Picture: Gimme A Nother powers to another effortless win in the Gr 2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (JC Photos)
Mauritzfontein Stud are confident the Mike de Kock-trained Gimme A Nother will see out the Gr 2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks trip of 2450m.
This means the Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein Stud-bred Gimmethegreenlight filly will have a fine chance of emulating Cherry On The Top and Summer Pudding as homebred fillies to have won the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara running in the famous black with a yellow sash, sleeves and cap colours of Mauritzfontein Stud.
The colours were previously registered under the name of the stud’s founders, Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer.
In 2013 the Ormond Ferarris-trained Cherry On The Top (Tiger Ridge) became the second horse to do the Triple Tiara after the Mike de Kock-trained Australian-bred Igugu (Galileo) had pulled it off in 2011.
In 2020 The Paul Peter-trained Summer Pudding (Silvano) became the third horse to land the Triple Tiara.
The Paul Matchett-trained War Of Athena (Act Of War) landed the Triple Tiara the following year in 2021.
Gimme A Nother has only won the first leg so far, the Gr 2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Guineas, so it is jumping the gun to be talking about the last leg.
However, it is hard to see anything challenging her in the second leg, the Gr 1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic over 1800m, and the talk from the pundits has revolved around her stamina capacity with the Oaks in mind.
Mauritzfontein Stud’s general manager Mike Sharkey was asked about his feelings on Gimme A Nother’s Triple Tiara chances and he replied, “I think she’s a brilliant filly, so we hope (she can do the Triple Tiara). She will do the Oaks trip. We’re looking forward to the next two legs.”
Some are even saying Gimme A Nother could be as good if not better than both her grandmother and mother, i.e the four times Gr 1 winner Mother Russia and the dual Gr 1 winner Nother Russia.
Mike Sharkey said, “She came from stone last on Saturday and coming around the bend everybody said, is she going to do it? And then she just easily went past them. And the next day she was as fresh as anything!”
Gimme A Nother has won five out of five and her formlines tells the story of how she is getting better and better with every run.
There is a lot of speed in Gimme A Nother’s female line, but Mother Russia did win the Gr 1 Paddock Stakes over 1800m, the Gr 2 Gold Bracelet over 2000m and she was twice runner up in the Met and also runner up in both the Summmer Cup and Woolavington 2000, which were all Gr 1s over 2000m.
Gimmethegreenlight was third in the Met as a three-year-old and he has produced some decent stayers and some top class versatile horses, including Got The Greenlight who as a three-year-old won the Gr 1 SA Classic and failed by just 0,70 lengths to win the Gr 1 SA Derby over 2450m before going on to win the Gr 1 Daily News 2000 and finish second in the Durban July over 2200m.
Gimme A Nother’s relaxed style of running followed by her devastating turn of foot should also help her get the Oaks trip.
A grey Danon Platina half-brother to Gimme A Nother was sold for R1 million at last year’s BSA National Yearling Sale and has not made an appearance yet.
Gimme A Nother also has a grey Danon Platina yearling half-sister who will race in the famous black colours with a scarlet cap of Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Stud.
Nother Russia went to Gimmethegreenlight last breeding season, but unfortunately did not get in foal.
She will return to Gimmethegreenlight next season and Mike said, “You’ve got to go back to the well where you got the good water from!”
The Mauritzfontein Stud-based Danon Platina, the only son of the legendary Japan-based Deep Impact to be standing in South Africa, has been immensely popular at the sales and has produced winners of big money sales races, inlcluding the Justin Snaith-trained Rapidash, who won the R7.5 million Gold Rush.
However, with his first crop now halfway through their three-year-old season he is yet to produce a black type winner, although their have been some close calls.
Mike was asked whether this lack of black type progeny was a concern and replied, “You do start thinking about these things, but it’s not that much of a problem. Both Justin Snaith and Nick Jonsson say Rapidash is a very good horse and he will go to KZN for the season. With Danon’s progeny it seems the longer the distance they go the better they are and although Danon was a champion two-year-old his progeny seem to be more miler to 2000m horses.”
He agreed the Danon Platina’s also appear to get better as they get older and said there were quite a few of his current racing progeny whom the farm hoped could gain black type.
Ideal World has produced 29 individual stakes winners and is Danon Platina’s only stallion colleague at Mauritzfontein, although stud partner, the family’s Western Cape-based Wilgerbosdrift Stud, stand all of Hawwaam, Fire Away, Buffalo Bill Cody, Soft Falling Rain and Flower Alley.
Ideal World has produced three Gr 1 winners including the celebrated Equus Horse Of The Year Rainbow Bridge.
However, he received only ten mares last season. Mike said it would be a lot more if he stood in the Western Cape as Kimberley is quite far to travel.
He pointed out that despite a cover fee of just R20,000, Lammerskraal, whose former owner Mike Rattray owned the Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein-bred Rainbow Bridge, sold two Ideal Worlds at the recent Cape Racing Sales Premier Yearling Sale for R700,000 and R350,000 respectively.