Impressive debut win for Gimme sibling
Longma, a three parts brother to Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Gimmethegreenlight, made an impressive winning debut in Australia on Wednesday. The 2yo colt won a 1100m maiden plate by an impressive eight lengths, and is considered a potential Guineas contender by his connections.
Longma, who is being at a tilt at the G1 Caulfield Guineas next season, is a son of former G1 Golden Slipper and one of Australia’s leading first crop sires, Sebring. The latter is, like Gimmethegreenlight, a son of world leading sire More Than Ready. Sebring, one of the best juveniles to have raced in Australia in recent years, stands for a fee of $38,500 – the equivalent of over R340 000.
Longma and Gimmethegreenlight are both out of the outstanding Canny Lad mare, Yes She Can Cancan. The latter is also the dam of outstanding Aussie racemare Ofcourseican, whose eight wins included three features highlighted by a tremendous win in the G1 Coolmore Classic.
Unfortunately, Yes She Can Cancan died in 2012, but is survived by a Nadeem yearling filly.
Gimmethegreenlight, who was booked full in his first season at Varsfontein, was an outstanding racehorse in his own right. The colt won his first four in a row at two, and was third in the Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes, before his impressive sophomore campaign.
The first 3yo to win the prestigious G1 L’Omarins Queen’s Plate in over 40 years, the magnificent looking Gimmethegreenlight is the most recent horse to have defeated Horse of the Year Variety Club over 1600m.
He retired having won six times and earned over R1 000 000 in prize money.
Gimmethegreenlight’s first foals are eagerly awaited next season!