Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Gimmethegreenlight’s first crop continue to make waves.
The blue blooded son of More Than Ready was represented by his fifth first crop winner this weekend, while another first crop runner, Whispering Light, ran a cracker on debut to finish a close second over 1000m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Gimmethegreenlight’s fifth first crop juvenile winner came in the form of the Old Oak Tree, who scored at Turffontein on Sunday.
Making his first start over 1450m, the gelding ran on nicely to break his maiden by three parts of a length over the more experienced Shortstop, with Gimmethegreenlight colt Persian Approval finishing a close up third.
Out of the well related Captain Al mare Ribbons For Thee, Old Oak Tree was a R160 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.
Former L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner and top class juvenile, Gimmethegreenlight (one of more than 150 stakes winners for his outstanding sire More Than Ready) is also the sire of debut winners Beataboutthebush and Gunner, and feature race contender Skip The Red.
To date, Gimme has had 16 runners from his first crop of 2yos win or finish in the money, and, at the time of writing, he ranks as South Africa’s second leading first crop sire.
This exciting young sire is well represented at the Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale this month where Gimmethegreenlight having seven yearlings on offer –
Lot 77 –this well bred filly, whose six winning siblings include a G2 juvenile, is out of a mare who won three and hails from the immediate family of this season’s top class filly Madame Dubois. Also from the family of champion South Vagabunda, who, like Gimmethegreenlight’s sire, is by champion sire Southern Halo
Lot 123 –a half brother to a winner, this colt is out of a winning Al Mufti half sister to a stakes horse, and from same family as the Al Mufti sired champion Arabian Lass, as well as G1 winners Arabian Beat and Smart Banker. Also the same family as promising sire Casamento, 2016 classic winner Minding and outstanding Arc winner and sire Vaguely Noble
Lot 153 –this filly, intensely inbred to champion sire Halo, is out of a three time winning Jet Master mare, and her third dam is former champion, and multiple G1 winner Vesta
Lot 190 – this well bred colt is out of a nine time stakes winning Silvano half sister to 2 stakes winners, and his second dam won the G3 Tibouchina Stakes and this is the family of Australian G1 winner Paradigm
Lot 196 – bred on the extremely successful More Than Ready/Danehill cross (ie Sebring, Perfectly Ready, Dreamaway), this filly is out of a winning Fastnet Rock half sister to a stakes horse, and this is the family of G1 winners Sheraco and Stormy Rex respectively
Lot 261 – a half sister to 2 winners, this filly is out of a winning daughter of an Epsom Derby winner and this is the same family as G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Undoubtedly
Lot 279 – out of a Western Winter half sister to 13 time stakes winner Vauclair, this filly’s second dam is G2 (now G1) Majorca Stakes winner Wild Aster (a daughter of the great broodmare sire Elliodor), and this is the family of Met winners Alastor and Wild West