HOT on the heels of receiving his Equus Award, Gimmethegreenlight (above) also scooped up the silverware for Champion Sire at the Cape Breeders Awards.
In addition, his Varsfontein-bred son Yulong Prince was named International Horse of the Year while the accolade for Champion Stayer went the way of fellow Varsfontein-bred, the Triple Crown winner Malmoos.
Congratulations also go out to our longstanding clients Alec and Gillian Foster, who bred the Eastern Cape's newly-crowned Champion Juvenile, Whatever Next.
Foaled and raised at Varsfontein, the What A Winter colt captured last season's East Cape Nursery and Dahlia Plate and recently kicked off his sophomore campaign on a winning note.

THERE is just no stopping Master Of My Fate. The second-leading sire of 2020-21, he has wasted no time in stamping his authority on the new racing season and currently finds himself at the top of General Sires List.
In addition, he sired the first Western Cape stakes winner of the season when Varsfontein-bred son Zapatillas captured the Listed Sophomore Sprint at Kenilworth.
The Brett Crawford-trained three-year-old colt followed up on a smart debut victory when he unleashed a powerful finish from off the pace to make it two wins from as many starts.

Zapatillas (Spanish for 'slipper') is the second foal of stakes-placed five-time winner Moggytwoshoes (Mogok), who incidentally shares her third dam, Zimbabwe Oaks winner Island Farewell, with another of our broodmares, the Gr.2 winner Townsend, the dam of Gr.1 Tsogo Sun Medallion winner Eden Roc.
Zapatillas pictured as a yearling.

Another Master Of My Fate colt destined to make his way through the sprint divisions is After The Rain, who recently completed a hat-trick up the Scottsville straight.
Trained by Gareth van Zyl, the striking, almost white four-year-old bounced out of the gate and was never in danger of defeat, powering home under Anton Marcus.
Unraced at two and with few miles on the clock after just five starts, he is fast making up for lost time. Definitely one to keep an eye on!

GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT three-year-old Prince Of Fire stamped himself feature race material with a dashing display of front-running up the Turffontein straight.
On the lead from the jump, the Wernars' three-year-old kept on relentlessly and, finding another gear, stretched away to complete a perfect hat-trick of wins.
The unbeaten colt was bred by Brian Finch from a daughter of Joshua Dancer.

Prince Of Fire lives up to his name.

NEWS from Australia is that Varsfontein-bred Alexandra Rose has foaled her tenth foal, a filly by boom sire Snitzel. She will be bred back to the outstanding son of Redoute's Choice.
Whilst her Gr.1 winning daughter Oleksandra is destined for the sales ring in November, mum looks to have another decent sort in her three-year-old full brother Prince Alexander.

  The Animal Kingdom colt notched up his second success with a two-length victory over 1400m in early September and as recently as last weekend, finished just out of the money in a blanket finish in the Gr.2 Stutt Stakes at Mooney Valley.
He too,races for Team Valor, and holds an entry to the $2-million Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas.

We are fortunate to count Alexandra Rose's daughter Alice Springs amongst our broodmares. She foaled a filly by One World on the first day of spring and visits Erik The Red this season.

Prince Alexander strides to victory.


SPEAKING of Erik The Red (above), he has taken to his stallion career with gusto, so much so that eight of our own mares have already been scanned in foal, amongst which are Kite Runner, the dam of stakes winners Blackball and Maleficent; Miss Texas, a half-sister to Gr.1 winner Miss Florida; and Arc Lamp, a daughter of SA Oaks winner Arcola.
He recently covered our champion Bela-Bela and the stakes winner American Princess, whilst those set to visit the son of Captain Al include Bela-Bela's Gr.2 winning half-sister and Gr.1 producer Secret Of Victoria, as well as the dams of Gr.1 winners Yulong Prince, Kilindini and Undercover Agent, and the unbeaten Zapatillas.

SPRINGTIME brings new life and nothing fails to inspire and delight us more than the sight of mares with foals at foot gracing our paddocks. To date, we have foaled down more than 60 of our own mares, amongst which are Bela-Bela and her celebrated half-sister Secret Of Victoria, the stakes winners Princess Peach, Canukeepitsecret and Amy Johnson, as well as the dams of Yulong Prince, Ghaalla, Due Diligence, Zapatillas, and Bunker Hunt. Pictured below are some of our early arrivals.

The Gimmethegreenlight own sister to Yulong Prince.

Master Of My Fate filly out of Gr.3 winner Princess Peach.

One World filly out of Erik The Red's stakes-placed half-sister Scandola.

Pictures courtesy of Jeremy Nelson, Gold Circle, 
JC Photos