Gimmethegreenlight Colt Tops National 2YO Sale

Progeny of the Varsfontein Stud based More Than Ready horse Gimmethegreenlight proved the star attractions on the second and final day of the Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale on Friday.

Gimmethegreenlight’s Danika Stud consigned son Lamborghreeni (offered for sale on behalf of the Missing U Syndicate) was knocked down to Team G Racing for R1 200 000 -making him the top lot sold at this year’s National 2YO Sale.

Cataloged as Lot 285, Lamborghreeni is out of the stakes placed, four time winning Trippi mare San Trip, herself a daughter of G2 Gold Circle Oaks third place-getter Santiago.

The well related San Trip had previously made headlines in the sales ring when her Silvano colt Assured made R650 000 to top last year’s KZN Yearling Sale.

Gimmethegreenlight supplied a second million rand two-year-old (there were three in total at the National 2YO Sale this year) when his Varsfontein Stud consigned son East Of The Sun (Lot 221) was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R1 000 000.

A half-brother to 4 winners notably G3 Flamboyant Stakes winner Hashtagyolo, East Of The Sun’s dam My Guiding Star is a winning half-sister to dual G2 winner, and successful sire, Master Of My Fate, as well as to the dams of recent graded stakes winning 3yos Due Diligence and the unbeaten Malmoos.

Despite the sale taking place in a tough economic climate, sales figures for the 2020 National 2YO Sale stood up remarkably well, with both the aggregate and average rising noticeably from last year.

The 323 horses to sell this year grossed R39 715 000 -more than 20% up from last year’s figure of R32 660 000, while the average price increased from R103 028 in 2019 to R122 957 in 2020.

Last year’s sales topper fetched R800 000, while this year’s sales topping Gimmethegreenlight colt made R1 200 000.

Yulong Prince’s sire Gimmethegreenlight had 13 of his 14 lots gross R4 745 000, making him the sales’ leading sire by aggregate, while Ridgemont Highlands led the vendors list -selling 11 of 15 two-year-olds for a total of R2 880 000.

Form Bloodstock, who bought the second and third top lots at this year’s sale, were the leading buyers, with Jehan Malherbe purchasing 12 two-year-olds for a gross total of R5 160 000.
The COVID pandemic related lockdown had resulted in this year’s National 2YO Sale (usually held in September) knocked back to November, with this year’s sale combining entrants for the cancelled KZN Yearling Sale as well as the 2YO Sale itself.

A full list of prices and statistics for the two day sale can be viewed online at