The SA Triple Crown, sponsored by World Sports Betting in 2021, for three-year-olds is billed as horseracing’s ultimate test and with good cause. The series comprises four top-level races.
There are alternate first legs - the R 750 000 Cape Guineas over 1600m at Kenilworth in Cape Town and the R 525 000 Gauteng Guineas over 1600m at Turffontein. The second leg is the R 750 000 SA Classic over 1800m and the third is the R 750 000 SA Derby over 2450m, both at Turffontein.
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!
Three 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, Louis The King won the bonus in 2014 and Abashiri repeated the feat in 2016.
Leg 1: R 750 000 Cape Guineas (G1) - 1600m (Kenilworth)
Leg 1: R 525 000 Gauteng Guineas (G2) - 1600m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 2: R 750 000 SA Classic (G1) - 1800m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 3: R 750 000 SA Derby (G1) - 2450m (Turffontein standside)
R2-million bonus for winning all 3!
The SA Triple Tiara, sponsored yet again in 2021 by Mary Slack's Wilgerbosdrift Stud, is the fillies’ equivalent of the SA Triple Crown.
Igugu was the first filly to win the Triple Tiara. That was in 2011 and Cherry On The Top emulated that feat in 2013. Summer Pudding became the third winner of the series in 2020.
The Triple Tiara and the three Johannesburg legs of the series are all sponsored by Wilgerbosdrift Stud.
Leg 1: R 500 000 Cape Fillies Guineas (G1) - 1600m (Kenilworth)
Leg 1: R 300 000 Gauteng Fillies Guineas (G2) - 1600m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 2: R 700 000 SA Fillies Classic (G1) - 1800m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 3: R 375 000 SA Oaks (G2) - 2450m (Turffontein standside)
R1-million bonus for winning all 3!