Winning the SA Triple Crown and SA Fillies Triple Crown are billed as the best achievements for a horse in South Africa so, as just 5 horses have currently achieved the feat, we’ve made them our top 5 South African racehorses of all time.
Chestnut is widely considered to be the best horse ever seen in South Africa, and he comes from the line of Sadler’s Wells via one of his son’s Fort Wood. He was bred by Harry Oppenheimer and, though he sadly raced just 10-times, his 9 wins saw him claim the South African Triple Crown, including a 10-length win in the South African Derby – which also won him horse of the year. He was then sent to America, where he blew-away the opposition on his first start, but was then forced to retire prematurely after fracturing a splint. He was then sold to stand at stud in Kentucky at Seth Hancock’s, where he later died of heart-failure in 2015.
Louis The King
Trained by Geoff Wudruff, the Black Minnalushe sired Louis The King claimed the prestigious South African Triple Crown in 2014. However, despite winning 3 of his first 4 races, he was sent-off a relatively unconsidered 14/1 chance in the Gauteng Guineas, but sluiced-up by 5¼-lengths. He then went on to claim the SA Classic and the SA Derby on his next two starts. However, those exertions seemed to take their toll, and he won just 1 of his last 8 races before being retired.
Abashiri won just 1 of his 3 starts as a 2-year-old, but started his 3-year-old campaign with two facile wins. He then won the Gauteng Guineas by 2¼-lengths, before winning the SA Classic even more impressively. Those 4 consecutive wins saw him chalked-up at just 1/6 for the SA Derby, though he scrambled home by just a neck from 40/1 outsider Rocketball to complete the 2016 South African Triple Crown. The exertion of winning the SA Derby seemed to exhaust him though, as he finished nearer last than first on his final three starts of 2016, and again finished last in January 2017.
Mike De Kock’s 2011 Fillies Triple Crown Winner was sent-off at just 7/5 for the Fillies Guineas, which she won by 4-lengths. She was then sent-off at just 1/6 for both the SA Fillies Classic and the SA Oaks, and duly bolted-up in both. She remained unbeaten as a 3-year-old, and won her only start as a 4-year-old. She raced again at 5, but failed to hit the winner’s enclosure as her trainer took her globetrotting around Meydan and England.
Cherry On The Top
Ormond Ferraris trained her to win her 4 of her 6 starts as a 2-year-old, and won 2 of her 3 starts as 3-year-old before winning the Fillies Guineas as a 5/1 shot. However, she was odds-on for her wins in the SA Fillies Classic and Fillies Oaks as she completed the 2013 Fillies Triple Crown.