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Gimmethegreenlight’s Gr1 Trifecta

Joey Soma's red-letter day

Varsfontein stallion Gimmethegreenlight capped a glorious Classic Day feature treble when he sired the first three home in the R1,5 million Gr1 SA Classic at Turffontein on Saturday.

The second leg of the SA Triple Crown, the Classic had an open look to it and the result delivered accordingly, with veteran Joey Soma making a welcome return to the Gr1 winner’s enclosure, courtesy of his 2yo Gr1 winner Got The Greenlight finding his best form under Bernard Fayd’herbe.

Bernard Fayd’herbe gets down low on Got The Greenlight (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

After the emotion and excitement of Summer Pudding’s thrilling success earlier in the SA Fillies Classic, it was hard to imagine matching that joy.

But for Joey and co-owner Dayalan Chinsammy, it was a deserved opportunity to let go of some pent up emotion and frustration. And when you own and train a good horse, people tend to listen.

It seems like the connections couldn’t get to grips that as the only Gr1 winner in the line-up, their horse was mostly ‘ignored by the media’.

They obviously don’t read South Africa’s leading racing publication.

Our feature preview carried Got The Greenlight’s pic featured on page 3, he was suggested as an inclusion in our preview editorial and was tipped by our analyst, Mark McGillewie to win.

But that’s all sideshow stuff now as the 2019/20 classic generation threw another curved ball into the mix of a fascinating season.

With only two ordinary races under the belt as a 3yo, which included a seemingly ill-considered trip to Cape Town in pursuit of the CTS riches, Got The Greenlight came off an unorthodox prep but the long-striding colt seemed to appreciate the strong handling of Bernard Fayd’herbe and the extra ground for the first time.

His three major opponents also had questions marks against their names: Shango was withdrawn from the Guineas on veterinary grounds; Ikigai had stamina doubts; Frosted Gold tends to lack a killer punch.

And the stable hasn’t exactly been in form – this was only their third winner of the term, the previous a workrider’s race two weeks ago.

So hindsight being an exact science and picking apart the puzzle, Got The Greenlight was probably some genuine value at his price.

Moving up gradually down the inside rail from midfield and under a determined typically vigorous Bernard Fayd’herbe ride, Got The Greenlight (14-1) kept on determinedly to beat Green Laser (14-1) by 0,75 lengths in a time of 110,93 secs.

Youncanthurrylove (9-1) ran a neck back in third to round off a Gimmethegreenlight Gr1 trifecta. The second and third horses were bred by Varsfontein Stud.

Joey Soma – happy day

The Gauteng Guineas winner Ikigai (13-10) made a late appearance in the parade and had little to come late – running fifth and 2,85 lengths off the winner.

His stablemate Shango finished 3,85 lengths back.

The winner was purchased by the astute veteran Joey Soma for R110 000 off the 2018 CTS April Yearling Sale.

He took his earnings to R1 683 000 with his fifth win with four places from ten starts.

Got The Greenlight races in a partnership of Dayalan Chinsammy, Hassen Adams and Joey Soma.

Bred by Nadeson Park Stud, he was one of three graded stakes winners on the day for Varsfontein sire Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready) and is out of the one-time winner Command Chi (Commands).


Gr1 SA Classic (SAf-Gr1)

Turffontein, South Africa, March 7, R1.5 million, 1800m, turf, good, 1.50.93

1 – GOT THE GREENLIGHT (SAF), 60.0, b c 3, Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) – Command Chi (AUS) by Commands (AUS). Owner Messrs D Chinsammy, H Adams & J A Soma; Breeder Nadeson Park Stud; trainer JA Soma; jockey B Fayd’herbe
2 – Green Laser (SAF), 60.0, b c 3, Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) – Dance Domain (SAF) by Parade Leader (USA)
3 – Youcanthurrylove (SAF), 60.0, b c 3, Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) – Moneycantbuymelove (SAF) by Jallad (USA)
Margins: 0.75, 0.10, 1.50

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12 comments on “Gimmethegreenlight’s Gr1 Trifecta

  1. Gman says:

    4 those who heard the post match from Mr Soma.Certain horses are being hyped up by the media and so called tipsters, rather study and work out what you like and block out the noise around you.Just remember who the guys from tellytrack works for.P6 didnt pay much but any payout is a good payout.

  2. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Joe Soma you little biscuit champion stuff with your Pocket Rocket Got The Greenlight,,It’s impossible to keep a good man down well done to you my Brother ,,just another lovely Group 1 trophy for your cabinet…Shot Boy


    Belgian stallion William Milkovitch capped a glorious Classic Day quartet win by purchasing a 100 % share in a bottle of Jamieson whiskey and a tub of ice cream.

    He hopes to produce 16 Dom Pedro’s before nominations close.

  4. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Very Happy for Joey Soma, he is a cool guy.I agree with the comment in the article, overlooked this horse cause of this build up. So we learn, but the 3yr olds this season, eish, not easy to work out. Many different winners.

    Well done to SP ( Mark ) tipping him.

  5. Nico says:

    Lets be fair and honest, Joey knows how to win grade 1s with the small string that he has. Fiar play and congrats.

  6. Ramesh says:

    Regarding Mr Soma, big win I like to take this opportunity to congratulate him in his success. I did have the pleasure to speak to him many years back when he had a July runner, standing around people and being humble, hats off to you. May you continue to succeed.

  7. david mollett says:

    Hassen Adams had a day to remember on Saturday. He owns a share in SA Classic winner Got The Greenlight, won Turffontein’s first race with my Business Day selection Roman Royalty and won the fifth race at Durbanville with Freedom Seeker. Imagine what the treble worked out to! Well done, Hassen.


    Hell, I hope Mr Adams, Mr Soma and Mr Dayalan Chinsammy won’t be tempted by going for the 3rd leg.

    Visually, it appears that Got the Greenlight’s excellent turn of foot will be a massive plus if they decide to ‘muck around’ with the pace in the big Durban races.

    In addition, the easier Greyville 2000 and 2200m should, should help him get the distance.

    But I’m just a virtual trainer, damn it !

  9. Cameron James says:

    The Derby is there for the taking for Youcanthurrylove. He’s going to relish the distance.


    Sorry Got The Greenlight for taking up your space here but is one of your possible opponents, Kilindini still around ?

    1. Editor says:

      Hong Kong bound


    Thanks Mr Ed

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