Last season’s Leading First Crop Sire Gimmethegreenlight has been enjoying a constant stream of winners, with his progeny scoring all over South Africa in the past few weeks.
Gimmethegreenlight progeny have won feature races the past two Fridays running, with his son Gimme The Stars making it three on the bounce when victorious in the Listed Ibhayi Stakes two weeks ago (another Gimmethegreenlight son Green Lantern ran third in the Ibhayi), and daughter Beataboutthebush scoring her first feature race success when successful in Friday’s Listed Breeders’ Guineas at Fairview.
Bred by Varsfontein Stud, Beataboutthebush (a R300 000 buy from the 2015 National 2YO Sale) has now four of just five outings, with her sole defeat coming when touched off at her previous outing.
The pair’s tally takes Gimmethegreenlight’s number of first crop stakes winners to five, with his previous black type winners including G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner and Equus Award nominee Gunner, and graded winners Green Pepper and Hack Green. Promising filly, Gimme Six, a good third, to G1 winner Just Sensual, in the recent G3 Vasco Taverna Prix du Cap, is another to have emerged from this crop.
Another big winner from this crop was the now sidelined Legend, whose wins included the Bloodstock SA Million Mile, and who has won nearly R700 000 in stakes thus far.
The son of More Than Ready has also been enjoying a good spell with juveniles, with Gimmethegreenlight’s recent winners including Saturday’s 2yo winner Rose In Bloom, and debut winners Green Plains and Green Top. To date, he has been represented by five juvenile winners this season – and is second (jointly with Var) only to Sail From Seattle as the country’s leading sire of 2yo winners for 2016-2017 thus far.
Another 2yo by the sire, La Bella Mia, ran third in Saturday’s Listed Ruffian Stakes, to provide her G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winning sire with yet another black type performer, while the well bred first timer Light On Her Toes made a pleasing debut when a close up third at Scottsville on Sunday and she looks like she could well provide Gimmethegreenlight with yet another juvenile winner before too long!
The Varsfontein Stud based stallion has 7 lots on Thursday’s Cape Yearling Sale, and a further seven on the weekend’s March Yearling Sale.
Gimmethegreenlight’s stock have already found favour with buyers this year –with the sire’s yearlings fetching up to R1 500 000 this year.