Former USA sire Trippi has his first South African two-year-olds racing this season and was credited with his first winner with his first local runner when filly Agra made a successful debut over 900m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Trainer Justin Snaith was full of praise for the daughter of Trippi who he led into the winners box with Gaynor Rupert for owners Anant and Vinashree Singh and Team Valor at Kenilworth on Saturday. “I have several of the progeny of this stallion in my yard, they all have great temperament, never take their heads out of the manger and are all progressive in their work” Justin told Tellytrack viewers after the race.
The Snaith Stable who saddled the first two winners on the day were extremely confident in pre- race interviews. They withdrew their other daughter of Trippi from the race saying that both were good enough to win first time out and thought it best to give them bith a chance to win first time out. The Highlands-bred was sent out odds on favorite and duly obliged by almost 3 lengths easing up at the post. Mike Sharkey was at the winners box and reminded us that he has a half brother by Dynasty to the winning filly at the Premier Sale next month.
Agra was the first 2yo filly from the group bought by Barry Irwin of Team Valor at the Cape Premier Yearling sale held in January 2011 in Cape Town. “She won doing handsprings by 2 3/4 lengths, even though jockey Felix Coetzee barely let her extend her stride. She earned my highest conformation rating at the sale, where I bought her for $100,000. She will make her next start in a Listed stakes on January 28 over the same course” writes Barry Irwin on Facebook.
Trippi started fourteen times in his native United States and won seven races over 1200/1800m between the ages of three and four. His biggest success came in the Gr1 Vosburgh Stakes over 1400m, to which he added victories in the Gr2 Riva Ridge Stakes and Gr2 Tom Fool Handicap (both over 1400m), as well as in the Gr3 Swale Stakes (1400m) and Gr3 Flamingo Stakes over 1800m.
Trippi is a son of Canadian Gr1 winning sprinter End Sweep, whose other progeny include Japanese horse-of-the-year Admire Moon, Japanese Gr1 winners Rhein Craft and South Vigorous, American Gr1 winners Nany’s Sweep, Swept Overboard and Dark Ending, and New Zealand Gr1 winner Clean Sweep.
Trippi is out of the Valid Appeal mare Jealous Appeal, who won four minor races in the USA and who is also the dam of three times American Gr2 winner Appealing Skier as well as of Stakes winners Miss Jealski (in USA) and Jealous Forum (in Canada). Jealous Appeal is the third dam of American Gr1 winner Evita Argentina.
Trippi retired to stud in America in 2002 and was the leading sire in Florida five years later. He is best known as the sire of R Heat Lightning, winner of the Gr1 Spinaway Stakes and placed second in the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, but his other American progeny have included Gr2 Queen Mary Stakes winner Jealous Again, Gr2 Kelso Handicap winner Trippi’s Storm, and the Gr3 winners Gourmet Dinner, Miss Macy Sue, and Let It Rock, to go with numerous other Black Type winners. Trippi is also the sire of Gr1 runner-up Miss Heather Lee.
The soon to be 15-year-old Trippi was imported in 2008 to stand at Gaynor Rupert’s Drakenstein Stud in the Western Cape, where his service fee for 2011 is advertised as R100 000 (R30 000 nomination and R70 000 live foal).