The Varsfontein-based twice national champion sire, Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready).
Gimmethegreenlight proved in the season just past he is the best sire in the country.
He was a commanding winner of the National Sires Championship, his progeny earning R23,030,650 compared to second placed What A Winter’s 17,331,563 and third-placed Vercingetorix’s 16,536,725.
He was the leader in stakes race success too, with 14 individual stakes winner of 21 races.
His stakes winners to runners percentage was 6.2% compared to his chief Sales rival Vercingetorix’s 5.5%.
Only the legendary pair Trippi and the late Dynsaty. as well as Dynasty’s son Futura, were ahead of him in that statistic.
Trippi’s stakes winners to runner percentage (9 individual stakes winners of 18 races from just 69 runners) was 13% and Dynasty’s (13 individual stakes winners of 15 races from just 71 runners) was a phenomenal 18.3%.
Dynasty’s son Futura (6 individual stakes winners of 8 races from 87 runners) had a 6.8 percentage.
Gimmethegreenlight was high up in the average earnings per runner statistic on R101,906 compared to Vercingetorix’s R91,363 and What A Winter’s R84,544.
Trippi had an average earnings per runner of R208,619, while Dynasty was on R147,342 and another prominent sire who was higher than Gimmethegreenlight in this statistic was Flower Alley with R105,072.
Ab interesting sire who was high in this statistic, although he did admittedly only have 15 runners was the late Eightfold Path, whose average earnings per runner was R132,478.
If that amount of runners does qualify, then Eightfold Path had the highest percentage of winners to runners on 66.7%.
Gimmethegreenlight had a winners to runners percentage of 48.2%, while What A Winter was on 49.8% and Vercingetorix on 48.1%.
Dynasty and Trippi were on 56.3% and 43.5% respectively.
Three high scorers in this statistic were Wylie Hall, who had 45 runners and a winners to runners percentage of 55.6%, Capetown Noir who had 43 runners and 51.2%, The United States and Canford Cliffs both had figures of 49.4% from 81 runners and 39 runners respectively, and Admiral Kitten had 50% from 30 runners.
Gimmethegreenlight is outpointing Vercingetorix in all of the statistics, but the latter is still the most popular sales sire. At BSA Nationals Vercingetorix’s progeny fetched an aggregate of R29,9 million and an average of R854,286, while Gimmethegreenlight’s lots aggregated R20,91 million with an average of R746,786.
Vercingetorix’s famous father, the six-time national champion sire Silvano, took a while to reach the top. Good results bring increasing support, so Vercingetorix will likely kick into topgear in the next couple of seasons.
He has the most exciting young filly in the land, Mrs Geriatrix.
However, Gimmethegreenlight has the two most exciting young colts in the land, Sandringham Summit and Lucky Lad.
On World Pool Gold Cup day Gimmethegreenlight’s progeny won a Gr 1 and two G2s courtesy of Sandringham Summit, Bless My Stars and Cala Muretta.
Gimmethegreenlight was the leading sire of two-year-olds.
He had 21 individual winners of 31 races and had four stakes winners of seven races.
The leading freshman sire was the late Lancaster Bomber with a fine 19 individual winners of 23 races, with Danon Platina having 17 individual winners of 21 races. The title is decided on stakes and Lancaster Bomber was the winner thanks to having two individual stakes winners (of two races).
Freshman sire Fire Alley also had two individual stakes winners (of four races).
Vercingetorix had 16 individual two-year-old winners of 23 races, but his only stakes winner was Mrs Geriatrix, with four stakes victories.
Gimmethegreenlight was the leading sire of three-year-olds too, with 50 winners of 75 races and a winners to runners percentage of 62.55.
He had five individual three-year-old stakes winners of 6 races.
His figures in the two-year-old and three-year-old categories point to him having another fine season this term.
It is little wonder the Varsfontein-based son of More Than Ready commands the highest stud fee in the land of R250,000 (R50 000 + VAT nom and R200 000 + VAT live foal fee).