Varsfontein Stud’s red hot young sire Gimmethegreenlight has been in blistering form this season.
The son of More Than Ready’s last eight runners included no fewer than five winners, a number of whom looking like hugely exciting 3yos for the season ahead.
Gimmethegreenlight’s latest winning streak includes impressive debut winner Nitro Charger, who recently won over 1160m at Turffontein at the first time of asking. Trained by Chris Erasmus, the colt is the first winner for his three time winning dam Mgede (by National Emblem).
Another of the sire’s progeny to impress with a smart recent win was the Varsfontein Stud bred Green Lantern, who made it two wins from as many outings when scoring a facile three and a half length (over older rivals) over 1200m at Fairview recently. Trained by Alan Greeff, Green Lantern (who looks a potential feature race contender) was a R160 000 buy from last year’s National Two Year Old Sale, and he looks a really exciting prospect.
(Like the top class Hack Green, Green Lantern is a son of Gimmethegreenlight out of a Fort Wood mare).
Yet another eye catching winner for the handsome Gimmethegreenlight, who is booked full this season, is the Justin Snaith (who also handled Gimme) trained Gimme Six. This well bred filly, who had finished third over 1000m on debut, made no mistakes at the second time of asking and trotted up over 1200m for owners Hassen Adams and Ken and Jane Truter. Highly rated by connections, Gimme Six looks yet another bright prospect for her sensational sire in 2016-2017.
A former winner of the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (where he beat dual Horse Of The Year and subsequent Queen’s Plate hero Variety Club), Gimmethegreenlight ended the 2015-2016 season as South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire.
His exceptional first crop not only includes the impressive winners listed above but also G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Gunner (himself an Equus Award nominee) and undefeated G2 Umkhomazi Stakes hero Hack Green.