POSTHUMOUS STRIKE FOR GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT RELATIVE

Promising two-year-old filly Hoi An credited her sire Longma (Sebring) with posthumous honours as his first stakes-winner when she captured the G3 Furphy – Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Given a ground-saving ride by Shaun O’Donnell, the Roy Rogers-trained filly powered home to defeat Policiere by a long-neck with the favourite Pat’s Got Sass a length further back in third.

It was the second win for the Mt Hallowell Stud-bred Hoi An, who has not finished further back than third in four starts.

The filly is one of just two live foals produced in now deceased sire Longma’s second crop, with Longma’s tiny first crop made up of a mere six foals.

The son of Sebring opened his career with an 8-length win on debut at Werribee when trained by Mick Price. He was later transferred to Gai Waterhouse, for whom he won and ran Sir Moments to a half-length in the Listed Daybreak Lover Plate at Eagle Farm.

Longma is one of five winners, all black-type horses, produced by dual winning Canny Lad mare Yes She Can Cancan. The latter is best known as the dam of G1 Coolmore Classic heroine Ofcourseican (herself dam of G3 winner Persan) and G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winning top sire Gimmethegreenlight (pictured above).

The latter was sired by More Than Ready (also the sire of Sebring) making Gimmethegreenlight a three-parts brother to the ill-fated Longma.

Currently South Africa’s Leading Sire, by stakes, for 2020-2021, Gimmethegreenlight has a superb draft for the upcoming National Yearling Sale highlighted by yearlings out of graded stakes-winning mares All Is Secret, Arcola, Bit On The Side, Festival Of Fire, Kwinta, Lanner Falcon, Magic Smoke, Star Express, Sunsational and Thunder Dance.