Selangor Cup-winning son Gold Standard is the sire of Hold My Hand and Golden Hostess, the third and fourth place finishers respectively in Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas (1600m).

The Drakenstein Stud bred and owned Charles Dickens claimed his second Guineas win, and seventh win from just nine starts, with a fluent performance in Saturday’s R500 000 classic. Under a confident ride from Aldo Domeyer, the Candice Bass-Robinson trained colt raced midfield for much of the race, before Domeyer set Charles Dickens alight down the inside of the Greyville track. From there, the chestnut powered home to win convincingly by two lengths, while Charles Dickens’ G1 Splashout Cape Derby conqueror See It Again back in the second spot.

Out of the Dynasty mare Demanding Lady, Charles Dickens has now three graded wins to his name, including this season’s G1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas which Charles Dickens won by four and a quarter lengths.

The colt, who promises to be a hugely sought-after stallion prospect when he retires to stud, is bred on the same Trippi/Dynasty cross as graded stakes winners Amanzimtoti and Wild Coast.

A full-brother to G1 Gbets Cape Derby runner-up Charles as well as Hollywoodbets Settlers Trophy hero Somerset Maugham, Charles Dickens has now earned R2 603 438 in prize money.

Candice Bass-Robinson also trains the Drakenstein-bred and owned Trip Of Fortune, who made it back-to-back graded triumphs with a convincing win in the 2023 Drill Hall Stakes. Now a graded stakes winner in three different provinces (as was Trippi’s star daughter Inara), the four-year-old showed his class with a fluent performance in Saturday’s G2 contest. Another ridden by Aldo Domeyer, Trip Of Fortune was always up close to the pace, and the gelding hit the front 100m from home and kept going gallantly to hold off G1 Pongracz Cape Flying Championship winner Gimme A Prince and score by three parts of a length.

In landing the 2023 Drill Hall Stakes, Trip Of Fortune accounted for five G1 winners, with the gelding having claimed five graded stakes races in total now.

Like Charles Dickens, Trip Of Fortune won the G3 Cape Classic of his year, with Trip Of Fortune making it nine wins from 17 starts with his courageous win in Saturday’s race.

Out of the Doowaley mare Louvre, Trip Of Fortune pushed his earnings to over R1.86 million with his win on Saturday.

South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2015-2016, Trippi is also responsible for multiple Equus Champion, and new Drakenstein Stud sire, Jet Dark -the winner of this season’s G1 World Sports Betting Cape Town Met.

The outstanding son of End Sweep also made a big impact as a broodmare sire this weekend. Not only is Trippi broodmare sire of the 2023 G1 Grande Premio A.B.C.P.C.C. winner Oriana Do Iguassu (who is out of the Trippi mare Flying Trip), he is also damsire of outstanding US sire Not This Time. The latter, who was produced by the Trippi mare Miss Macy Sue, came up with his fifth G1 winner when his son Up To The Mark won the G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Original article written by Cape Breeders Club.