Varsfontein Stud’s in-form stallion Gimmethegreenlight was responsible for a second graded stakes winner in as many weekends when his top-class son Barahin romped home to a fluent win in Saturday’s G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile at Turffontein over the weekend.
The weekend before, Gimmethegreenlight had been responsible for the first and third home in the G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship, courtesy of his daughters Third Runway and Roll In The Hay.
One of six winners on the day for trainer Mike de Kock, and one of five for jockey Callan Murray, the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Barahin stamped himself a leading contender for the upcoming G1 Gauteng Bidvest Summer Cup with a bold win in Saturday’s R1 000 000 feature.
The late withdrawal at the start of Johan Janse van Vuuren’s Divine Odyssey (7-1) failed to delay the jump and the field was sent on their way, with Approach Control leading Chijmes and Tristful early on.
Into the home run, Chijmes maintained the lead – but when Callan Murray found a gap at the 350m, it was race over.Four backhanders sent Barahin on his way and the 4yo strode out well to draw clear and beat Chijmes by 3,50 lengths in a time of 98,1 secs.
Cascapedia and Flying Winger dead-heated for third, a further 3,25 lengths back.
A graded stakes winner now at two, three and four, Barahin, whose promising paternal half-sister In The Dance ran sixth in the Charity Mile, has won 5 of his 10 starts with 3 places for stakes of R1 823 125. (Remarkably, Barahin and In The Dance were Gimmethegreenlight’s only two runners at Turffontein on Saturday).
Out of the Silvano mare Mocha Special, the colt was a R2 600 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
Barahin was one of two winners for Gimmethegreenlight on Saturday, with the sire’s 3yo daugher Lady Lu scoring a facile maiden win, at just the second time of asking, when victorious over 1200m at Kenilworth on the same day.
Gimmethegreenlight is a son of outstanding stallion More Than Ready, whose daughter Uni captured the G1 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile, and who is broodmare sire of Friday’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Structor and G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint winner Four Wheel Drive.