Smart Debut Win For Clifton Colt


Laguna Verde in the sales ring where he sold for R600 000. Image: Candiese Lenferna

A Gimmethegreenlight colt shed his Maiden Juvenile tag on race debut for Clifton Stud, owner Mr D Shawe and trainer Lucky Houdalakis, winning over 1200m easily by over three lengths at the Vaal.

The handsome and well bred individual out of Copiapo (Captain Al) sold for R600 000 at the 2022 Nationals and also took home the Bloodstock South Africa bonus of R60 000.

The colt is a half-brother to the above average 3-time winner Shield Of Roses (Act Of War) and Peter Blyth reports that he has kept a yearling half-sister for himself by Mambo In Seattle – who nicks to incredible success with Captain Al / Al Mufti mares.

Laguna Verde. Image: JC Photos

Laguna Verde is going to be a name to remember, and his second dam is none other than Gr1 SA Fillies Classic winner, Urubamba (Fort Wood).

Fort Wood also syncs extremely well with Gimmethegreenlight, with successes of the cross including Hack Green and Green Pepper, Barahin, Negroamaro and She’s A Keeper.

Clifton Stud have eight yearlings on offer at the National Yearling Sale in April, by What A Winter, Pomodoro, Vercingetorix, Danon Platina, Canford Cliffs and Rafeef. They also include the first foal of multiple Stakes Winning daughter of Crusade – Covered In Snow, a half-brother to Gr2 winner Montreal Mist, a half to multiple winner Royal Wulff and a yearling from Clifton’s famous family of Fort Vogue, Whatalady and Prince Of Kahal.

Well done to all concerned.