A CTS 1-2-3 in G3 Nursery

A CTS 1-2-3 in G3 Nursery

February 28, 2021 / 1 month ago

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Cosmic Highway (Wayne Marks).

It was a clean sweep for graduates of the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale in Saturday’s G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery, with Premier Sale buys Cosmic Highway, Ambiorix and Sheldon finishing 1-2-3 respectively.

Excitingly enough, the 2021 Cape Premier Yearling Sale will be offering siblings to all of Cosmic Highway, Ambiorix and Sheldon with Cosmic Highway having Querari half-brother (Lot 40) on offer, Ambiorix a Var half-sister (Lot 49), and Sheldon a Pomodoro half-brother (Lot 152) on offer at this year’s Premier Sale.

Trainer Dean Kannemeyer looks to have a very exciting two-year-old on his hands in the form of Cosmic Highway. The latter defied a tardy start when maintaining his unbeaten record and winning Saturday’s G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery (1200m) at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Impressive Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes winner Ambiorix was all the rage for the Cape Nursery with that Vercingetorix colt starting a warm favourite for the two-year-old sprint feature. Under Keagan De Melo, Cosmic Highway made a hash of the start, as Danilo Danilovitch led early, with favourite Ambiorix tucked in off the front runner.

While Ambiorix launched his challenge, De Melo had the Khaya Stables owned Cosmic Highway in full stride, and the latter powered away to score by a hugely impressive two and a half lengths. The favourite was not disgraced back in second, and finished three lengths clear of third place finisher Sheldon. Bred by Maine Chance Farms, Cosmic Highway made it two wins from as many starts by scoring in a time of 72.37 seconds.

The 31st stakes winner for  the More Than Ready horse Gimmethegreenlight, Cosmic Highway was knocked down to Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe for R400 000 at the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. The unbeaten rising star is out of the winning Silvano mare Cosmic Dream, who also ranks as the dam of G2 The Debutante winner Cosmic Light (by Querari).

Boom sire Gimmethegreenlight also supplied the winner of Saturday’s G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery when the unbeaten Gimme Dat, a R450 000 buy from the 2020 Premier Sale, came from last to first to win in scintillating style. Under Grant Van Niekerk, the Bjorn Nielsen owned two-year-old showed an impressive turn of foot to mow down her rivals and win the 2021 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery by two and three quarter lengths, with trainer Justin Snaith saddling the first, second (Winter Mosaic) and third (Super Siri) home in the Fillies Nursery.

Bred by the Lammerskraal Stud, Gimme Dat had been an impressive winner of her only start, when recording a one and a half length win over 1000m. Out of the dual winning Western Winter mare Mizzen Mist, Gimme Dat is a full-sister to 2020 Listed Drum Star Handicap winner Green Haze.

Gimmethegreenlight has a cracking, 13 strong draft on offer at this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, with his draft including a filly (Lot 56) from the family of Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev and Blame, a sister (Lot 71) to Horse Of The Year Simona, and a filly (Lot 95) out of dual G2 Camellia Stakes winner Joan Ranger.