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A Heavenly return to winning ways

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The Tarry yard’s top class galloper Trip To Heaven made a pleasing return to the winners enclosure when he scored his eighth victory at Turffontein on Sunday.
The Highlands Stud bred six-year-old, winning his first race since January 2017, made his customary slow start in a pinnacle stakes over 1160m, but ran on powerfully under rider Lyle Hewitson to post the eighth win of a career which has been marred by some bad luck.

A son of Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi, Trip To Heaven has been unlucky not to win a G1 feature, having been first past the post (before being demoted to second) in the 2016 G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge and finishing second a further three times in G1 features. His tendency to be slow away has also cost Trip To Heaven previously, although the bay has still managed to pick up four graded victories during his career.

The half-brother to the Tarry trained G1 winner The Hangman, Trip To Heaven pushed his earnings to R2 282 000 with Sunday’s courageous, last stride victory.

Well done to winning owners Chris Van Niekerk, Derek and Lance Michael, and Sean Tarry Racing CC.

The charismatic Trip To Heaven was one of four weekend winners for Sean and his team, and they also looked unlucky not to win Sunday’s fourth race with first-timer Vida Es Bella. A well related 2yo daughter of Duke Of Marmalade, Vida Es Bella was green in running, over a trip of 1160m –which appeared short of her best, which may well have cost her victory, but the Lammerskraal Stud owned filly should surely make amends soon.


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