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Classy Railtrip Bounces Back To Winning Ways

The Summerhill Sales consigned Fisher King, who is catalogued as Lot 180 in the now postponed Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, gained a welcome boost to his pedigree page when his talented half-sister Railtrip won at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday afternoon.

Runner up, behind subsequent Equus Champion and G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic winner Return Flight, in the 2018 G1 Thekwini Stakes, the Gavin Van Zyl-trained filly always looked well-weighted in Wednesday’s Soccer Any15 Graduation Plate (1800m) on the polytrack, and so it proved.

Under log leading jockey Warren Kennedy, the four-year-old Railtrip (37-20) came from last to get up close home and down Land Of Mystery (7-1) by half a length, with longshot Dyno Man (14-1) back in third spot.

Now a three time winner, Railtrip took her earnings to R503 163 with Wednesday’s success.

A daughter of former South African champion sire Trippi, the well-bred Railtrip will be an attractive broodmare prospect when she retires to the paddocks.

Railtrip, herself a half-sister to 3 winners including G1 SA Derby winner Hero’s Honour (below), is out of Galileo’s Winter Oaks third Grail Maiden, with the latter a very close relative of Starfish (by Galileo), herself dam of G1 Phoenix Stakes/G1 Matron Stakes heroine La Collina.

This is also the family of such major international G1 winners as Beat Hollow, Kingman, Oasis Dream, Zenda and French Derby winner New Bay.

Railtrip’s yearling half-brother Fisher King is a son of Dubawi (also the sire of the aforementioned New Bay) horse Willow Magic, whose 4 wins included triumphs in both the G1 SA Nursery and G2 Dingaans.

Images: Railtrip – Candiese Lenferna, Hero’s Honour – JC Photographics