Purple Merchant was purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the 2019 CTS Ready To Run sale. She is a filly by Trippi, out of the Western winter mare Savannah Air. She was bred by Lammerskraal Stud.
Name: Purple Merchant
Named By: Star Merchant Team
Sex: Bay Filly
Sire: Trippi (USA)
Mare: Savannah Air
Damsire: Western Winter (USA)
Breeder: Mrs M Patterson
Trainer: Gavin Smith
Previous Trainer: Alyson Wright
Purchased: 2019 CTS Ready To Run Sale
Pedigree: View here
She is closely related to NICKY NOO (2014.f. by Horse Chestnut-Burnt Sienna, by Western Winter-Burnt Savannah) – 1st Vaal TC Gardenia S. L
Updates – Purple Merchant
July 22nd, 2022
Raced over 1100m at Fairview on the polytrack. Finished 8th out of 11 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Moved up well and never went through with her run. She pull up lame and Warren Kennedy said that must be the reason she never went through with her run.
July 1st, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Fairview on the turf in the Listed East Cape Breeders Stakes. Finished 3rd out of 12 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good first run in the Eastern Cape. She should win there soon.
May 22nd, 2022
A decision was made to send Purple Merchant to the Eastern Cape. She will now be trained by Gavin Smith.
May 2nd, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: She got left at the start and was too far back. I feel she will be very competitive next time if well positioned.
March 30th, 2022
Raced over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: The distance is too far for her and she didn’t enjoy the going.
December 19th, 2021
258 – PURPLE MERCHANT makes it a double for the Hollywood Syndicate in Race 7 at Hollywoodbets Greyville over 1200m. After finishing third on Thursday, she took that run well and won a good race today. She is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Alyson Wright and ridden to perfection by Keagan de Melo.
December 16th, 2021
Raced over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: She ran on well. The distance was too short for her. She will be better over 1200m as Warren Kennedy said after the race.
November 14th, 2021
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good run from a bad draw. She was dropped out and finished well to only get beat 3.05 lengths. She will be hard to beat next time from a good draw.
September 12th, 2021
She took her place in a 1200m race at Hollywoodbets Scottsville this afternoon. She showed good pace and stayed on well to finish second. She is in a good space and it should not be long before she is in the winner’s enclosure. See the replay here.
August 23rd, 2021
She produced another decent effort over 1400m on the polytrack at Hollywoodbets Greyville today. She raced from a handy position and stayed on nicely to finish third. She is in a good space and it should not be long before she is in the winner’s enclosure again. See the replay here.
August 4th, 2021
She was having her second run after returning from a 12-week break over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. She stayed on nicely to finish fourth. She will come on with the run under her belt and should be competitive in her next start. See the replay here.
July 11th, 2021
She was returning from a 12-week break today and showed signs of needing the outing over a distance short of her best. She is better suited to 1200m and she should show signs of returning to form in her next start.
April 21st, 2021
She has lost her form in her last three starts, but is better than the efforts suggest. She is still lightly raced and she has plenty of scope to return to best form.
April 5th, 2021
She met a competitive field today and still showed signs of needing the run. She will come on from the run and should be worth following next time.
February 4th, 2021
Purple Merchant, the unbeaten daughter of Trippi, is starting to get going again. Here she is having a steady canter this morning and clearly enjoying her workout.
November 12th, 2020
Purple Merchant makes it two out of two, when winning the 7th race at Hollywoodbets Greyville today. Well done to Alyson Wright, Lyle Hewitson for a polished ride and breeder Ms M Patterson.
October 11th, 2020
Purple Merchant wins the 2nd race at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse under a solid ride by Lyle Hewitson today. She was expected to be green on debut, but stayed on nicely to win in commanding fashion, at a SP of 16/1. She looks like a talented filly in the making and must be one for the notebooks.
August 1, 2020
She has matured nicely over the past 8 months and should just about be ready for a grass gallop. That will give us a better indication as to how ready she is for a debut run. At this stage we are very happy with her progress.
November 23, 2019
with the fall of the hammer, she is now under the ownership of the Hollywood Syndicate. A fill that is sure to take a bit of time, she will be sent back to Lammerskraal before she is transported up to KZN’s Summerveld. We estimate an entry into full training around March 2020.