Our 2018/19 Equus Outstanding Breeders Drakenstein Stud celebrated another big winner on Sunday when the Trippi gelding White River sauntered in to win the Gr1 The Courts Mammoth Maiden Cup run at the Champ de Mars.
In the process, he made it five wins from five starts this season.
A winner of the Duchess and the Barbé, the former Brett Crawford-trained Cape Guineas runner now based with the Rameshwat Gujadhur yard gave jockey Manoël Nunes his first Maiden Cup success.
White River (Manoel Nunes) is led in after the feature win on Sunday (Pic – Mauritius Turf Club)
Relaxed in midfield, White River cruised away from his opposition for a classy win and while Alshibaa tried his heart out, he had to settle for second.
Former Greyville 1900 winner Ten Gun Salute ran third.
White River was owned here by Messrs W P Drew & B Kantor, Mesdames A M Doyle, D Nagle & Paul Shanahan & Klawervlei
Out of Irish Torrent (USA) by Giant’s Causeway (USA), he was a R1,1 million graduate of the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale where he was signed for by Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock Ltd.
The photo finish of the feature
White River looks set to secure the Mauritius Horse Of The Year title.
The island’s premier test of stamina, the race was initially run for maidens and was first won by Creeper all the way back in 1843.
Since 1983, when won by Noble Salute, the race has been run over 2400m.