Varsfontein Stud’s resident sire Gimmethegreenlight had an eye catching debut winner at Scottsville on Wednesday when 2yo Hack Green, a member of his sire’s first crop, won first time out, in open company, over 1200m.
The colt, who is trained by Dennis Drier, was bred by Varsfontein. Hack Green, who is out of the blue blooded Fort Wood mare Secret Mission, was a R950 000 purchase from last year’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale (he was the second top lot sold at that sale).
Hack Green is from the same family as G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero Pluck, who, like Gimmethegreenlight, is a son of world leading sire More Than Ready.
His victory propelled Gimmethegreenlight into top slot as South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire (by number of winners).
The son of More Than Ready has now had six individual juvenile winners this season thus far, with his recent scorers including Sunday’s winner Old Oak Tree.
An outstanding racehorse, Gimmethegreenlight himself won 6 times, with his wins including the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, where his beaten rivals included dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club.
Also a high class stakes winner at two, Gimmethegreenlight is a half brother to G1 Coolmore Classic winner Ofcourseican.
He has seven yearlings on sale at the 2016 Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale:
Lot 77 –this well bred filly, whose six winning siblings include a G2 juvenile, is out of a mare who won three and hails from the immediate family of this season’s top class filly Madame Dubois. Also from the family of champion South Vagabunda, who, like Gimmethegreenlight’s sire, is by champion sire Southern Halo
Lot 123 –a half brother to a winner, this colt is out of a winning Al Mufti half sister to a stakes horse, and from same family as the Al Mufti sired champion Arabian Lass, as well as G1 winners Arabian Beat and Smart Banker. Also the same family as promising sire Casamento, 2016 classic winner Minding and outstanding Arc winner and sire Vaguely Noble
Lot 153 –this filly, intensely inbred to champion sire Halo, is out of a three time winning Jet Master mare, and her third dam is former champion, and multiple G1 winner Vesta
Lot 190 – this well bred colt is out of a nine time stakes winning Silvano half sister to 2 stakes winners, and his second dam won the G3 Tibouchina Stakes and this is the family of Australian G1 winner Paradigm
Lot 196 – bred on the extremely successful More Than Ready/Danehill cross (ie Sebring, Perfectly Ready, Dreamaway), this filly is out of a winning Fastnet Rock half sister to a stakes horse, and this is the family of G1 winners Sheraco and Stormy Rex respectively
Lot 261 – a half sister to 2 winners, this filly is out of a winning daughter of an Epsom Derby winner and this is the same family as G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Undoubtedly
Lot 279 – out of a Western Winter half sister to 13 time stakes winner Vauclair, this filly’s second dam is G2 (now G1) Majorca Stakes winner Wild Aster (a daughter of the great broodmare sire Elliodor), and this is the family of Met winners Alastor and Wild West