TRIP OF FORTUNE IN THRILLING CLASSIC WIN

Blue blooded colt Trip Of Fortune showed his class when downing a promising field to land Saturday’s G3 Cape Classic (1400m) in courageous fashion.

Trained by Candice Bass-Robinson, the Drakenstein Stud bred and owned colt made it four wins in a row when claiming his biggest win to date.

Second on debut, Trip Of Fortune had gone on to win his following three starts, with this streak including a triumph in last season’s Listed World Sports Betting Somerset 1200.

The colt was given a patient ride by inform jockey Aldo Domeyer in Saturday’s R125 000 feature for three-year-olds and traditional prep for the Concorde Cup later in the season.

Domeyer allowed Trip Of Fortune to settle off the pace, as outsider Safe Return went on to make the running.

The front runner was quickly challenged as the field neared home, with Trip Of Fortune running on strongly down the centre, Zapatillas fighting on gamely, and Trip Of Fortune’s stablemate Xavion launching a potent run from the back of the field.

It was Trip Of Fortune, however, who stayed on to win, besting Zapatillas by nearly half a length.

The lightly raced Xavion stamped himself a three-year-old of promise when running strongly for third, while appearing in need of more ground and finishing less than three-parts of a length off the once beaten winner.
Now a winner of four of just five starts, Trip Of Fortune claimed the 2021 Cape Classic in a time of 87.96 seconds.

The colt is one of 83 stakes winners for former champion South African sire Trippi, while Trip Of Fortune’s dam is G2 Tibouchina Stakes winner, and millionaire, Louvre (by Doowaley).

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