VARSFONTEIN-bred  juvenile Eden Roc (above) confirmed he's a star in the making when he added the Gr.2 Golden Horseshoe to his equally impressive win in the Gr.1 Gold Medallion.
A hugely popular banker on the Durban July card, the son of Var was backed as if defeat was out of the question and he duly delivered, finishing with a flourish to shade stable companion Putontheredlight in what turned out to be an all-Van Niekerk finish.
Eden Roc was purchased for R340,000 at last year's National Yearling Sale, a snip, considering his earnings now stand at R915,625!
He is out of Townsend (Captain Al), who won both the Gr.2 Odessa Stud Filies Championship and Gr.3 Diana Stakes and is a half-sister to the Tarry-trained Gr.1 Champions Challenge winner Regal Ransom, a son of our former standout stallion Caesour.


Baharin defeats older rivals in the Gr.3 Jubilee Stakes
THAT Gimmethegreenlight enjoyed a purple patch in June would be an understatement, the son of More Than Ready siring no less than five individual stakes winners.
Zimbabwean-based daughter Simona kicked off the month in fine style with a second straight victory in the OK Grand Challenge at Borrowdale Park.
The five-year-old mare made light work of the 1800m race and streaked home by three lengths. This was a ninth Zimbabwean success for the mare, to go along with a maiden win at Scottsville second time out at three. Arguably the leading older female in training in Zimbabwe, she is out of Western Winter mare Ginger Hill.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum-owned Barahin confirmed his class when he lowered the colours of some talented older rivals in the Gr.3 Jubilee Handicap at Turffontein. The three-year-old came from last in the straight, surged into the lead 100m out and drew clear to win with a minimum of fuss.
Trainer Mike de Kock: “He gave them weight and a beating. It was a massive win for a three-year-old.”
Barely a week later, the filly La Bella Mia  added to her sire's  tally when winning the Gr.2 Post Merchants at the expense of some outstanding male rivals, notably the Gr.1 winners Kasimir and Bold Respect.

La Bella Mia strides to victory in the Gr.2 Post Merchants
Trained by Weiho Marwing for brother and former champion jockey, Weichong, the four-year-old stormed into the lead close home and drew clear to win the 1200m sprint going away.
Gimmethegreenlight's 16 winning two-year-olds include the stakes winner Kaydens Pride who followed in Barahin's footsteps to give his sire back-to-back wins in the Listed Gatecrasher Stakes at Greyville.

Stakes success for Kaydens Pride in the Gatecrasher.
Straight off a facile maiden win over a mile, he produced a powerful finish to surge past favourite Alramz in the final strides.
Varsfontein-bred Third Runway completed her sire's stakes quintet with a game victory in the Listed Irridescence Stakes at Kenilworth.


The Glen Kotzen-trained filly built on a runaway maiden victory when holding off Master Of My Fate's daughter Driving Miss Daisy by a head in what proved to be an all Varsfontein finish, as we also foaled and raised the runner-up on behalf of client Brian Finch.

Varsfontein graduates one-two in the Listed Irridescence Stakes
Sold for R200,000 at last year's National Sale, Third Runway is the first foal of Outrage, a Black Minnaloushe half-sister to Gr.3 Prix du Cap victress Croc Valley and the fine stayer Galileo's Night. Third Runway was purchased by French Bloodstock Agent Bertrand Le Metayer and is owned by Mr P Bamford & Mesdames Charlotte Le Metayer & H Mennessier.
Sure to join Gimmethegreenlight's growing tally of stakes winners in the not too distant future is his regally-bred daughter In The Dance. The three-year-old flashed her talent in the Gr.2 Tibouchina Stakes when failing by a fast diminishing neck to peg back none other than reigning Horse of the Year - Oh Susanna. This was just the fourth outing for the half-sister to champion miler Capetown Noir
Highlighting Gimmethegreenlight's versatility as a stallion, Gold Cup hope Gimme One Night weighed in with a fine second in the Gr.3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup and was beaten no more than a neck in the Gr.3 Betting World 2200, while Evolver found only one better in the Listed Port Elizabeth Gold Cup over a lung-bursting 3600m.

MASTER OF MY FATE's first-crop son (3yo) Twist Of Fate ran the race of his life to finish third in the Gr.1 Vodacom Durban July. Yet to finish out of the first three this season, this class act overcame his wide 14 draw and was beaten less than two lengths, a wonderful feat indeed!
Twist Of Fate heads Master Of My Fate’s sterling first crop, which also includes Derby Trial hero Gift For The Gap and talented Gr.3 performer Triple Fate Line.
Further afield, Varsfontein-bred colt Silverstone Air has added to his sire's growing reputation as Kenya's top sophomore. An R80,000 bargain buy at the 2017 National 2YO Sale, the bay romped to an impressive eight-length victory in the Kenya St Leger. He also won The Royal Artillery Cup, to complete a clean sweep of the Kenyan Triple Crown, having previously won both the Kenya Guineas and Derby in tremendous style.

Silverstone Air pictured as a two-year-old
Silverstone Air is the second stakes winner out of the Fort Wood mare Lady Magic, who is also the dam of Gr.2-placed Sweet Chestnut victress Secret Pleasure (Al Mufti).
Master Of My Fate has also made an impression with his second crop, now juveniles, which is headed by Gr.2 SA Fillies Nursery winner Basadi Faith, Gr.3 Godolphin Barb runner up Master Of Illusion and Gr.3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery third Driving Miss Daisy, who just failed in the Irridescence Stakes.


GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT's success on the racetrack spilled over into the sales ring when SUGARCOATEDGREEN (lot 49) ended up as the second highest-priced lot at the KZN Yearling Sale. Consigned by Nadeson Park Stud, he was snapped up for R550,000 by Nic Jonsson, owner of dual Durban July winner Do It Again.
Gimmethegreenlight was the Leading Sire by Aggregate with his nine lots catalogued selling for a total of R1,760,000.