THE SA TRIPLE CROWN
The SA Triple Crown is billed as horseracing’s ultimate test and with good cause. The series comprises four top-level races.
There are alternate first legs of the Triple Crown - the R1-million Cape Guineas over 1600m at Kenilworth in Cape Town and the R1-million Gauteng Guineas over 1600m at Turffontein. The second leg is the R2-million SA Classic over 1800m and the third is the R2-million SA Derby over 2450m at Turffontein, Phumelela’s flagship racing venue.
There’s a R2-million bonus awaiting the horse who succeeds in winning all three legs, but it takes an exceptional horse to accomplish that feat – one who combines a rare blend of speed, stamina, courage and determination. In short a true champion!
Two horses have won the Triple Crown. The mighty Horse Chestnut, who many rank the best horse in South African racing history, won the inaugural event in 1999 and Louis The King took the Triple Crown bonus in 2014.
Leg 1: R1-million Cape Guineas (G1) - 1600m (Kenilworth) - Won by Act Of War
Leg 1: R1-million Gauteng Guineas (G2) - 1600m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 2: R2-million SA Classic (G1) - 1800m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 3: R2-million SA Derby (G1) - 2450m (Turffontein standside)
R2-million bonus for winning all 3!
THE WILGERBOSDRIFT TRIPLE TIARA
THE R3.25-million Triple Tiara is the fillies’ equivalent of the Triple Crown.
The three legs of the Triple Tiara are run at the same venues as the corresponding Triple Crown legs.
Igugu was the first filly to win all three races since its inception in 1999. She won the Triple Tiara in 2011. Cherry On The Top repeated that feat in 2013.
The Triple Tiara and the three Johannesburg legs of the series are all sponsored by Wilgerbosdrift Stud.
Leg 1: R1-million Cape Fillies Guineas (G1) - 1600m (Kenilworth) Won by Majmu
Leg 1: R500,000 Gauteng Fillies Guineas (G2) - 1600m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 2: R1-million SA Fillies Classic (G1) - 1800m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 3: R1-million SA Oaks (G2) - 2450m (Turffontein standside)
R1-million bonus for winning all 3!