Winning three tough races from a mile to 2450m in eight weeks takes some doing.
The great Horse Chestnut won the inaugural Triple Crown in 1999, Sorrento stallion Louis The King did it in 2014 and Abashiri was the star of the show in 2016.
The Mike de Kock trained Galileo flyer Igugu was the first filly to win the Triple Tiara. That was in 2011 and Ormond Ferraris-trained Cherry On The Top emulated that feat in 2013. The latter’s daughter Blossom runs in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas on Saturday!
The R7-million SA Triple Crown for 3-year-olds is the richest series of races in Africa.
The alternate first leg, the R1-million Cape Guineas run at Kenilworth on Saturday 15 December 2018, was won by Mike de Kock’s Soqrat.
The Gauteng legs commence at Turffontein on Saturday with the running of the R1-million Gr2 Gauteng Guineas
The R2-million Gr1 SA Classic to be run at Turffontein over 1800mon Saturday 2 March is the second leg.
The third and final leg will be the R2-million Gr1 SA Derby to be run over 2450m at Turffontein on Saturday 30 March.
A bonus of R2 million will be paid to owner/s of the horse that wins all three legs of the Triple Crown.
The fillies are catered for with the R3.75-million / R4-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara, the richest series of races for fillies in Africa.
The alternate first leg was the R1-million WSB Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas run at Kenilworth on Saturday 15 December 2018 and won by the Dynasty daughter, Front And Centre.
The Gauteng legs for the fairer sex also commence at Turffontein this Saturday with the R750 000 Wilgerbosdrift Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas.
The second leg is the R1.25-million Wilgerbosdrift Gr1 SA Fillies Classic run over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday 2 March .
The rich series culminates with the R750 000 Wilgerbosdrift Gr2 SA Oaks run over 2450m at Turffontein on Saturday 30 March.
A bonus of R1 million will be paid to owner/s of the filly that wins all three legs of the Triple Tiara.