WHEN Justin Vermaak saw a gap in the market late in 2014 he established Green Street Bloodstock, whose first winner came in February 2015 – the first-timer Miss Nightingale, trained by Gavin van Zyl.
Miss Nightingale was a R50,000 cheapie by Warm White Night and Justin said at time: “I’ve seen here and on my travels that there are young people who want to get involved in racing but they don’t know how.
“I’ve launched Green Street Bloodstock for the guys to have some fun, I had to scramble to get this partnership together but she’s won first time out and we are delighted.”
Just over three years later Green Street has grown to an industry leader with no more scrambling to get owners involved – quite aptly a colt named Mr Green Street provided Justin’s brainchild with its 50th winner at Kenilworth on Saturday, reflecting a remarkable average of over 16 winners per year, starting from nothing and progressively able to buy better horses to compete more often, and at higher levels.
Justin has stayed with his original idea to buy the best value so that small owners can get involved with customised share packages, and has recently also partnered in buys with some of the country’s leading owners to give GSB’s owners access to a wider range of more expensive runners. It requires hard work at most of the thoroughbred auctions, but it has paid off handsomely.
Mr Green Street (Craig Zackey) won impressively at his third attempt – leading almost from start to finish and extending well when challenged.
Justin commented: “50 up and not out! An impressive win for this very late foal who has a lot to come!”
Justin Snaith, who trains the winner, said: “Couldn’t be happier to be the trainer to achieve this for an awesome organisation. Well done Greenstreet!”
Mr Green Street, a R100,000 purchase from the CTS Select Sale in 2017, is a Nadeson Park-bred by Gimmethegreenlight from the family of Young Rake, Along Came Polly, Master Plan and other stakes performers.
He races for a GSB Syndicate comprising Neren Singh, Vishnu Colan, David Musikanth, Fabian Oostendorp and Desmond Chinnadu, who sadly passed away just a few months ago.
“This win is dedicated to Desmond,” Justin said.