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Sarah Whitelaw

When unbeaten colt Charles Dickens won Sunday’s Listed TAB Somerset 1200 at Kenilworth he provided his evergreen sire Trippi with a second consecutive win in the race, with Trippi colt Trip Of Fortune having won the same race in 2021.

Charles Dickens was also one of two unbeaten two-year-olds sired by Trippi to triumph in a stakes race in South Africa this past weekend, with Trippi filly Sweet Pepper making it three wins from three runs when victorious in Saturday’s G1 Allan Robertson Championship.

(In landing the Allan Robertson, Sweet Pepper became the first daughter of Trippi to land that Scottsville feature. Prior to Saturday, Trippi had had four daughters finish in the first four in their respective runnings of the Allan Robertson Championship with his Sound Of Warning finishing second in the 2021 Allan Robertson).

Trippi went close to enjoying an even bigger weekend than he already did, with his daughter Sound Of Warning finishing third in Saturday’s G1 South African Fillies Sprint and his G1 winning son Chimichuri Run beaten just two lengths in the same day’s G1 Golden Horse Sprint.

South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2015-2016, and currently sire of 87 stakes winners, Trippi has had a fine season in 2021-2022 with his tally of black type winners for the season already standing at eight.

His son Charles Dickens, bred on the same Trippi/Dynasty (whose sire Fort Wood is broodmare sire of the Trippi sired G1 winner Real Princess) cross as the graded stakes winning siblings Amanzimtoti and Wild Coast, has a pedigree which suggests there is a lot to come from him.

He is the first stakes winner for Dynasty’s G2 Ipi Tombe Challenge winning daughter Demanding Lady, who also finished second in the G3 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge and third in the G3 Acacia Handicap. Interestingly, when Demanding Lady won the 2012 Ipi Tombe she beat Louvre -the subsequent dam of Trip Of Fortune-into second place.

Demanding Lady, a half-sister to the stakes placed A Quiet Rush, has already enjoyed success when mated to Trippi with that mating having previously produced G1 Gbets Cape Derby runner up Charles and Somerset Maugham. The latter finished third in both the G3 WSB Legal Eagle Stakes and G3 WSB Pocket Power Stakes last season.

Demanding Lady is out of Demanding Damsel -a winning daughter of G1 Travers Stakes/G1 Super Derby winner but disappointing sire Deputy Commander.

Demanding Damsel’s granddam Beautiful Bedouin, a half-sister to top-class sire and broodmare sire Silver Hawk, made her mark at stud as the dam of G2 E.P. Taylor Stakes winner Wandering Star (a mare bred on very similar lines to Silver Hawk), with Wandering Star, in turn, going on to produce G1 Dewhurst Stakes winner War Command.

Beautiful Bedouin’s own dam Gris Vitesse won the prestigious Prix Jacques le Marois -and further back, this is also the family of former Australian star Maltster.

Picture: The Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Charles Dickens wins the Listed TAB Somerset 1200 under Aldo Domeyer (Wayne Marks)