Super Saturday at Greyville, South Africa, gave birth to a new star among the South African stallions. It is the Australian-bred Gimmethegreenlight, based at Varsfontein stud with a fee of 20,000 rands. Hist two-year-old progeny of the stallion’s first crop put their sire, by two wins in stakes races, to the very top of the first crop sire championship.
Gimmethegreenlight's way to the top was launched by his son Hack Green in the Umkhomazi Stakes (Gr.2) when he won also the second start of his career and easily beat by three lengths Wrecking Ball, unbeaten in two previous races, the daughter of Cape Cross's full brother Great Britain. This triumph made him the first black-type winner of his sire. An hour and half later Greyville saw the Premiers Champion Stakes, a Gr.1 race for two-year-olds with a purse of 600,000 rands. Although an outsider with odds 25:1, Gunner launched a strong finish in the final yards which brought him half-a-length victory. His sire Gimmethegreenlight thus acquired not just the second stakes triumph as a sire but also the first Gr.1 achievement.
It was thank to these achievements that Gimmethegreenlight made a huge jump in the two-year-old sire championship. So far he has had forty-two runners, of which fourteen were winners in sixteen races and with a total winnings of 1,776,762 rands which puts him on the third place in the championships, behind the well-established Captain Al and Var. Among the first-time sires he is the best.
Gimmethegreenlight showed some talent already on the racecourse and he was determined for success by his nice pedigree. He was sired by the excellent stallion More Than Ready, out of Yes She Can Cancan, winner of two races in Australia, who made herself famous at stud by giving birth to the eight-time winner Ofcourseican, winner of, among other races, the Coolmore Classic (Gr.1) and Liverpool City Cup (Gr.3), and to the listed-placed La Goulue. Trained by Justin Snaith, Gimmethegreenlight raced in thirteen races in South Africa, winning six of them and finished unplaced in just a single one. The peak of his career was the triumph in the most important weight for age race in South Africa, the Queen’s Plate, where he beat the excellent Variety Club and became the best rated three-year-old in the country. His career could have been longer but shortly after the S A Classic in April 2002, the only race in which he was unplaced and where he started a short priced favourite, his owner Hussen Adams announced that the colt had sustained a minor ligament strain. Gimmethegreenlight was being aimed at Singapore and Dubai. The uncertainty of export protocols and the injury made Adams take the decision to retire him.
As we can see today, it was a lucky decision. There was a huge demand among breeders from the very beginning and he excelled with his first yearlings at local prestigious sales. At Cape Premier Sale, fourteen of his yearlings were sold for a total of 4.45 million rands and the most expensive one, a filly out of Silver Arc, the winner of the Allan Robertson Fillies Championship (Gr.1), was sold for 900,000 rands. Saturday’s results of his sons Hack Green and Gunner, plus the third place of Skip the Red in the listed Gatecrasher Stakes in June, show that the trust in Gimmethegreenlight was well-founded.