Varsfontein Stud’s boom sire Gimmethegreenlight enjoyed another memorable weekend this past week with his trio of local winners including an eye catching feature race winner in the form of Beataboutthebush.

The latter captured the Listed East Cape Paddock Stakes for a second year running when landing that second leg of the East Cape F&M Challenge impressively at Fairview on Friday.
Beataboutthebush, a former East Cape champion, stamped her claims to another possible local award when running on strongly to score a head win over Smokey Affair in Friday’s 1600m feature.


Trained by Alan Greeff, Beataboutthebush was ridden to victory by Greg Cheyne –who was winning for a fifth time aboard the filly.

Bred by Varsfontein Stud, the remarkably consistent four-year-old, a member of G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winning sire’s impressive first crop, was a R300 000 buy from the 2015 National Sale.
Beataboutthebush, who has now won or placed in seven black type contests, has now won eight and took her earnings to R689 100 with Friday’s win.

Her previous wins include last year’s East Cape Paddock Stakes and 2017 Listed Breeders’ Guineas.

Beataboutthebush was one of a trio of winners for Gimmethegreenlight this past weekend, with others including 2yo scorer Green Sea and Autumn Rain. The latter made it back to back wins when scoring for Ormond, David and Luke Ferraris and Turffontein on Saturday.

South Africa’s Champion First Crop Sire of 2015-2016, Gimmethegreenlight has been represented by a number of high class stakes winners this season, notably G1 Daily News 2000 winner Surcharge, G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner Barahin, and G2 Camellia Stakes vixen Green Plains.


The son of More Than Ready’s 11 lots on offer at next month’s National Two Year Old Sale include a half-sister to seven time stakes winner Jet Jamboree (Lot 17), a filly out of G1 Empress Club Stakes winner Fair Maiden (Lot 245), a ¾ sister to champion Along Came Polly (Lot 391) and a full brother to G3 Magnolia Handicap winner Green Pepper (Lot 435).