Varsfontein Stud is home to South Africa’s latest sire sensation, Gimmethegreenlight.
The latter, South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire for 2015-2016, capped a remarkable first season when he was represented by a pair of impressive first crop graded winners at Greyville on Super Sunday.
Gimmethegreenlight’s first graded winner on the day (and first stakes winner overall) came in the form of the Varsfontein Stud bred Hack Green.
The latter, a R950 000 buy from the inaugural Val De Vie Yearling Sale, pulverized a smart looking field of 2yos when scoring a three length win in Sunday’s G2 Umkhomazi Stakes.
Now unbeaten in two outings, the Dennis Drier trained colt unleashed a wicked turn of foot to land Sunday’s R300 000 contest impressively, with the previously undefeated Wrecking Ball back in second, and Rocky Valley back in third.
Hack Green, who races for Messrs Dally, Abery, Adams, Buhr, and Loubser, is from the same family as another of Varsfontein Stud’s popular young sires –Master Of My Fate.
Gunner provided his sire with not only a graded double –but also became Gimmethegreenlight’s first ever G1 winner when he saluted in Sunday’s Premier Champion Stakes.
A first G1 winner produced by the Nadeson Park Stud, the Paul Gadsby trained colt, who looks a potential classic contender for the upcoming season, made it win number two from just five outings and he has now amassed R493 000 in stakes.
Gunner’s win stamped the colt as a potential Equus Award candidate, and this R200 000 buy from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale is the latest feather in the cap of his sensational young sire.
Gimmethegreenlight ended the 2015-2016 as South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire by stakes and winners, and the son of outstanding shuttle sire More Than Ready also ended the season as South Africa’s third Leading Sire of 2YOS by stakes. To date, Gimmethegreenlight’s first crop of 2yos produced 14 winners of 16 races, and they won R1 776 762 last season.
Gimme’s first crop not only produced the above mentioned pair of graded winners in Gunner and Hack Green but also such promising debut winners as Beataboutthebush, Green Lantern, Green Pepper and the stakes placed gelding Skip The Red.
He looks a seriously exciting young sire!