CTS three-year-olds shine at Greyville

CTS three-year-olds shine at Greyville

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GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT continues to produce the goods and his daughter, Gimme Six added to the sire’s tally when winning the Grade 3 Umzimkhulu Stakes at Greyville. 

Out of the Irish mare District Six, the Justin Snaith-trained filly was scoring her third victory from eight starts. Gimme Six had impressed with some powerful closing sectionals earlier in her career and, with maturity, is now able to mix it against strong opposition. At her previous start, she ran third to Just Sensual and Captain’s Flame in the Prix du Cap – a promising effort. 

The CPYS 2015 graduate built on that when taking on some of the best fillies around in the Umzimkhulu Stakes, and proved much the best. Despite being badly drawn, she worked out a great trip under Anthony Delpech before sweeping past Final Judgement and Sail in the straight to win the Grade 3 contest with aplomb. 

Gimme Six is owned in partnership by Hassen Adams, Ken and Jane Truter and was bred by Hemel N’Aarde in conjunction with Truter and Nadeson Park Stud. 

Cape Thoroughbred Sales graduates completed a notable trifecta in the Byerley Turk, a showdown for up and coming three year olds staged Sunday at Greyville.

Trifecta in the Gr3 Byerley Turk, a showdown for up and coming three year olds staged Sunday at Greyville. Sean Tarry’s Africa Rising (Visionaire ex Sucha Looka) made a smooth rails run to beat Copper Force (Royal Air Force ex Eastern Copper) with Buffalo Soldier (Warm White Night ex Only in Philly) securing third place.

Africa Rising was bred by Summerhill Stud and sold to Chris Van Niekerk at the 2015 CTS Jhb Ready To Run Sale. This consistent colt has competed all around the country and shapes a live contender for important features in KZN. 

Copper Force was well bought for just R70 000 at the Cape March Yearling Sale and has already raked in earnings of R1.5 million, with potentially more to follow when going a longer route. Earlier in the year he ran a tremendous second to high class, William Longsword in the CTS Mile at Kenilworth, a performance worthy of a triple digit merit rating. Credit is due Dr Ian Heyns for breeding such an exciting youngster.

Buffalo Soldier, who hails from Klawervlei Stud, was Lot 10 at CPYS in 2015, and currently sports a neat merit rating of 95. Whilst no match for the top two, he ran yet another game race and has only missed the frame once to date.

Photo: Gimme Six wins. (Gold Circle).