Miesque's Approval

So Easy For Humidor

So Easy For Humidor

Backworth-bred Humidor, with Muzi Yeni up, won the sixth with ease at Greyville Monday.

Great Racing Week For Backworth!

Great Racing Week For Backworth!

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.

Humidor Breaks Scottsville Course Record

Humidor Breaks Scottsville Course Record

What an exciting race result for Backworth Sunday afternoon at Scottsville! Backworth-bred Humidor won in style over 1200m, breaking Kildonan's course record. Humidor’s race record now stands at 3 wins in a row, and a 4th from just 4 starts!

Oh Boy... It's HUMIDOR!

Oh Boy... It's HUMIDOR!

"Quality comes through over the sprint" and no better place to reveal a young horse's God-given talents than over Scottsville's testing finishing straight.

Bella Miesque Blooms Purple

Bella Miesque Blooms Purple

On her second run back from a break, Bella Miesque, jumped well from the 12 gate to settle in second under jockey Alec Forbes heading into a hazy Greville 1400m.

Scintillating Scottsville Sunday

Scintillating Scottsville Sunday

Whilst we desperately await the start of the rainy season here in KwaZulu-Natal, there was no dampening the spirits of our Backworth-breds Sunday, as they blitzed the Scottsville turf in scintillating fashion.

5 Winners in 4 Weeks!

5 Winners in 4 Weeks!

The form of Backworth-breds continues to flourish as we move into February with five winners in the past four weeks from not many runners!

Style Flash Wins on Debut for Adriaan van Vuuren

Style Flash Wins on Debut for Adriaan van Vuuren

Adriaan and Rika van Vuuren’s Backworth-bred filly, Style Flash, lived up to her name Thursday when ‘flashing’ home on debut at the Vaal, winning in fine style over 1200m on the sand.

Spectacularus Scores For Duncan McKenzie and Des McLachlan

Spectacularus Scores For Duncan McKenzie and Des McLachlan

Spectacularus won in somewhat ‘spectacular’ fashion over 1000m on the polytrack Friday at Fairview for trainers Duncan McKenzie and Des McLachlan with jockey Muzi Yeni up.

More than just a 'Touch Of Nobility'

miesques approval touch of nobility filly foalTouch of Nobility with her filly foal by Miesque’s Approval / Ian Todd (p)

MIESQUE’S APPROVAL (USA) - TOUCH OF NOBILITY (AUS)

“Nobility is a social class that possesses more acknowledged privileges or eminence than most other classes in a society, membership thereof typically being hereditary.” - Wikipedia

This leggy filly promises more than just a ‘touch of nobility’ being by the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Miesque’s Approval, out of the familiy of Wajd, winner of the Group 2 Grand Prix d’Evry, the Group 3 Prix Minerve and the Listed Prix des Tuileries.

Island Fiesta... It's A Rush

island fiesta wendy whiteheadIsland Fiesta / Gold Circle (p)

ISLAND FIESTA
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Bermuda Junction (AUS) by Is It True (USA)

Backworth-bred Island Fiesta tore up the Greyville pollytrack under jockey MJ Odendaal Tuesday, leaving in his wake a bevvy of quality performers including the likes of the Hussonet gelding, Rio Carnival, victor of the Grade 3 King’s Cup and the Listed Thukela Handicap, and runner up in the recent Grade 2 Drill Hall Stakes.

Congratulations to trainer Wendy Whitehead and owners Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak and Sanjeeth Ramsewak.

Island Fiesta is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale and this win takes his career record to 6 wins and 12 places from 23 starts.

RACINGITSARUSH.CO.ZA PINNACLE STAKES
Greyville, Polytrack, 1200m
19 August 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 ISLAND FIESTA 55.0 5 M Odendaal Wendy Whitehead
2 1.0 TIPO TINTO 57.0 2 *N Gumede (4.0) Gavin van Zyl
3 2.0 ACAPULCO 55.0 3 K de Melo Dennis Drier
4 2.8 CAPTAIN ON THE RUN 57.0 7 S Cormack Dennis Drier
5 4.8 RIO CARNIVAL 63.0 4 A Marcus Charles Laird
6 8.5 COFFEE SHEIK 59.0 6 B Jacobson Wendy Whitehead
7 17.2 ALDRIC 53.0 1 M Yeni James Goodman
8 18.5 FLYFIRSTCLASS 57.0 8 A Delpech Craig Eudey

Top Of The Chocs Solid in Supertote Trophy

Top Of The Chocs Supertote TrophyTop Of The Chocs (left) finished third in the Supertote Trophy / The Mauritius Turf Club (p)

CHAMP DE MARS
10 August 2014

Backworth-bred Top Of The Chocs, half-brother to the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship victress Chocolicious, turned on the speed Sunday over 1000m at Champ de Mars to cement a confident third in the Supertote Trophy for trainer Hughes Maigrot with jockey Gerald Avranche up.

The 5 year-old gelding is by Breeders’ Cup winner Miesque’s Approval out of the Exclusive Patriot mare, Candy Box, who recorded 4 wins in her career, including the Grade 3 Strelitzia Stakes and the Listed Juvenile Stakes, and four places including a 3rd in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship.

THE SUPERTOTE SMS BETTING TROPHY
Champ de Mars, Turf, 1000m
10 August 2014

# Horse Jockey Trainer
1 MIGHTY MARS L Currie A Allet
2 RAINBOW MAN J Bardottier R Gujadhur
3 TOP OF THE CHOCS G Avranche H Maigrot
4 HUNTING TIME B Woodworth Hurlywood
5 MONSIEUR DANE S Bussunt R Gujadhur
6 MO ICHI DO B Sooful S Henry
7 FIRE CURTAIN C Segeon P Merven
8 VARDASHIAN R Mullen JM Henry

Island Fiesta in KZN Winter Challenge 1200 Nailbiter

Crescendo, Flyfirstclass and Island Fiesta - KZN Winter Challenge 1200Crescendo, Flyfirstclass and Island Fiesta - KZN Winter Challenge 1200 / Gold Circle (p)

Backworth-bred Island Fiesta did little wrong Saturday under jockey MJ Odendaal in the KZN Winter Challenge 1200 at Clairwood, being denied only in a final lunge to the line by the impressive Maine Chance-bred Crescendo, a son of Act One out of the Danehill mare Carambola, and the strapping Summerhill-bred Kahal gelding, Flyfirstclass.

The ultra-consistant Wendy Whitehead-trained son of Miesque’s Approval out of the Australian mare, Bermuda Junction, is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale and takes his career record to 4 wins and 11 places from 20 starts.

KZN WINTER CHALLENGE 1200 (Non Black Type)
Brought to you by Rotary Club Of Scottburgh
Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
7 June 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 CRESCENDO 59.5 3 S Cormack Dennis Drier
2 0.05 FLYFIRSTCLASS 58.0 14 A Marcus Craig Eudey
3 0.10 ISLAND FIESTA 58.0 4 M Odendaal Wendy Whitehead
4 2.35 HUNTING HORN 60.0 9 K Shea Duncan Howells
5 2.45 LIBERTINE 52.5 7 *C Murray Colin Scott
6 2.70 ETERNAL JET 54.5 13 K de Melo Dennis Drier
7 2.95 RAINER 52.0 11 G Hatt Michael Roberts
8 3.95 UMBANI 52.0 15 A Mgudlwa Garth Puller
9 4.20 ALDRIC 52.0 5 S Khumalo James Goodman
10 5.20 ROMANTIC BALLADEER 52.0 2 W Kennedy Adam W Kethro
11 5.45 LEGEND DANCER 52.0 6 G van Niekerk Michael Roberts
12 6.70 ROYAL ROY 52.0 8 M Yeni Kumaran Naidoo
13 8.45 PIANO MAN 63.5 1 G Lerena James Goodman
14 8.60 WARWICKADALE 52.0 10 J Samuel Corinne Bestel
15 11.10 TRIX OF THE TRADE 52.5 12 M Byleveld Glen Kotzen

Island Fiesta Challenging for KZN Breeders Series Top Spot

island fiesta - kzn breeders seriesIsland Fiesta (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY
29 June 2014

The much anticipated KZN Breeders Race Day is set to be staged on 29 June 2014 at Clairwood racecourse. The fourth log for ‘three-year-olds and up’ has been published and sees the ultra consistent Backworth-bred Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) fighting out the top spot with the formidable Summerhill Stud-bred Negev (Stronghold - Haifaa).

Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, Island Fiesta is trained by Wendy Whitehead and owned by a syndicate including Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak, Sanjeeth Ramsewak and Miss W Whitehead.

Aptly named Island Fiesta, out of Backworth’s Austalian mare Burmuda Junction, by Is It True (USA), has only been out of the money on three occasions from 17 starts - winning four of them, scoring five seconds and placing five times. Burmuda Junction has produced seven winners from eight runners, including recent Backworth-bred winner by Atso, Bermuda Breeze.

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)
For 3-Year-Olds and Up
As at 1 April 2014

# Horse Age Sex Trainer Breeder Points
1 NEGEV 4 F Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 35
2 ISLAND FIESTA 5 G Wendy Whitehead Backworth Stud 30
3 CINEMA SCOPE 5 G Gavin van Zyl Scott Bros 29
4 THE MONEY SHOT 4 G Sean Tarry Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 26
5 THE MUTINEER 4 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 24
6 CAYENNE 3 F Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 23
7 AUCTION KING 3 G Paul Lafferty Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 22
8 EUPHORIA 4 F Johan Janse van Vuuren GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 22
9 UMOYANA 4 F Tony Rivalland Summerhill Stud 22
10 ENCHANTED SILK 3 F Sean Tarry Gold Star Stud 21
11 FLYFIRSTCLASS 4 G Craig Eudey Summerhill Stud 21
12 MISS K 5 M Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 21
13 HANA 3 F Gavin van Zyl Summerhill Stud 20
14 SUCH FUN 5 M Tony Rivalland Mr GH Rowles 20
15 KING JACE 4 G Garth Puller Mr & Mrs R J Clarkin T/A Clarkin Thoroughbred Services  19
16 RHEIMS 5 G Alec Laird Tertia Properties (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr S C Harley)  19
17 ADMIRAL’S EYE 3 F Charles Laird A Magid & Summerhill Stud 18
18 AFRICAN GLADIATOR 7 G Cliffie Miller Mr BD van Laun 18
19 HIGHLAND FLING 5 G Mike Pappas Mr ML Pappas 18
20 PIANO MAN 4 G James Goodman Mr & Mrs AW Procter 18

www.kznbreeders.co.za

Island Fiesta leads KZN Breeders Series Log - 19 February 2014

island fiesta - kzn breeders seriesIsland Fiesta (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY
29 June 2014

The much anticipated KZN Breeders Race Day is set to be staged on 29 June 2014 at Clairwood racecourse. The second log for ‘three-year-olds and up’ sees sire Miesque’s Approval with the first two on the log. Backworth Stud-bred Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) leads with 24 points, ahead of Auction King (Miesque’s Approval - Eli’s Thread) and Flyfirstclass (Kahal - Radiant Lass).

Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, Island Fiesta is trained by Wendy Whitehead and owned by a syndicate including Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak, Sanjeeth Ramsewak and Miss W Whitehead.

Island Fiesta, aptly named out of Backworth’s Austalian mare Burmuda Junction, by Is It True (USA), has only been out of the money twice from 16 starts - winning four of them, and placing 10 times. Burmuda Junction has produced seven winners from eight runners, including recent Backworth-bred winner by Atso, Bermuda Breeze.

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)
For 3-Year-Olds and Up
As at 19 February 2014

# Horse Age Sex Trainer Breeder Points
1 ISLAND FIESTA 5 G Wendy Whitehead Backworth Stud 24
2 AUCTION KING 3 G Paul Lafferty Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 22
3 FLYFIRSTCLASS 4 G Craig Eudey Summerhill Stud 21
4 NEGEV 4 F Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 20
5 EUPHORIA 4 F Johan Janse van Vuuren GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 19
6 ADMIRAL’S EYE 3 F Charles Laird A Magid & Summerhill Stud 18
7 CINEMA SCOPE 5 G Gavin van Zyl Scott Bros 18
8 THE MONEY SHOT 4 G Sean Tarry Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 18
9 THE MUTINEER 4 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 18
10 TORA TORA 3 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 18
11 UMOYANA 4 F Tony Rivalland Summerhill Stud 18
12 HANA 3 F Gavin van Zyl Summerhill Stud 17
13 DODGE CITY 5 G Pat Lunn Summerhill Stud 16
14 MISS K 5 M Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 16
15 PARTY DOLL 4 F Chris Erasmus Orangewood Stud 16
16 FLIGHT WARNING 3 C Gary Alexander Summerhill Stud 15
17 RED LABEL 3 F Dennis Drier GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 15
18 SUTHERFENI 5 M Kumaran Naidoo Mr L Nunan 15
19 CAYENNE 3 F Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 14
20 COSTWOLD 6 M Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 14

www.kznbreeders.co.za

Island Fiesta and Luxardo in a 'Nailbiter'

Island Fiesta wins at Scottsville Racecourse Island Fiesta - Wendy Whitehead and Owners

Island Fiesta (SAF)
(Photos : Gold Circle)

ISLAND FIESTA
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Bermuda Junction (AUS) by Is It True (USA)

In her first run of 2014 yesterday, the Wendy Whitehead-trained Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) won a ‘nailbiter’ over Scottsville’s 1200m with jockey MJ Odendaal up. Fellow Backworth-bred Luxardo (Mogok - Absolut Star) was pipped into a photo third by the Summerhill Stud-bred Flyfirstclass (Kahal - Radiant Lass).

The 5-year-old Island Fiesta takes her career record to 4 wins and 7 places from 14 runs.

Congratulations to trainer Wendy Whitehead and fellow owners Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak and Sanjeeth Ramsewak.

Island Fiesta is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale.

SOCCER 4 MR 90 DIVIDED HANDICAP
Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
12 January 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 ISLAND FIESTA 56.5 4 M Odendaal Wendy Whitehead
2 0.2 FLYFIRSTCLASS 55.5 1 JP v’d Merwe Craig Eudey
3 0.3 LUXARDO 52.5 8 * K de Melo Mark Dixon
4 1.0 BREEDERS CUP 54.0 5 * N Patel (4.0) Garth Puller
5 2.3 ALBERT 55.0 3 * D Dillon Michael Miller
6 2.5 LIZARD’S PASSION 52.5 2 S Veale Yogas Govender
7 6.3 TUSCAN 56.0 7 K Shea Duncan Howells
8 6.6 SHOES ‘N COMPANY 55.5 6 A Mgudlwa Yogas Govender

Tremendous Treble for Backworth

Too Much Fun HorseToo Much Fun (Admire Main - Merriment)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Below is an article published yesterday on the Bloodstock South Africa website following Backworth’s ‘tremendous treble’ on the weekend with the Duncan McKenzie-trained Spectacularus, the Gavin van Zyl-trained Too Much Fun and the Frank Robinson-trained Go Again!

“The Backworth Stud has enjoyed a cracking start to the 2013-2014 season. The farm who have been loyal and stalwart Bloodstock South Africa supporters over the years, enjoyed a fine treble over the weekend.

The first leg of the Backworth hatrick kicked off when Spectacularus broke her maiden in fine fashion on Friday. A daughter of former Eclipse Champion Miesque’s Approval, Spectacularus was a cheap R25,000 buy at the 2011 Suncoast Casino KZN Yearling Sale. Well done to owners Backworth Stud, and Messrs Levy and Rivalland - this filly has already earned back her purchase price!

Second of the Backworth winners to score over the weekend was the Admire Main-sired filly, Too Much Fun. The Winston Chow owned filly showed her appreciation for a step up in trip by saluting impressively over 1600m, and she is another who should win her share of races.

Too Much Fun (whose dam Merriment is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Superwood) was a R140,000 buy at the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. She is a filly with a lovely pedigree (Too Much Fun is from the great Soho Secret family), and hopefully she can go from strength to strength.

Go Again completed the hatrick for Backworth with a brave victory at Clairwood Park on Sunday. The Frank Robinson-trained gelding (who is a full brother to smart, Grade 2 winning filly First Again) narrowly prevailed in a thrilling finish to win by the shortest of short heads for his connections. The son of Muhtafal was a R600,000 buy for owner Mr Bifov at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

Bloodstock South Africa would like to congratulate Backworth’s Keith Russon and Ian Todd for this fine achievement.

Keep up with our latest news on www.tba.co.za or visit and interact with us on twitter/bloodstocksa and Facebook.com/tbaofsa.”

Forbidden Approval?

miesques approval - forbidden woods filly foal

Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Forbidden Woods (SAF)

Forbidden Woods foaled down in the paddock mid-afternoon Friday, obviously feeling safe and warm, and delivered a lively, healthy filly foal, who seems very interested in everything her Mum does! If her National Emblem yearling filly is anything to go by, this will be a family to watch!

Lunch in May!

Lunch in May

We shared a lovely May day with friends on Sunday. Pictured above are myself, Chris Tyson and Landon Tyson Cunningham, Katie McElligott, Mario Rodrigues, Richard McElligott, Trui Wollecamp, Keith, Helen Colle, Stephan Colle, Rise Again and  her Miesque’s Approval colt foal, Andrew Irvine, Gavin Cunningham and Anne Colle.