Gimme relatives shine Down Under
Varsfontein Stud’s popular young stallion Gimmethegreenlight’s relatives were in the headlines in Australia this past weekend.
Red hot young sire Sebring, like Gimmethegreenlight a son of world leading sire More Than Ready, was responsible for Saturday’s Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes winner Dissident.
The latter, winner of the Group1 Randwick Guineas previously, has now won over $1.5 million in prize money and rates as one of the leaders of his generation.
Dissident’s sire, Sebring, Australia’s Champion 2YO Colt in 2007-2008, has made a cracking start to the 2014-2015 season and currently ranks sixth on the Australian general sires list. He has already been represented by a pair of stakes winners early on in this season, and Sebring sired progeny look likely to feature prominently in major Australian features in 2014-2015.
Sebring made a superb start to his stud career, with his first crop producing the Group 1 winners Dissident and Criterion. His second crop, now 3, have already produced four stakes winners making Sebring one of Australia’s most exciting young stallions and another great flagbearer for the powerful Halo male line.
Sebring and Gimmethegreenlight’s sire, More Than Ready, is an exceptional stallion, whose offspring have shone all over the world. The sire of over 130 stakes winners, and a champion sire in both hemispheres, More Than Ready’s stakes winners in 2014 include the brilliant US filly Room Service – winner of both the Gr1 American Oaks and Gr1 Ashland Stakes. In total, More Than Ready has sired 17 Grade/Group 1 winners including such standouts as Verrazano, Room Service, Buster’s Ready, Phelan’s Ready and More Joyous. The latter, who recently gave birth to a Frankel filly, won a staggering 21 races, of which eight were Group 1 features.
Gimmethegreenlight’s female line also featured in a major Australian feature race on Saturday.
Talented Commands filly Gregers, whose long term mission is the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, won the Group 3 Sportingbet W W Cockram Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield, besting a field which included the top-class fillies Commanding Jewel, Dear Demi and Bonaria.
Now a six time winner who has earned over $600 000 in prize money, Gregers is out of Satnav – a full sister to Yes She Can Cancan (Canny Lad-Dove Vai).
The latter is the dam of G1 winners Gimmethegreenlight and Ofcourseican (Coolmore Classic).
Winner of the 2012 Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, Gimmethegreenlight’s first crop are yearlings in 2015.