Soma and partners cash in with Got The Greenlight

Soma and partners cash in with Got The Greenlight

July 29, 2019 / 20 days ago

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Got The Greenlight (Anton Marcus) wins the Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes

Trainer Joe Soma bought Got The Greenlight for a paltry R110,000 at the 2018 CTS April Sale, and the colt’s breeder Hassen Adams of Nadeson Park kept a share along with Soma’s patron Dayalan Chinsammy. 

After his superb win in Saturday’S Gr1 Champion Stakes at Greyville, the partnership has seen a return of R772,000, and the sky’s the limit with this one! 

From a 16 draw, Anton Marcus had no option but to wait near the back of the field. Got The Greenlight was third-last approaching the 1000m-mark: “I had no plan, just had to jump and wing it” said Marcus. 

Fool’s Gold made the pace ahead of Eden Roc, and Got The Greenlight improved steadily approaching the home turn. He was still seven lengths off as they swung for home but, as good horses do, he was very soon within striking range. Marcus had the colt on a tight rein with 350m to run and when he said ‘go’ it was all over as a contest. 

Got The Greenlight won going away, had three lengths to spare over Liberty Dancer and Rock The Globe and clocked 97,96s. Eden Roc was below best, finishing six lengths off the winner. 

Soma, who has 36 horses stabled at Turffontein and has had to endure a slow patch since the departure of his patron Markus Jooste, quoted Paul Lafferty as saying: “We go to the sales with a bush racing budget, but here we are standing in the Group 1 box!” 

He added: “Got The Greenlight’s work has been exceptional and I told my partners earlier this week he’d be hard to beat. Before the race I stopped and looked whether Got The Greenlight perhaps had his back legs tied and as a result would not be able to win. None of the scribes gave him a winning chance!” 

Got The Greenlight is by Varsfontein’s sire Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready) out of the one-time winner Command Chi (Commands).