Kenilworth, Turf, 1600m
7 January 2012

The Breeders’ Cup beckons for Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA) - Yes She Can Cancan (AUS)) who got up in the last 20 meters to beat home 5-2 favourite Variety Club (SAF) (Var (USA) - La Massine (SAF)) and a charging Tales Of Bravery (SAF) (Kahal (GB) - Emperor’s Warning (SAF)) giving trainer Justin Snaith his first L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate win.

This year’s Queen’s Plate carries an automatic free Breeders’ Cup entry for the winner and, although there is a current ban on South African horse exports - due to a percieved African Horse Sickness threat - this comes to an end on 3 May 2012. Opposition from other countries is expected, but owner Hassan Adams has received assurances from the South African government that it will push hard to open the markets.

Snaith said: “Our priority is now to be able to accept that Breeders’ Cup invitation. It’s fantastic to think that the Americans want to see our horses race over there. Gimmethegreenlight has always had the class to win a Grade 1 but he was repeatedly slow out of the gates. That normally means a back problem so we worked on it and that made the difference.”

Jockey Piere Strydom, who returned from a broken jaw two weeks early to take the ride on the 13-1 chance, said: “There was a mad scramble for position early and I got squeezed out. But just under two furlongs out they were coming back to me and I thought I would get close. My worry was that I would get to Variety Club but not pass him but close to home he had no more.”

Extract from Racing Post


# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (AUS) 55.0 108 6 P Strydom Justin Snaith
2 0.40 VARIETY CLUB 55.0 118 10 A Marcus Joey Ramsden
3 1.40 TALES OF BRAVERY 60.0 112 7 M Byleveld Vaughan Marshall
4 1.80 BRAVURA 60.0 113 11 G Hatt Joey Ramsden
5 5.80 CHESALON 60.0 110 1 K Neisius Mike Bass
6 5.90 EBONY FLYER 57.5 107 9 F Coetzee Justin Snaith
7 6.20 KISS AGAIN 60.0 108 5 A Domeyer Mike Bass
8 8.45 GIBRALTAR BLUE (IRE) 57.5 109 3 A Delpech Mike de Kock
9 10.45 LION IN WINTER 60.0 110 4 B Fayd'Herbe Joey Ramsden
10 12.95 FABIANI 60.0 107 8 S Cormack Glen Kotzen
11 16.45 LINK MAN 60.0 111 2 W Marwing Mike de Kock