The SASCOC Triple Crown is billed as horseracing’s ultimate test and with good cause. The series comprises three top-level races in just eight weeks – the R1,000,000 Gauteng Guineas over 1600m, the R2,000,000 SA Classic over 1800m and the R2,000,000 SA Derby over 2450m. All three races are run at Turffontein, Phumelela’s flagship racing venue.
There’s a R2,000,000 bonus awaiting the horse that 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!
The mighty Horse Chestnut, who many rank the best horse in South African racing history, and Louis The King are the only horses to have succeeded in winning the Triple Crown since its inception. Horse Chestnut won the inaugural event in 1999 and Louis The King won the bonus in 2014.
THE R3.5-million Triple Tiara is the fillies’ equivalent of the Triple Crown.
The three legs of the Triple Tiara are run on the same days as the corresponding Triple Crown legs. The series comprises the R500,000 Gauteng Fillies Guineas over 1600m, the R1,000,000 SA Fillies Classic over 1800m and the R1,000,000 SA Oaks over 2450m. There is a R1,000,000 bonus for the filly who wins all three legs.
Two fillies have won the Triple Tiara, Mike de Kock-trained Igugu in 2011 and Ormond Ferraris' charge Cherry On The Top in 2013.