In a coup for breeding in KZN, five-time Gr1 winner Got The Greenlight has been purchased and will be standing at Brett Van Laun’s Camargue Stud in Caversham.
Brett Van Laun commented, “Got The Greenlight will change the KZN Breeders landscape. He is the real deal!”
The son of champion sire Gimmethegreenlight will be the first to retire to stud in South Africa, whilst Yulong Prince (Surcharge) takes up stud duties in Australia.
The outstanding colt with a Merit Rating of 126, achieved the rare feat of winning Equus Awards at ages two, three and four years old.
Winning over distances of 1200-2000 meters, Got The Greenlight defeated amongst others the likes of Gr1 winners Summer Pudding, Malmoos, Eden Roc, exported Marshall and Golden Ducat, Rainbow Bridge and Do It Again.
Amongst his Gr1 wins was the Gr1 Premiers Champions Stakes (1600m – age 2), Gr1 Horse Chestnut Stakes (1600m), Gr1 Champions Challenge (2000m), Gr1 SA Classic (1800m), Gr1 Daily News 2000 (2000m).
He placed second to Belgarion in the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, and third in the 2021 running of Africa’s greatest horse race behind Kommetdieding.
Trained by Joey Soma and sporting a kind temperament with an impeccable race record and earnings of R3,410,500 (eight wins and 10 places), Got The Greenlight is out of an imported mare Command Chi (AUS) by Commands, and carries a versatile pedigree that will be easy to pair with mares in South Africa going back to Danzig and Mr Prospector.
His dam Command Chi, a 2013 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale graduate who sold for AUS$100,000, won over 1600m at Kenilworth and only produced one foal at stud, being Got The Greenlight.
His broodmare sire Commands is by Danehill out of a Fusaichi Pegasus mare, and a full brother to a five-time Gr1 winner, Danewin. Commands retired from stallion duties in 2013 and was renowned for siring tough, durable stock.
He produced a 14-time Gr1 winner named Melody Belle and 13 individual Gr1 winners. He was Australia’s Leading Sire by Winners on three consecutive occasions.
Commands had four sons standing at stud including multiple G1 winner Epaulette and G1 Champagne Stakes winner Skilled, both of whom stood at Darley.
The third dam, Giovana (NZ), was crowned Champion Older Female Stayer in New Zealand with 8 wins – four of those Grade 1.
Sire Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) needs little introduction. A Gr1 winner in South Africa and Champion sire in 2020/2021, he has produced 41 Stakes Winners (www.arion.co.nz) including Yulong Prince, Cosmic Highway, Gunner, Barahin, She’s A Keeper, National Park, Ecstatic Green, Hack Green, Green Pepper and Gimme Dat amongst many.
One of the most exciting stallion prospects ever to retire to stud in KZN, a limited amount of shares remain available. Please contact Brett Van Laun on 083 659 5666 to book your share.