Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Gimmethegreenlight looks to have a top class filly on his hands in the form of Green Pepper.
The latter made it three wins from just four outings when bolting home to score by two and a quarter lengths in Sunday’s Listed Gardenia Stakes at Turffontein, and Green Pepper looks a filly of graded race potential.
Bred by Varsfontein Stud, the Johan Janse Van Vuuren trained Green Pepper, a R300 000 buy from the 2015 Val De Vie Yearling Sale, has now earned over R428 000.
She is bred on the same Gimmethegreenlight/Fort Wood cross as G2 Umkhomazi Stakes winner Hack Green, and is the third stakes winner to have emerged from Gimmethegreenlight’s impressive first crop.
This first crop was also responsible for the above mentioned Hack Green as well as G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner, and Equus Award nominee, Gunner.
South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2015-2016, Gimmethegreenlight’s 27 first crop winners also include Bloodstock SA Million Mile hero Legend, and the very useful feature race contenders Green Lantern and Skip The Red.
Winner of the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, Gimmethegreenlight is a son of outstanding shuttle sire More Than Ready, whose 165 stakes winners include impressive recent G2 Choice Carriers Fillies Championship winner, and G1 Cape Fillies Guineas hope, Ektifaa as well as 2016 G1 winners Prized Icon and Eagle Way.
Gimmethegreenlight has seven lots on offer at the upcoming CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale –
Lot 2 – out of a five time winning daughter of speed sire Var, this filly’s second dam is a G2 placed stakes winner of four and this is the famed Felucca family responsible for Oaks winners Bireme and Talent
Lot 5 – this well bred colt is out of a Galileo half sister to Equus Champion and G1 Dubai Sheema Classic winner Sun Classique, and his second dam is a daughter of champion sire Last Tycoon and Oaks winner Gamine
Lot 52 – a half brother to 2 winners overseas, this colt is out of a three parts sister to Royal Ascot G3 winner Endorsement and this is the same family as classic winner Indian Haven, top SA sire Count Dubois and champion full brothers Diesis and Kris
Lot 66 – a half brother to a winner, this colt is out of a mare who won three and hails from the same family as G1 Garden Province winner Dynamite Lady and current smart filly Wrecking Ball
Lot 137 – this well bred colt is out of a half brother to G2 Drill Hall Stakes winner Tales Of Bravery and a three parts sister to US G1 winner Gypsy’s Warning. Closely inbred to the great sire Halo, this is also the family of Oaks winning sisters Noble Destiny and Royal Prophecy
Lot 166- this filly, a half sister to 4 winners, is out of a stakes winning mare and is from the same family as G1 Summer Cup winner Master Sabina, Fillies Guineas winner Kendal Green and G1 winning 2yo This England
Lot 233 –this colt, a half brother to 4 winners- one of whom won five, is closely inbred to Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad –damsire of sire Gimmethegreenlight and broodmare sire Redoute’s Choice. This is the great Denise’s Joy family –which produced, to the cover of Gimmethegreenlight’s sire More Than Ready, 21 time winning champion More Joyous, and is also responsible for champion sire Thorn Park and SA star Joie de Grise