Varsfontein Stud’s hot young stallion Gimmethegreenlight continued his great run of success this weekend, when he was responsible for a graded race double.
His Gary Player Stud bred daughter Green Plains stamped herself as one of the leading two-year-old fillies around with a strong win on the G2 SA Fillies Nursery at Champions Day last Saturday.
The filly, who had won the G3 Pretty Polly Stakes last time out, took her tally to three wins from just four outings with a one length score in Saturday’s R400 000 contest.
Green Plains, a R350 000 buy from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, has now earned R452 250 and this Sean Tarry trained filly looks unlikely to stop here.
She is out of the winning Jet Master mare Savannah Leigh and is bred on the same cross as Listed Ibhayi Stakes winner Gimme The Stars.
Green Plains is one of three stakes 2yos representing Gimmethegreenlight already this season, with others including Saturday’s Listed Perfect Promise Sprint third Rose In Bloom.
Just one day later, Gimme Six became her sire’s very first classic winner when running out an impressive and facile winner of the G2 Daisy Fillies Guineas. Winner of the G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes at her previous outing, the Justin Snaith trained sophomore made it win number four with a fluent win over Golden Slipper winner Final Judgement.
A winner or placed in eight of nine outings, Gimme Six has now banked R629 913.
Gimmethegreenlight, South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire last season, has been represented by eight stakes horses already in 2017 and this total looks sure to increase substantially over the coming months.
He also enjoyed success in the sales ring at the recent National Yearling Sale, where Gimmethegreenlight ended the sale as the fifth leading sire by aggregate. His yearlings at the 2017 National Sale made up to R2.6 million, with his top lot being knocked down to Shadwell South Africa.
However, Gimmethegreenlight was not the only member of this male line to enjoy major race success last weekend.
His sire More Than Ready enjoyed huge success as a sire of sires this past weekend, with Gimmethegreenlight not his only sire to shine in graded company. More Than Ready champion Sebring confirmed his status as one of Australia’s top sires, when his daughter Egg Tart landing the G1 Schweppes Oaks at Morphetville on Saturday and son Lucky Bubbles lifting the G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin the very next day.