GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT CARRIES THE AUSTRALIAN FLAG IN SOUTH AFRICA
The Australian bred Gimmethegreenlight has proved a wonderful addition to the South African stallion band.
Not only is the son of More Than Ready South Africa’s Leading Sire for 2020-2021 by stakes, at the time of writing, Gimmethegreenlight also heads the country’s Leading Sires of 3YOs table.
At the time of writing, Gimmethegreenlight runners had won 121 races, for earnings of R8 846 800, with the sire’s 79 winners for the season thus far headed by nine black-type winners.
Gimmethegreenlight enjoyed further success at Turffontein on Saturday, where sons Got The Greenlight and Second Base ran first and second respectively in the G1 4Racing Champions Challenge, earning R450 000 and R187 500 respectively.
Further icing on the cake for Gimmethegreenlight and his growing number of fans came when the stallion supplied the R2. 8 million sales topper at the recent National Yearling Sale. Gimmethegreenlight ended the 2021 National Sale as Leading Sire by Aggregate, with his 48 yearlings to sell grossing a total of R20.96 million, further establishing him as arguably South Africa’s leading active stallion.
South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire of 2015-2016, Gimmethegreenlight (whose dual G1 winning son Yulong Prince is set to stand his first season in Victoria later this year) is currently sire of 33 stakes winners, and a further 35 black-type horses, with his black-type winners headed by triple Equus Champion, and five-time G1 winner Got The Greenlight. (The latter’s numerous high-class feats including leading home a 1-2-3 finish for his sire when winning the 2020 G1 SA Classic at the expense of half-brothers Green Laser (second) and Youcanthurrylove (third)).
Purchased for $155 000 at the 2009 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale by Hassen Adams (whose Nadeson Park Stud bred Got The Greenlight), Gimmethegreenlight was sent into training with Justin Snaith.
The More Than Ready colt showed immediate promise, with Gimmethegreenlight reeling off four wins from his first four starts, including the Listed The Betting World Somerset 1200m. He went on to finish fourth in the G1 Golden Horseshoe and third in the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes (a race subsequently won by two of his sons) to end his two-year-old campaign with four wins from six starts.
However, Gimmethegreenlight showed even better form at three, when his top effort included a defeat of subsequent dual South African Horse Of The Year Variety Club when he won the 2012 G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
He retired to stud having won six, and placed in a further six, of his 13 starts for earnings of R1 605 185.
He proved immediately popular when retiring to stud, with Gimmethegreenlight’s first book including at least 110 mares.
The blue-blooded Gimmethegreenlight’s success at stud, however, comes as no surprise. By one of the world’s most remarkable stallions More Than Ready (whose 200 plus stakes winners include Widden Stud’s ill-fated high-class sire Sebring among many others), Gimmethegreenlight is one of two G1 winners produced by two time winning Canny Lady mare Yes She Can Cancan, herself a full sister to the dam of G2 MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude victress Gregers and G3 MRC How Now Stakes winner Girl Guide.
Yes She Can Cancan also ranks as the dam of G1 ATC Coolmore Classic queen Ofcourseican (by Mossman), who made further headlines as the dam of G3 VRC Bart Cummings Handicap hero Persan (by Pierro), while Gimmethegreenlight’s short-lived, stakes-placed three-parts brother Longma (by Sebring) is responsible for this season’s high-class two-year-old Hoi An.
Gimmethegreenlight stands at Varsfontein Stud, a farm whose remarkable roll of honour includes this season’s star South African three-year-old, and World Sports Betting Triple Crown winner, Malmoos.