Gimme sister scores on debut
Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Gimmethegreenlight had a pleasing update to his female line when his half sister Lucky Can Be made a winning debut at Hawkesbury on Thursday.
A daughter of Nadeem, Lucky Can Be powered home to score by a length and a half over 1100m, and looks a filly with a bright future.
In the process, the 3yo became the fifth winner from five foals for the now deceased Canny Lad mare Yes She Can Cancan.
The latter, who died in 2012, is best known as the dam of the G1 winning siblings Ofcourseican (Coolmore Classic) and Gimmethegreenlight (L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate). Remarkably all four of her previous winners gained black type, suggesting that Lucky Can Be can yet make her mark in stakes company.
Ofcourseican, currently in foal to Golden Slipper winner Pierro, has a Dream Ahead colt colt on offer at the Inglis Australian Yearling Sale.
Her half brother Gimmethegreenlight, a son of world leading sire More Than Ready, made history when becoming the first 3yo in 40 years to win the Queen’s Plate.
One of just a handful of horses ever to defeat the mighty Variety Club, Gimmethegreenlight was represented by his first yearlings at the recent Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
He made a pleasing start with his yearlings grossing a total of R4.45 million at an average of R317 857.
Top priced paid for a Gimmethegreenlight yearling was R900 000 spent by Mayfair Speculators for a filly out of former G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner Silver Arc.
Gimmethegreenlight, who has a stud fee of R20 000, is also well represented at the upcoming Val De Vie Yearling Sale. His six lots on sale include a colt out of National Assembly’s multiple G1 winning daughter Duchess Daba (Lot 52), a half brother to impressive debut winner Revealed (Lot 58), and a filly out of stakes winning sister to Equus Champion Young Rake (Lot 92).