Varsfontein Stud’s red hot sire Gimmethegreenlight was responsible for his 21st stakes winner when his promising three-year-old son Green Laser won the G3 Sea Cottage Stakes (1800m) at Turffontein on Saturday.
Trained by Robbie Sage, Green Laser romped home, under jockey Gavin Lerena, to record a highly impressive, two and a quarter length win in Saturday’s G3 feature, with the Gimmethegreenlight colt stamping himself a likely classic contender in the process.
Out of the Parade Leader mare Dance Domain (and thus bred on the same Gimmethegreenlight/ Parade Leader cross as G3 Heineken Chairman’s Cup/G3 Cape Summer Stayers Handicap winner Gimme One Night), Green Laser has now won two of only seven starts.
Third in the Listed Secretariat Stakes at his penultimate start, and third in last season’s G3 Protea Stakes, Green Laser was a R100 000 buy from the 2018 National Yearling Sale.
Green Laser, bred by Varsfontein Stud, was one of three winners at Turffontein on Saturday for Gimmethegreenlight, whose classy daughters Lady Of Steel and La Bella Mia won races three and five respectively on Saturday.
South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2015-2016, Gimmethegreenlight looks to have another hugely promising three-year-old this season in the form of Lady Of Steel. The latter made it three wins from as many starts when running out a very impressive winner over 1600m on Saturday. Also ridden to victory by Gavin Lerena, the Lammerskraal Stud bred Lady Of Steel may now be aimed at the G3 Acacia Handicap later in the season.
Lady Of Steel, an impressive winner of her first two starts over 1200m, was a R700 000 buy from the 2018 National 2YO Sale.
Her paternal half-sister La Bella Mia, winner of the 2019 G2 Post Merchants, showed her class when defying 61.5kgs to score a facile one and a quarter length win over 1200m.
Trained by Weiho Marwing, the five-year-old has now won six times, with La Bella Mia bred on the same Gimmethegreenlight/Jet Master as G2 SA Fillies Nursery winner Green Plains.
Gimmethegreenlight, whose yearlings made up to R2 200 000 at the recent Cape Premier Yearling Sale, has a single filly (Lot 59) at the upcoming Cape Yearling Sale.