Sunday, 5 August 2012
: South African breeders have been quick to signal their approval of More Than Ready's classy G1 winner Gimmethegreenlight following his recent retirement to stud.
Photo by Liesl King
The industry welcomed Gimmethregreenlight when he was paraded in front of a huge crowd at Varsfontein Stud during a recent open day.
The Australian bred stallion won six races including four as a 2YO from 1000m to 1600m highlighted by the G1 Kenilworth Queen's Plate.
Gimmethegreenlight was also placed in the G1 Greyville Premier's Champion Stakes, G1 Kenilworth J&B Met and was fourth in the G1 Greyville Golden Horseshoe and Kenilworth Cape Guineas.
"We love this horse and we dearly wanted to stand him. We bought 10 shares and we were going to buy more but with so many breeders also wanting him we had to scale down." Said Varsfontein Stud owner Susan Rowett.
Rowett said there were at least 110 confirmed bookings to the stallion for his first season.
Gimmethegreenlight was sold to prominent owner Hassen Adams for $155,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale from the Vinery Stud draft.
The colt is a half-brother to G1 Coolmore
Classic winner Ofcourseican (Mossman).
"More Than Ready is destined to be a success as a sire of sires,' said Vinery's Conor Phelan.
'One of his first sons that went to stud in the southern hemisphere was Perfectly Ready and he was Champion First Season Sire in New Zealand.
"There are positive vibes about some of his other sons at stud not to mention our own faith and investment in More Than Ready's Breeders' Cup winning son Pluck, who starts serving his first Australian season in a few weeks time.'
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