Varsfontein Stud’s sensational young stallion Gimmethegreenlight was represented by his sixth individual first crop stakes winner when his daughter Gimme Six landed the G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes at Greyville on Sunday.
Bred by Ken Truter, Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud and Nadeson Park, Gimme Six made it win number three from just eight outings when coming with a late run to score by three parts of a length, over Golden Slipper winner Final Judgement and G2 Choice Carriers Fillies Championship runner up Sail.
The filly had previously run third to G1 winner Just Sensual in the G3 Vasco Taverna Prix Du Cap.
She is not only the sixth stakes winner to have emerged from Gimmethegreenlight, but is his fourth individual graded winner to have emerged from his first crop, being preceded by Gunner (G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes), Hack Green (G2 Umkhomazi Stakes) and Green Pepper (G3 Magnolia Stakes).
The brilliance of this achievement is underlined by the fact that Gimmethegreenlight’s first crop is yet to finish their sophomore season. In contrast, outstanding sires Captain Al, Dynasty, Silvano, Trippi and Var had five, seven, six, five and six respectively –a huge compliment to the prowess of Gimmethegreenlight!
The former L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner has also got a smashing crop of 2yos this season. Gimmethegreenlight was represented by two more impressive debut winning juveniles this past weekend when Queen Forever and Cat’s Legacy won at Fairview and Greyville respectively.
Other notable juvenile winners representing Gimmethegreenlgiht this season include G3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Green Plains and the stakes placed La Bella Mia. The sire has now been represented by seven 2yos this season and currently ranks above the likes of Captain Al, Dynasty, and Redoute’s Choice on South Africa’s Leading Sires of 2YOs list.
The son of outstanding shuttle sire More Than Ready has outstanding drafts on both the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale and the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
Gimmethegreenlight’s ten strong draft on the Emperors Palace Sale includes a colt from the family of multiple G1 winner Happyanunoit (Lot 22), a colt out of G3 Starling Stakes winner Success Counts (Lot 45), and a colt out of a winning Encosta De Lago ½ sister to an Australian Oaks winner (Lot 102).
His 18 strong National Sale draft includes a colt out of a full-sister to Horse Of The Year Yard-Arm (Lot 53), a colt out of a stakes winning Elliodor half-sister to champion Argonaut (Lot 79), a filly out of the game front running Singspiel sired stakes winner Polzeath (Lot 104) and a filly whose dam is a half-sister to triple G1 winning Equus Champion and sire Capetown Noir (Lot 233).