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A plan came together when the Candice Bass-Robinson-trained October Morn got up under Raymond Danielson to win the Gr 1 SA Fillies Sprint (Candiese Lenferna Photography)

by Sarah Whitelaw

Top filly October Morn is one of the most exciting fillies currently in training in South Africa. The three-year-old is out of the top-drawer, with October Morn having won or been placed in all 12 of her career outings.

The daughter of Trippi has won stakes races at both two and three, with October Morn victorious in the 2023 Listed Perfect Promise Sprint (she won that feature by six lengths) and this year’s G1 South African Fillies Sprint and G2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes.

The filly also finished runner up in both the G3 SplashOut Prix Du Cap and G3 Champagne Stakes this year, with October Morn finishing out of the first two this season thus far.

October Morn has the pedigree to match her fine race record. She is one of 92 stakes winners for her sire Trippi, South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2015-2016, and is one of 14 Grade One winners for her superb sire.

She is the second daughter of Trippi to win the G1 South African Fillies Sprint, with the sire’s subsequent top-class producer daughter Real Princess (dam of dual G1 winner Gimme A Prince and this season’s exciting two-year-old Gimme’s Countess) having captured that Scottsville sprint feature back in 2016. In total, six of Trippi’s G1 winners are female.

Other G1 winning daughters of Trippi, also sire of champion filly Hammie’s Hooker, include five time G1 winner Inara (the dam of recent debut winner Air Raid), 2022 G1 Allan Robertson Championship winner Sweet Pepper, G1 Spinaway Stakes queen R Heat Lightning, and G1 Golden Slipper heroine For The Lads.

Another daughter of Trippi, Jealous Again, won the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2009.

His colts include a plethora of stars ranging from G1 Hollywoodbets Durban July winner Winchester Mansion, five time G1 winner Jet Dark, 2024 G1 L’Ormarins King’s Plate hero Charles Dickens, and 2023 G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes winner Trip Of Fortune.

Charles Dickens and Jet Dark are now standing at Drakenstein Stud, while Trippi’s G2 Selangor Cup winning son Gold Standard came up with graded stakes winners Golden Hostess (G3 Hollywoodbets Diana Stakes) and Hold My Hand (G3 Summer Fling Stakes) in his first crop.

His 2019 G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint winning son, Chimichuri Run, is yet another son of Trippi standing at stud, with that chestnut based at Blue Sky Thoroughbreds.

Trippi is also a top-class broodmare sire, with his daughters having already produced more than 40 stakes winners. Arguably his best broodmare daughter to date has been Miss Macy Sue, the dam of four black type winners including highly successful US stallions Liam’s Map (by Unbridled’s Song) and Not This Time (by Giant’s Causeway). Other notable performers produced by daughters of Trippi include South African G1 winners Gabor, Gimme A Prince, Miss Florida and She’s A Keeper.

Even granddaughters of Trippi mares are enjoying success at stud, with Trippi mare Tuscan Sunset the granddam of 2024 G3 Lecomte Stakes winner and 2024 G2 Risen Star Stakes runner up Track Phantom (by Quality Road).

October Morn’s female line is outstanding and packed full of high-class black type performers.

She is out of high-class racemare in Miss October, who showed top-class sprinting form. Not only did Miss October win the 2014 G3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap (one of her five career wins), she was also runner up in both the G3 Poinsettia Stakes and Listed KwaZulu-Natal Stakes and third in the G2 Sceptre Stakes, G3 Lebelo Sprint, and Listed Gardenia Handicap.

A Var full-sister to G1 Mercury Sprint winner August Rush (who ran third to subsequent G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Krypton Factor in the 2012 G3 Mahab Al Shimal), Miss October has proved to be an excellent producer.
Her second foal, a full-sister to October Morn, was the Trippi filly Spring Break who won four times and ran second, beaten less than half a length, in the 2019 G2 Haval Motors South Africa Umkhomazi Stakes.

Miss October’s next foal was Tempting Fate (by Master Of My Fate), Equus Champion 2YO Colt of 2019-2020 and winner of both the G1 Golden Horse Medallion and G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes in 2020. Her foals prior to October Morn were Spielberg (by Futura) and October Fair (by Silvano), both of whom have won twice.

August Rush and Miss October are two of the nine winners produced by Huntingdale mare Bushgirl.

Bushgirl’s dam Devon Air, who began her career in England, was possed of considerably more stamina than her descendants August Rush and Miss October. South Africa’s Champion Stayer of 1983, Devon Air’s first South African start saw the daughter of Sparkler romp home to an 11 length score over 1900m. Devon Air went on to win the Listed Sidney Benjamin Cup by 13 lengths before running third, to Wolf Power, in the 1984 G1 J&B Metropolitan.

Campaigned in KZN, Devon Air reeled off wins in the G2 Republic Day Handicap, G1 Rothmans July Handicap and G2 Gold Cup before retiring to stud.

She made a good start at stud, with her first two foals, the filly Cream Of The Crop and Plymouth Rock winning the G2 Chairmans Handicap and Listed Settlers Trophy respectively (Cream Of The Crop also went on to enjoy success at stud with her 7 winners headed by G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes winner She’s On Fire). However, Devon Air had only produced one more winner by the time she was bought at a 1996 auction at Summerhill Stud by Zimbabwean breeder Christopher Peech. Her first Zimbabwean foal was by Huntingdale and was called Bushgirl, who had to be delivered by caesarian section. She barely survived and was too weak and unsound to be raced.

Zimbabwe was beginning to fall on hard times and Peech’s breeding operation was one of the victims.

Bushgirl was thus put on an auction and was snapped up by Robin Bruss, and the rest is history with Bruss breeding both Miss October and August Rush.

Var, sire of Miss October, is fast becoming a top-class broodmare sire with his daughters having already produced the likes of G1 XXXX Golden Rose winning sire In The Congo and South African G1 winners Alesian Chief, Master Archie and Thunderstruck to name but a few.