Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Gimmethegreenlight became the second of the first crop sires off the mark on Sunday, when his son Skip The Red showed an impressive turn of foot to win a maiden juvenile plate over 1000m at Greyville.
Bred by Nadeson Park, Skip The Red ran on powerfully in the closing stages to register a neck victory at just the second time of asking.
Out of the Badger’s Drift mare Peonie Paradise, Skip The Red was a R200 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.
His sire Gimmethegreenlight was a top class racehorse, who was as brilliant as he was precocious. Gimmethegreenlight reeled off four wins on the bounce as a juvenile, with his winning streak including the Listed Betting World Somerset 1200m, where he beat dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club into third.
Gimmethegreenlight, a little unlucky when narrowly beaten in both the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes and G1 Golden Horseshoe at two, trained on well to become the first 3yo in 40 years to win the prestigious G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate –a race also won by seven time champion sire Jet Master.
Among his beaten rivals in the Queen’s Plate was the mighty Variety Club, who not only won the LQP the very next year but who went on to become the first international raider to win Hong Kong’s G1 Champions Mile.
Following his Queen’s Plate win, Gimmethegreenlight demonstrated his versatility in finishing third to Horse Of The Year Igugu in the 2012 G1 J&B Met.
A really handsome horse himself, Gimmethegreenlight retired to Varsfontein having won or placed in 12 of his 13 outings, and earned over R1.6 million in prize money.
One of more than 150 stakes winners for perennial leading sire More Than Ready (whose offspring include Australian sire sensation Sebring), Gimmethegreenlight is a half brother to G1 Coolmore Classic winner Ofcourseican.
His dam, Yes She Can Cancan, is a daughter of G1 Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad –also broodmare sire of triple Australian champion sire Redoute’s Choice.
He has 8 lots on offer at this month’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale –
Lot 1 –a colt from one of the best families in the stud book, he is out of a three parts sister to Royal Ascot G3 winner Endorsement. His immediate relatives include G1 winning 2yo and top class local sire Count Dubois as well as Irish 2000 Guineas hero Indian Haven, while other notable relatives include champion siblings Diesis and Kris.
Lot 7 – this nicely bred filly is out of a Jallad half sister to US G1 winner Gypsy’s Warning and G2 Camellia Stakes winner Surabi. Her second dam is a full sister to a pair of sisters who both won the G2 SA Oaks.
Lot 34 – a half brother to 3 winners, he is out of G1 SA Fillies Guineas winner Duchess Daba. The latter, by leading sire National Assembly, is an own sister to talented feature race performer Chief Editor and second dam is 15 time G3 winner Izindaba.
Lot 37 – out of an Al Mufti half sister to G2 winning 2yo Winterinthewoods, this well bred colt is from the same family as multiple G1 winner and promising young sire Warm White Night, champion Highland Night and G1 performers Night Watch and Vogue. His dam is a three parts sister to Derby winner Prince Asad.
Lot 71 – this filly is out of a full sister to G3 winner Dream Come True and from the family of none other than champion sprinter and G1 sire Goldmark.
Lot 79 – this filly is from a top filly female, with her relatives including Oaks winning champion Festive Occasion and her G1 winning daughter Do You Remember. The latter is now competing successfully in Australia.
Lot 80 – a half sister to three winners including a stakes performer, this filly is out of a stakes winning mare and she hails from the same female line as this season’s G1 Sansui Summer Cup winner Master Sabina and the latter’s Oaks winning dam Sabina Park.
Lot 97 – a beautifully bred filly, she is out of a half sister to stakes winner Admiral’s Daughter and the stakes performer Gibson Girl. Her Caesour sired dam is a three parts sister to international G1 winning full sisters Irridescence and Perfect Promise. Her third dam was broodmare of the year.