We witnessed superb performances from Backworth-breds in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape this past week for trainers Michael Miller, Dorrie Sham and Tony Rivalland.
Backworth-bred Humidor made it 4 wins from just 6 starts when powering home in the Middle Stakes over 1200m at Scottsville Wednesday for trainer Tony Rivalland with maestro Anton Marcus up.
Gr1 Allan Robertson winner Chocolicious, a Backworth Stud-bred daughter of Kahal has seen her first yearling by Frankel sold to Shadwell Stud for $610 000, off the Inglis Australia Easter Yearling Sale. She is the first yearling by Frankel to be sold in the Southern Hemisphere.
Backworth-bred Black Agate relished the Greyville Polytrack Sunday scoring a dramatic dead heat with Delirious Nomad under jockey Anthony Delpech for trainer Dean Kannemeyer and owners Kannemeyer and Irene Rudden.
The contribution made to Cape racing and breeding by owner/breeder Peter De Beyer, can be described in many ways, not least... 'Fabulous'.
We've had a fantastic run for Backworth-breds since end September; from 19 runs we've achieved 6 wins, 1 second, 2 thirds, 1 fourth and 1 fifth!
Spring has embraced KwaZulu-Natal with hints of the Summer heat to come. Whilst early days yet, Friday's temperatures were flamin'... off the racecourse... and on!
Although not consignors on the CTS Joburg Ready To Run Sale, we were very impressed with the three Backworth-bred lots presented by Balmoral Stud at the Summerhill gallops.
Be Fabulous is by the ill-fated South African Top Five Sire, Kahal, out of the Rakeen mare, Ramp Model. She’s from the family of dual KwaZulu-Natal Stakes and dual George Azzie Memorial winner, Studio Star, and counts in her family the names of Classique Story, Signor Amigo and Hammer Belle.
“We have been ‘Truly Blessed’ with our foals this season.”
We travelled down to the Cape last week to visit a few of our mares boarding at Winterbach Stud… as well as to see four new foals!
The mares and foals are looking fantastic and we are so appreciative to Hendrik Winterbach Snr & Jnr for the professional care and interest both have for our visiting contingent. It is a risky business travelling one’s mares away for the season, and the Winterbachs continue to do an excellent job for us!
Of the 16 mares sent to Winterbach, we have already had quite a few tested in foal and are awaiting results on a few others that have been covered.
As Hendrik Snr said, “We have been ‘Truly Blessed’ with our foals this season”, and our feeling is that this is the best crop Backworth has ever had, both physically and speciman-wise… and we are extremeley excited!
Here are four new arrivals; a strapping Byword colt out of Dancing Royale, a handsome Byword colt out of Cupid’s Daughter, a leggy Kahal colt out of Gilt Edge and an elegant Crusade filly out of Forbidden Woods.
Kahal (GB) - Ramp Model (SAF) by Rakeen (USA)
Be Fabulous ramped up her race record Saturday over 2000m at Durbanville when claiming a model win for trainer Glen Kotzen with jockey Greig Cheyne up.
This ultra consistant filly from the family of dual KwaZulu-Natal Stakes (Listed) and dual George Azzie Memorial (Listed) winner, Studio Star, takes her career tally to 2 wins, 1 second, 3 thirds and a fourth from just 12 starts. Congratualtions to the Glen Kotzen stable and to owner Peter De Beyer.
KUDA PERSONAL & COMMERCIAL FM 74 HANDICAP
|1||0.0||BE FABULOUS||53||8||G Cheyne||Glen Kotzen|
|2||0.5||ZAKUSKA||52||3||*G Goormany -2.5kg||Greg Ennion|
|3||1.5||THE QUEEN VIC||54||9||*X Carstens -2.5kg||Paul Reeves|
|4||1.9||LIFT OFF||60||5||B Fayd’Herbe||Justin Snaith|
|5||3.9||PISTACCHIO||52||1||G Schlechter||Vaughan Marshall|
|6||5.15||FIRTS OF MAY||53.5||2||G van Niekerk||Mike Bass|
|7||7.4||LILY LAFITTE||52||6||O Noach||Glen Kotzen|
|8||7.6||LONDON THEATRE||58||4||F Anthony||Piet Steyn|
|9||9.35||JET TURBINE||57||7||A Domeyer||Yogas Govender|
Kahal (GB) - Linda Grandeza (AUS) by Grand Lodge (USA)
Backworth-bred Kadeze broke her maiden Sunday over the speedy Scottsville 1000m in a time of 58.6 for trainer Tony Rivalland with jockey Brandon Lerena up.
Kadeze is from the family of Well Decorated (USA) who recorded 6 wins including the Arlington-Washington Futurity Gr.1, Saratoga Special Stakes Gr.2, Bahamas Handicap Gr.3 and Sport Page Handicap (L) and Victorious (USA) who recorded 3 wins including Saratoga Special Stakes Gr.2, Juvenille Stakes Gr.3 and Flash Stakes (L).
Congratulations to owner, friend and stallwart Backworth supporter Mary Liley.
Kadeze is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
PIETERMARITZBURG ASSOCIATION FOR THE AGED MAIDEN PLATE
|1||0.0||KADEZE||58.0||10||B Lerena||Tony Rivalland|
|2||0.8||MINNIE THE MINX||60.0||2||B Jacobson||Wendy Whitehead|
|3||0.9||IN SIXTY SECONDS||58.0||5||I Sturgeon||Doug Campbell|
|4||1.6||SORBONNE||60.0||8||A Forbes||Chris Erasmus|
|5||1.8||PRINCESS ARIEL||60.0||6||S Randolph||Corinne Bestel|
|6||3.2||HURRICANE NELL||58.0||3||* D Dillon||Doug Campbell|
|7||4.2||ENCHANTED BAY||58.0||7||A Mgudlwa||Garth Puller|
|8||6.5||CATCHING ZEDS||60.0||4||*C Murray (4.0kg)||Mike Pappas|
|9||7.8||CARTOUCHE||58.0||12||M Yeni||Mark Dixon|
|10||9.8||APOSTLE ADVANCING||58.0||11||K de Melo||Gavin van Zyl|
|11||9.8||LUNJIWE||58.0||13||* L Mohapi (2.5)||Charles Laird|
|12||12.6||QUEENMEAD||58.0||1||D Daniels||Miss BL Impey|
|13||13.3||ROY’S DOCTOR||60.0||14||W Kennedy||Kumaran Naidoo|
|14||19.0||RHUMBA||58.0||9||* B Claasen||Doug Campbell|
FRANKEL (GB) - CHOCOLICIOUS (SAF)
Backworth-bred daughter of Kahal, Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship victress Chocolicious, has foaled a good leggy chestnut filly by Frankel in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.
A mare who attracted plenty of attention at the Goff’s November Sale due to her Southern Hemisphere covering date by Frankel, the 14-time winner who retired to stud with the highest Timeform Rating in history of 147.
The then six-year-old mare was purchased by Oliver St Lawrence in foal to champion Frankel at the Goff’s breeding stock sale in Ireland for €400,000. Chocolicious was one of three offered at the sale in foal to Frankel, bred to Southern Hemisphere time, consigned for Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock by Ballyhane Stud.
Unbeaten superstar Frankel, widely regarded as one of the greatest racehorses in history, currently stands at Banstead Manor in Newmarket, and has a stud fee of GBP 125,000 - or over R2.2 million.
Chocolicious (rated MR 105) won six races from 1000m to 1200m in South Africa, and placed in the UAE 1000 Guineas behind Mahbooba.
Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, she is out of Grade 3 winning daughter of Exclusive Patriot named Candy Box - herself out of an Our Casey’s Boy/Brer Rabbit/Tom Rolfe mare. Candy Box bred three winners from four runners, and descends from the family of Hot Cross Bun and Royal Wish.
We have been advised that 25% of Frankel’s first Northern Hemisphere crop of foals are chestnut and that his Sire Galileo has left plenty of good chestnuts, including dual Derby, and this week’s Juddmonte International winner, Australia.
Top Of The Chocs, a half-brother to Chocolicious by Miesque’s Approval, turned on the speed just over a week ago, over 1000m at Champ de Mars to cement a confident third in the Supertote Trophy for trainer Hughes Maigrot with jockey Gerald Avranche up.
Kahal (GB) - Ramp Model by Rakeen (USA)
Backworth-bred 4-year-old bay filly, Be Fabulous, ran to her name Sunday at Kenilworth when winning in fabulous fashion over 1600m for trainer Glen Kotzen with Jason Smitsdorff up.
Be Fabulous is a graduate of the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearing Sale and is from the family of Studio Star (6 wins including a double in the Listed KwaZulu-Natal Stakes and the Listed George Azzie Memorial Handicap), Classique Story (4 wins, a 2nd in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Guineas and a 4th in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic), Signor Amigo (10 wins including a double in the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship, a double in the Grade 1 Natal Flying Championship, the Grade 1 Golden Spur Gilbeys and the Grade 3 Byerly Turk Plate) and Hammer Belle (ARCSA Champion 2-year-old Filly - 2 wins including the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship and the Listed Spring Fillies Stakes, a 3rd in the Grade 1 Mike’s Kitchen Fillies Guineas and a 4th in the Listed Flamboyant Stakes.)
Congratulations to owner Peter De Beyer and to trainer Glen Gotzen and his team!
SOCCER 13 MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
|1||0.0||BE FABULOUS||60.0||10||J Smitsdorff||Glen Kotzen|
|2||1.0||BANDANA GIRL||60.0||7||B Fayd’Herbe||Neil Bruss|
|3||1.3||CRYSTAL CAVERN||57.0||6||S Cormack||Adam Marcus|
|4||3.0||STYLED TO ROCK||57.0||4||G van Niekerk||Joey Ramsden|
|5||3.5||HI LANA||60.0||5||C Orffer||Brett Crawford|
|6||4.2||LEBOMBO BREEZE||60.0||1||* X Carstens (2.5)||Joey Ramsden|
|7||4.4||CASEY’S RAINE||60.0||2||K Neisius||Glen Puller|
|8||4.9||PHILOSOPHY||60.0||9||A Domeyer||Patrick Kruyer|
|9||7.4||DUFTITE GREEN||60.0||8||C Puller||Glen Puller|
|10||14.6||THE WHITE APPROACH||60.0||11||R Khathi||Andries Steyn|
|11||25.9||LOVE TO TANGO||60.0||3||B Morgenrood||Carl J Burger|
Kahal (GB) - Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot (USA)
To hear the words Backworth Stud, Kahal, Chocolicious and Frankel in one sentence should be enough to get anyone to sitting up and taking notice. Keith Russon and Ian Todd’s Backworth-bred Chocolicious, a Grade 1 Allan Robertson winner and a daughter of Kahal, sold for €400,000 at the Goff’s breeding stock sale in Ireland in foal to Frankel.
The mare was one of three at the sale in foal to Frankel, and was bred to Southern Hemisphere time, consigned for Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock by Ballyhane Stud.
KZN-bred Chocolicious (rated MR 105) won six races from 1000 to 1200m in South Africa, and placed in the UAE 1000 Guineas. Chocolicious is out of Grade 3 winning daughter of Exclusive Patriot, Candy Box - herself out of a Our Casey’s Boy/Brer Rabbit/Tom Rolfe mare. Candy Box bred three winners from four runners, and descends from the family of Hot Cross Bun and Royal Wish.
The 6-year-old mare was bought by agent Oliver St Lawrence.
Backworth Stud recently won the KZN Breeders Award for Champion Two-Year-Old colt, the Grade 2 winning son of Judpot - Colour Of Courage. Kahal was fittingly awarded KZN Breeders Stallion Of Year yet again, and also had the added accolade of being the sire of the Horse Of The Year, filly Festival Of Fire.
Extract from KZN Breeders
Kahal (GB) - Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot (USA)
Goffs announced this week the addition of another top class mare in foal to Frankel to the forthcoming Goffs November Sale. The mare in question is the Backworth Stud-bred Chocolicious. This is her first foal in what is also the first covering season for the world’s racing sensation, Frankel.
The South African and KwaZulu-Natal-bred Group 1 winner, Chocolicious, will be offered on Day 1 of the Breeding Stock Sale, Friday 22 November, the same day as the much anticipated Paulyn Dispersal.
The six-year-old Chocolicious, by top South African sire Kahal, was a Group 1 winner in South Africa at three and is out of the Group 3 winning and Group 1 placed South African mare, Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot.
A boutique stud farm with an exclusive band of well-bred broodmares, Backworth Stud took home the 2012 KZN Breeders Award for Outstanding Breeding Achievement, having bred an impressive 53% runners to winners ratio over the 2011/2012 racing season.
Chocolicious joins Group winner Hazel Lavery and Song, the own sister to Classic winner Yesterday, in an elite group of mares in foal to the great Frankel at Goffs this November.
A six-time winner including the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship, Chocolicious also placed a very close second in the Grade 3 Magnolia Handicap behind Jackadore and fourth behind Ebony Flyer in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint, just two and half lengths off.
Chocolicious will be consigned by Ballyhane on behalf of Australian Thoroughbred Racing.
Extracts from Goffs and KZN Breeders
Kahal (GB) - War Echo (SAF)
“Cetshwayo led a powerful army of young Zulu fighters called “uSuthu” named for their bloodcurdling war cry, “uSuthu” which, when incited during battle, implored the ancestors to beseach upon them the strength and bravery of fallen Zulu warriors.”
…and as the winter chill wanes and the new spring dawns we gaze through the morning mist upon the Zulu hinterland below; from the Indian Ocean in the East to the uKhahlamba Mountains in the North West. And if we’re very still, from the depths of the sacred Umkomaas Valley over the hills to the West, we hear the ghostly war echos of Cetshwayo and his Usuthu… “Usuthu… Usuthu”… as if foreboding the coming of a new Zulu king.
Here is one of our recent arrivals to Backworth, a strong Kahal colt foal out of our mare War Echo, a half sister to Stormsvlei - dam of Pocket Power and River Jetez.
“We’ve been looking for a sprinter to take to Royal Ascot
for the last couple of years”
Marco Botti’s cosmopolitan Newmarket yard is about to add a fresh dimension, with the springtime arrival of South African sprinting mare Chocolicious, who has been bought by the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock syndicate with visits to Royal Ascot and Frankel on her agenda.
The trainer’s wife Lucie Botti confirmed: “We’re expecting Chocolicious to arrive in the spring, with a view to being prepared for Royal Ascot.”
The daughter of Kahal out of an Exclusive Patriot mare, Candy Box, was bred by Backworth Stud in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Chocolicious has won five of her 16 starts, including the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship over 6f as a three-year-old.
She ran three times at last year’s Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan. Piloted by Ryan Moore, Chocolicious finished third in the UAE 1,000 Guineas and was a narrow second to Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Crying Lightening in a 7f conditions event, but has been lightly raced on her return to South Africa.
ATB member Darren Dance told Australian media: “We’ve been looking for a sprinter to take to Royal Ascot for the last couple of years, and Chocolicious provides the perfect opportunity. We’d like to send her to Frankel at the end of her racing career.”
Extract from Racing Post
Kahal (GB) - Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot (USA)
In one last hurrah before embarking on a new racing career in the UK and Australia, the Backworth-bred 5-year-old mare, Chocolicious, blasted to a 3.25m length Boxing Day win under jockey Keagan de Melo for trainers Herman Brown and Frank Robinson.
The daughter of Kahal proved far too quick for a high-class field of fillies and mares, leaving speedsters She’s A Stunner (Toreador), Big On Broadway (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus) and Choir Maiden (AUS) (Choisir) struggling in her wake.
Chocolicious, winner of the Allan Robertson Fillies Championship (Grade 1) as a 2-year-old, closes her South African racing career with 6 wins and 8 places from 18 starts and R672,530 in earnings.
Chocolicious is now UK-bound, via Mauritius, where her connections are hoping to aim her at Royal Ascot. She is owned and managed by Darren and Elizabeth Dance and will race internationally with a group of their clients from Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock.
RAYNER LOGISTICS CONDITIONS PLATE (F & M)
|1||0.00||CHOCOLICIOUS||60.0||101||2||* K de Melo||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|2||3.25||SHE’S A STUNNER||59.5||97||1||A Delpech||Deon Visser|
|3||7.00||BIG ON BROADWAY (AUS)||60.0||89||4||S Randolph||Ivan Moore|
|4||7.10||CHOIR MAIDEN (AUS)||54.0||92||5||A Forbes||Tony Rivalland|
|5||7.60||SUBLIME SOUL||53.5||82||7||*J Barnes (4.0)||Charles Laird|
|6||9.60||MAIGOLD||55.5||86||6||M Yeni||Alistair Gordon|
|7||10.60||LAS RAMBLAS||57.0||84||3||* D Neethling (4.0)||James Goodman|
“Extract from European Bloodstock News”
In a private deal brokered by Gary Moore of Gavelhouse, South African Grade 1 winner Chocolicious has been sold to Australians Darren and Elizabeth Dance, who will race her with a group of their clients from Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock.
Bred at the picturesque Backworth Stud in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the daughter of leading sire Kahal and the Gr.3 Strelitzia Stakes victress Candy Box was rated amongst the leading juvenile fillies two seasons ago, when she landed the prestigious Gr.1 Allan Robertson Championship.
Following a stint in Dubai, where she was third in the UAE Guineas, she returned to her home country and added three more victories to her resume at four. The five-year-old mare remains in training and is scheduled to head for the UK in early 2013.
Based in Victoria, the Dances manage and operate Manningtree Park and have tasted considerable success in syndicating Gr.1 winning racing stock. A feature of their operation is the opportunity for their clients to race horses in Graded races in Australia and worldwide, and a decision last year to invest in international stayers to tackle the major distance races resulted in Crackerjack King winning the Gr.1 Rome Premio Presidente della Repubblica and having three runners in the recent Gr.1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington, the most successful of which, Jakkalberry, finished third behind the Irish-bred Green Moon.
“WE ARE WORTH BACKING.”