Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Gimmethegreenlight was represented by his 12th first crop winner yesterday when his daughter Green Pepper made a winning debut at the Vaal.
Green Pepper’s win was all the more meritorious as she won in open company against older horses. Trained by Johan Janse Van Vuuren, the Varsfontein Stud bred filly blitzed home to win first time out over 1000m, and she looks well above average.
Out of the Fort Wood mare Pimento, Green Pepper was a R120 000 buy from the 2015 Horses In Training Sale.
She is the latest debut winner to represent her exciting young sire who is currently South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire.
Gimmethegreenlight, who is currently fifth on the Leading Sires of 2YOS list, could gain greater glory next week at Greyville. The former G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner’s undefeated son Hack Green lines up in the day’s G2 Umkhomazi Stakes, while his sons, Gunner and Without A Doubt, are both starters in Saturday’s G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes.
A son of outstanding sire More Than Ready, Gimmethegreenlight has two lots on offer at the August Two-Year-Old Sale:
Lot 43 – a half sister to a winner, this filly (intensely inbred to the great sire Halo), is from the family of high class fillies Princess Ofthe Sky, Love Is In The Air and her third dam, SA Oaks winner, Rootin’ Tootin’. This is also the family of current recent stakes winning filly O Tamara
Lot 71 – another inbred to champion sire Halo, this colt (a half brother to 2 winners) is out of a half sister to champion and G1 winner Scarena and this is the family of Horse Of The Year Trini Lopez
The sire also has 10 juveniles on sale at next month’s National Two Year Old Sale, and they include a filly from the same family as champion sprinter Goldmark (Lot 83), a filly out of a half sister to Equus Champion and G1 producer Festive Occasion (Lot 96), and a colt out of dual G1 winner Duchess Daba (Lot 242).