More Than Ready’s growing stature as a sire of sires went to another level when his son Gimmethegreenlight grabbed a Group 1 – Group 2 double at Greyville on Sunday.
Gimmethegreenlight (Aus) was already home and hosed for South Africa’s first-season title before Hack Green scored a dazzling win for trainer Dennis Drier in the G2 Umkhomazi Stakes (1200m).
An hour later, the Paul Gadsby prepared Gunner completed a memorable day for his sire to land a last-to-first victory in the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes (1600m).
They propelled Gimmethegreenlight’s first-season stats to 14 individual winners of R1.78 million. Daylight was second followed by Philanthropist (USA) with 6 winners of R664,575.
The unprecedented double was also a triumph for Hassen Adams who part-owns both stakes winners. He bought Gimmethegreenlight for $155,000 out of the Vinery draft at the 2009 Magic Millions National Sale and raced him to a Group 1 victory in the Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth.
“It’s been a great day,” Adams said. “Hack Green is the spitting image of his Dad and Dennis told us he would deliver today.”
Hack Green’s dam Secret Mission (Fort Wood) is a sister to the dam of More Than Ready’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Pluck who stands alongside his sire at Vinery.
Gunner became the third grandson of More Than Ready to win a Group 1 following Sebring colts Criterion and Dissident. Adams bred him from Play Nice (Captain Al) and kept a share after he changed hands for R200,000 at the 2015 Cape Premier yearling sale.
Gimmethegreenlight is a half-brother to G1 Coolmore Classic winner Ofcourseican (Mossman) and he stands at Varsfontein Stud near Cape Town. “What a day – congratulations to all the connections,” farm manager Carl de Vos said. “We’re proud to stand such a sensational stallion!”