Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Gimmethegreenlight has enjoyed a purple patch of success lately, with his runners winning good races all over the country.
The former G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner had a quick double at Greyville last Friday when his sons Galtero and Uncle JB won the first two races on the card.
The Willem Englebrecht JR bred Galtero became his sire’s first winner on the card, when running out an easy 1.75 length winner of a maiden plate over 1200m. Gimmethegreenlight was back in the winners box in the very next race, when his son Uncle JB ran out a comfortable two and a half length maiden winner over 1600m.
The same day, China Express made a winning Eastern Cape debut when breaking his maiden by three parts of a length over 1400m for Justin Snaith (the erstwhile trainer of Gimmethegreenlight himself).
Gimmethegreenlight’s good run of form continued at Kenilworth the following day, when his consistent daughter Light Shedder scored by one and a half lengths over 1200m.
Her sire, whose first crop included the graded winners Gunner, Green Pepper and Hack Green, is currently above the likes of Ideal World, Visionaire, Querari, Judpot and Fort Wood on the South African General Sires List.
Gimmethegreenlight’s progeny also proved hugely popular at last weekend’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale. His 13 yearlings sold fetched over R6 million, and averaged R463 461. His average was higher than such top class sires as Rock Of Gibraltar, Oratorio and Querari.
A Gimmethegreenlight colt (Lot 161) out of the superbly bred Galileo sired G3 Final Fling Stakes winner Rain Gal was sold to Bass Racing for R1.5 million, while another colt (Lot 186) by the sire, was knocked down to Peter and Ross Doyle for R1.4 million.