The SA Triple Crown 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 R1-million Grand Parade Cape Guineas over 1600m at Kenilworth in Cape Town and the R1-million Gauteng Guineas over 1600m at Turffontein. The second leg is the R2-million SA Classic over 1800m and the third is the R2-million 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: R1-million Cape Guineas (G1) - 1600m (Kenilworth)
Leg 1: R1-million Gauteng Guineas (G2) - 1600m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 2: R2-million SA Classic (G1) - 1800m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 3: R2-million SA Derby (G1) - 2450m (Turffontein standside)
R2-million bonus for winning all 3!
The R3.25-million Triple Tiara is the fillies’ equivalent of the Triple Crown and the three legs mirror 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.
The Triple Tiara and the three Johannesburg legs of the series are all sponsored by Wilgerbosdrift Stud.
Leg 1: R1-million Cape Fillies Guineas (G1) - 1600m (Kenilworth)
Leg 1: R500,000 Gauteng Fillies Guineas (G2) - 1600m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 2: R1-million SA Fillies Classic (G1) - 1800m (Turffontein standside)
Leg 3: R1-million SA Oaks (G2) - 2450m (Turffontein standside)
R1-million bonus for winning all 3!