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De Kock hopes son of Redoute's Choice will stand in South Africa

While pedigree is not the be-all and end-all when it comes to a thoroughbred’s ability, it is not by accident that some pedigrees prove stronger than others and as a result become commercially successful.

Long Serving Champion Ready For Another Season

More Than Ready

The longevity and durability of champion dual hemisphere sire More Than Ready is a rarity among shuttle stallions.

More Than Ready hasn’t missed a season in Australia since retiring to Vinery Kentucky in 2001.

Magic Millions National Yearling Sale - Day 2 Review

Haptic's half brother tops Day 2

A colt by boom sire I Am Invincible topped the second day of the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

Presented by Yarraman Park Stud, the colt from the six time winning Beautiful Crown mare Troubeaut, was knocked down for $260,000 to John Crowley for Mecca Thoroughbreds.

Gimmethegreenlight Retired To South African Stud

More Than Ready's Group 1 winning colt Gimmethegreenlight has been retired to stud in South Africa after suffering a ligament injury.

Shea Shea To Join Overseas Exodus

Champion Gauteng sprinter Shea Shea is on the move and is to join the many top South African horses bound for overseas assignments.

Overseas Plans Deferred For Variety Bay

Gimmethegreenlight<br>Photo by Gold Circle

Grade One winner Variety Club will stay in South Africa until after next year's G1 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate before a planned overseas campaign that will include racing in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

His next intended target is the G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge at Clairwood on June 9 as his last outing of the current season.

Classic Double For KZN Trainers

Kwazulu-Natal trainers had a field day at Turffontein on Saturday when Gavin van Zyl and Dennis Drier landed the R2 million SA Classic and the R1 million SA Fillies Classic double with Slumdogmillionaire and Bambina Stripes.

Durban Out For Gimmethegreenlight

Gimmethegreenlight<br>Photo by Liesl King

Gimmethegreenlight will return to Cape Town after his failure in the G1 SA Classic at Turffontein on Saturday, his trainer Justin Snaith ruling out all suggestions of a Durban campaign.

Snaith expressed the wish “to get him back to Cape Town as soon as possible” after the his fading seventh in the Classic.

All Go For Gimmethegreenlight

Queen's Plate winner Gimmethregeenlight began a campaign that could end in America when he confirmed his well-being and readiness for Classic Day with a superb first-up win at Turffontein on March 13.

Success for Ofcourseican in Liverpool City Cup

NSW breeder David Bentata has had a summer most breeders can only dream of with Group 1 success for Gimmethegreenlight in the Queen's Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth and then the half-sister Ofcourseican winning senior black type in the $120,000, Group 3, Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Success for Ofcourseican in Liverpool City Cup

NSW breeder David Bentata has had a summer most breeders can only dream of with Group 1 success for Gimmethegreenlight in the Queen's Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth and then the half-sister Ofcourseican winning senior black type in the $120,000, Group 3, Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Magic Millions Employs South African Trainer

Trainer Paul Lafferty has been appointed as agent for the Magic Millions company in South Africa.

Australian Interest In Cape Premier Sale

There was some significant Australian interest in the Cape Premier Sale held at Kenilworth.

Big Targets For Bravura

Bravura<br>Photo by Gold Circle

J & B Met runner-up Bravura is to join Joey Ramsden's select Cape Town band intent on plundering the big Turffontein prizes.

Ramsden said: “Bravura will go up to Johannesburg this week and he will run in the H.F. Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes on March 31 followed by the President's Champion Challenge on April 28.”

J & B Met Barrier Draw

Igugu draws seven<br>Photo by Liesl King

The draw for the R2.5m, Grade 1, J & B Met (2000m) at Kenilworth on January 28th was held at the course on Thursday with the South African Horse Of The Year Igugu drawing perfectly in barrier seven.

The mare likes to race handy and Mike de Kock, who has had a multitude of wide draws in the Cape, will be well pleased.

Locals Work Out Ahead Of J & B Met

Beach Beauty stretches out at trackwork<br>Photo by Liesl King

The local contenders for the major feature of the 2012 Sizzling Summer Season at Kenilworth, the R2.5m, Grade 1, The J &B Met (2000m), exercised on the course proper on Thursday morning giving the crowd in attendance a glimpse of what can be expected on Saturday week, January 28th.

While the Johannesburg entries, including the shortest priced Met favourite (11/10) for many years the Mike De Kock trained Igugu, worked at Turffontein, the Cape trained runners all stretched out on the Kenilworth turf.

Igugu Heads Strong Met Field

Igugu wins the Durban July<br>Photo by Gold Circle

There were few surprises when the final field was announced for the R2.5-million J&B Met to be run over 2000m at Kenilworth on Saturday 28 January with South Africa's reigning Horse of the Year Igugu heading a fantastic field of 16.

Australian-bred Igugu, the winner of nine of her 11 starts in South Africa including the G1 Vodacom Durban July, has recovered from a slight setback and is a hot ante-post favourite for the finale to the Sizzling Summer Season in the Western Cape.

Grade 1 Fields Due Monday

The final fields for the three Grade 1 races on J & B Met Day at Kenilworth on January 28th were released on Monday.

Summer Season Countdown

Champion mare Igugu<br>Photo by Liesl King

The countdown has begun for the highlight of South Africa's Sizzling Summer Season, the R2.5 million, Grade 1 J & B Met to be run over 2000m at Kenilworth, Cape Town, on January 28th.

An unusual feature of the J & B Met is that the final field of 20 is determined by what is called the

More Light For Vinery Super Stallion

Gimmethegreenlight after winning Queens Plate<br>Photo by Gold Circle

Connections of Australian-bred galloper Gimmethegreenlight have every intention of accepting an offer to contest the Breeders' Cup in 2012 after the South African owned colt won the Grade 1 Queens Plate at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Gimmethegreenlight (3c More Than Ready - Yes She Can Cancan by Canny Lad) turned the tables on Variety Club in a thrilling finish to South Africa's premier summer event. The Australian bred colt had been an unlucky fourth to Variety Club (Var) the last time they met in the G1 Cape Guineas on December 17.

Gimmethegreenlight Takes Queen's Plate

Gimmethegreenlight  wins the Queens Plate<br>Photo by Liesl King

It was billed as a contest between the ladies and the champion three-year-old, Variety Club and it almost was.

But in a masterful ride, Pierre Strydom, aboard the “forgotten” three-year-old Gimmethegreenlight(AUS) snatched the lead with 25m left to go in the R1 million, Grade 1 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate(1600m) at Kenilworth on Saturday, beating the favourite Variety Club into second.

Fourie Splits With Snaith Stable

Leading jockey Richard Fourie has walked out on his position as a stable rider for top trainer Justin Snaith.

Cape Guineas Date With Destiny

The R1 million, Grade 1, Cape Guineas(1600m) is normally the testing ground of the best of the three-year-old crop in any given year.

Variety Club Dances To Victory In The Selangor

The Joey Ramsden trained Variety Club, showed just why his trainer calls him one of the best three year olds in the country as he stepped up to win the R300 000 Grade 2 Selangor Cup(1600m) in commanding fashion.

Liancourt To Rock In The Selangor

Liancourt Rock<br>Photo by Liesl King

The action on Sunday is at Kenilworth in Cape Town where the running of the Grade 2 Selangor Cup over 1600m takes place.

This race is often used as a stepping stone to the Cape Guineas and this year is no different as some of the top three year olds come together for the first time. Interestingly the top five contenders come from just two stables.

Kenilworth Next For Delago Deluxe

Last season's top two-year-old Delago Deluxe, third on his reappearance in the Cape Classic, will turn out again for the Betting World Merchants at Kenilworth on Sunday.

Depardieu Reclaims Form To Take Cape Classic

Depardieu wins the Classic<br>Photo by Gold Circle

Depardieu, who has failed to inspire since turning three, finally displayed his two-year-old brilliance by winning the Grade 3 Cape Classic at Kenilworth on Saturday.

As a two-year-old, Depardieu won the Grade 3 Nursery (1200m) by 2.5 lengths and then finished a half length second behind the talented Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) in his subsequent start.