Backworth had yet another good racing week with Scandal, Attenborough and Sanctuary flying our flag high.
Backworth-bred Scandal scored again for trainer Corne Spies on Monday at Fairview in a MR80 Open Handicap. Fellow Backworth-bred Sanctuary scooted home to take third in a FM 71 Handicap for trainer Alan Greeff.
Backworth-breds Aquinata and Scandal represented the farm with distinction Friday at Fairview. Aquinata flew home in the ninth for Dorrie Sham, Adriaan and Rika van Vuuren and Scandal scored a quarter length second in the Listed East Cape Breeders Stakes for Corne Spies. Congratulations to the connections.
Mary Liley’s gutsy Backworth-bred gelding, Lucky Break, thrilled revelers Friday at Greyville’s ‘Night Racing’, tearing up the poly straight to get up on the line under ‘Master Jockey’, Anton Marcus, ahead of the flying Mynameisbond, Live Controversy and Semonkong.
The second KZN Breeders Series Log for two-year-olds published this week has seen the impressive Backworth Stud-bred debut winner, Scandal, moving to the head of affairs.
As the Johannesburg dusk settled Tuesday evening at Turffontein Racecourse, all focus was on the rippling racing machines strutting their stuff in the parade ring; in the air hovered a buzz of excited chatter, papers shuffling and uncertain whispers.
In an absolute thriller Friday night at Greyville, the ultra-consistant Tony Rivalland-trained Lucky Break was denied victory in the eighth by a dogged Dancingwithjackson and ultimately the fall of a judge’s hammer.
Muhtafal (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)
Not even the driving rain could deter a dogged Athandiwe Mgudlwa from winning the eigth at Greyville Sunday aboard the gutsy Backworth-bred Lucky Break for trainer Tony Rivalland and owner Mary Liley.
Lucky Break, a half brother to Listed Nkosazana Stakes victress, Raise The Bar, is the grandson of Eternal Dancer from the family of Chattaronga.
The four-year-old colt is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
In the previous race, fellow Backworth-bred Down Sir Down (Count Dubois - Feather Bed) contested an extremely tight finish, missing out by a nose to place fourth.
THE JACKPOT QUICKMIX MR 73 DIVIDED HANDICAP
|1||0.00||LUCKY BREAK||52||5||A Mgudlwa||Tony Rivalland|
|2||0.75||POIVRE||52||9||M Yeni||Greg & Karen Anthony|
|3||1.00||MICHELLE MY BELLE||58||6||*D Dillon||Doug Campbell|
|4||1.50||ROCKY BAY||60||2||I Sturgeon||Frank Robinson|
|5||2.00||TULBAGH TRIP||58||4||S Randolph||Gavin van Zyl|
|6||2.50||TOP COMMAND||55||3||*L Mxothwa||Greg & Karen Anthony|
|7||3.25||KASHAN||56||8||K de Melo||Gavin van Zyl|
|8||10.25||NITRO NORI||54.5||10||A Forbes||Lezeanne Forbes|
|9||12.00||TEPPANYAKI||56||1||A Marcus||Chris Erasmus|
|10||15.00||NICK JAGGER||53.5||7||W Kennedy||Kumaran Naidoo|
EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
27 - 28 April 2014
The showpiece of South African yearling sales, the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, is rapidly approaching… now just a few days away!
The Nationals take place at the TBA Sales Complex in Gosforth Park, Germiston and Backworth Stud consigns a select draft including a classy, quality Silvano colt, a well grown, scopey daughter of sensational second season sire Judpot, a superb colt by champion Western Winter with a near perfect confirmation, and a magnificent, extremely athletic filly with an illustrious pedigree by Muhtafal.
We look forward to seeing you at the sales!
Muhtafal (USA) - Erythrina (SAF) by Fort Wood (USA)
Floristry (Muhtafal - Erythrina) broke her maiden for us at Fairview Friday winning very nicely over 1200m for trainers Duncan McKenzie and Des McLachlan with Barend Vlooh up.
After a six month break, Floristry was sent to PE where she has scored a third, a second and now a first from her last five starts!
This chestnut filly is from the family of Royal Heroine (GB), Champion Turf Filly in the USA in 1984, and Carmine Lake (IRE), Top Rated 3-Year-Old Sprinter in France in 1997.
ALL TO COME MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
|1||0.0||FLORISTRY||60.0||11||B Vlooh||D McLachlan / D McKenzie|
|2||1.2||PIPETTE||60.0||9||K Latham||Yvette Bremner|
|3||2.0||PAX AFRICANA||60.0||4||W Agrella||S Janse van Rensburg|
|4||2.5||DIAMOND TIGER||60.0||10||G van Niekerk||Mike Bass|
|5||2.6||MOUCHA GASOLINA||60.0||5||* L Mxothwa||George Uren|
|6||3.1||JACKIE BLACK||60.0||15||L Funeka||Dorrie Sham|
|7||3.3||DONT WORRY||60.0||13||K Zechner||George Uren|
|8||3.5||IVANKA||60.0||1||E Webber||Grant Paddock|
|9||3.7||ESTRELLA||60.0||18||* S Fortune (4.0kg)||Hekkie Strydom|
|10||4.2||I’M A ROCK STAR||60.0||7||M Yeni||Glen Kotzen|
|11||4.2||FLOWER BOWL BLISS||60.0||8||T Gould||Tara Laing|
|12||5.2||EXCITEMENT SEEKER||60.0||6||* N Patel (4.0kg)||Gavin Smith|
|13||5.5||MIESQUE`S SOUL||60.0||12||J P v’d Merwe||Gavin Smith|
|14||6.0||HIATUS||60.0||3||R Danielson||Tara Laing|
|15||9.0||MANGO MOON||60.0||14||A Andrews||Yvette Bremner|
|16||10.2||NAUTICAL GEM||60.0||2||G Cheyne||Alan Greeff|
|17||12.5||MATCHLESS MAE||60.0||17||K Minnie||Alan Greeff|
|18||22.2||THEDA BARA||60.0||16||S Khumalo||Glen Kotzen|
Muhtafal (USA) - Moving On Up by Jallad (USA)
Capping off a solid weekend’s racing for Backworth-breds was the Tony Rivalland-trained Muhtafal colt, Lucky Break, who ran an impressive finish at Clairwood Sunday under Brandon Lerena to break his maiden for owner Mary Liley.
Lucky Break is a half brother to Queen of the Nkosazana Stakes (Listed), Raise The Bar. He is the grandson of Eternal Dancer who had a career tally of 12 wins and is from the family of Chattaronga with 6 wins.
The three-year-old chestnut colt is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
In the 9th, Backworth-bred Gold Flight (Right Approach - Faerie Gold) finished a good 4th, after getting into trouble early, for trainer Alyson Wright under Warren Kennedy.
SOCCER 6 MAIDEN PLATE
|1||0.0||LUCKY BREAK||60.0||5||B Lerena||Tony Rivalland|
|2||2.5||GLASS TIGER||60.0||15||S Cormack||Dennis Drier|
|3||2.7||BOLT OF LIGHT||60.0||6||A Delpech||Mike de Kock|
|4||5.4||CASTLE KEEP||60.0||3||W Kennedy||Paul Gadsby|
|5||5.6||PAX AETERNA||60.0||4||S Randolph||Kumaran Naidoo|
|6||5.8||GHARBEE||60.0||2||* H v’d Hoven (4.0)||Mike de Kock|
|7||7.8||QATAR SPRINGS||60.0||12||B Jacobson||Gavin van Zyl|
|8||7.8||CAPE CANAVERAL||60.0||14||S Khumalo||Frank Robinson|
|9||7.9||ECO STORM||60.0||7||A Mgudlwa||Garth Puller|
|10||8.6||AT MIDNIGHT||57.5||1||* J Barnes (4.0)||Garth Puller|
|11||8.9||BRAVE PINCER||60.0||11||D Lembethe||James Goodman|
|12||8.9||GOLDEN MATADOR||60.0||8||M Odendaal||Sean Tarry|
|13||9.0||BOLD ATTITUDE||60.0||9||C Orffer||Michael Miller|
|14||9.8||IBERIAN EXPRESS||60.0||13||* D Dillon||Mark Dixon|
|15||12.0||GHURKA CHIEF||60.0||10||K Shea||Steve Benton|
EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park
1/3 November 2013
When Bloodstock South Africa announced the world-class catalogue late September for the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, kicking off Friday at the TBA’s Germiston Sales Complex, we must admit to the Backworth Team secretly rooting for a special filly very close to our own hearts… lot number 207 consigned by Balmoral Stud.
There’s a story behind Lady Matic, the imposing Backworth-bred bay filly by Muhtafal out of our Australian mare, Miss Unimac. She was consigned by Backworth to the 2013 National Yearling Sales where she was spotted, selected, and quickly snapped up, by KZN-Midlands-based Balmoral Stud with the aim of nurturing her further in preparation for the Ready To Run Sale which carries the world’s richest Ready To Run Sales race, limited to graduates of the sale, the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup. With an expected 2014 stake in the region of R3.5million, making ‘The Cup’ one of the biggest prizes in the country, thes odds for a true, quality candidate are irresistible.
Lady Matic is a half sister to PRIVATE COLLECTION (5 wins), MACFIRE (5 wins), MACMUFTI (6 wins), CHIC HAPPENS (3 wins) and VARLET (5 wins). She is from the family of LOTKAS STAR (AUS), the joint 3rd Top Rated 3-Year-Old Female Miler in Australia with 5 wins including Grade 2 Storm Queen Stakes, CABOTEUR (13 wins) and WIND JAMMER (9 wins including Grace 3 Administrative Trophy). her dam, MISS UNIMAC, is a half sister to MARIONIQUE (AUS), dam of LADY MARION (8 wins including the Grade 2 Marsh Classic Stakes, the Grade 2 Tristarc Stakes, the Grade 3 WH Stocks Stakes) and LARGO LAD (AUS) (6 wins).
So if you’re attending the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, be sure to take note of lot 207, Lady Matic.
|LADY MATIC||Muhtafal (USA)||Mr Prospector (USA)||Raise A Native (USA)|
|Gold Digger (USA)|
|Polite Lady (USA)||Venetian Jester (USA)|
|Friendly Ways (USA)|
|Miss Unimac (AUS)||Bellotto (USA)||Mr Prospector (USA)|
|Shelf Talker (USA)|
|Lotkas Star (AUS)||Luskin Star (AUS)|
For more information, visit www.tba.co.za.
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.
Muhtafal (USA) - Lady Electric (AUS) by Hennessy (USA)
Prior to Colour Of Courage’s fantastic victory the Grade 2 Umkhomazi Stakes at Scottsville Sunday, Backworth had already scored in the first with Dazzle, a graduate of the 2011 KZN Yearling Sale, romping home to an impressive 4 length maiden win under jockey Anton Marcus for trainer Glen Kotzen.
The performance of the three-year-old filly was just the ‘cherry on the top’ for her owner Tony Moodley, following his Grade 2 success on Champions Day at Turffontein Saturday with Checcetti clinching the Bisquit Cognac Gerald Rosenberg Stakes.
Dazzle, by Muhtafal out of Lady Electric, is a half-sister to fellow-Backworth-bred Stakes winner Variometer. She has now won once and placed twice in her three starts.
SAVAGES FC OLD BOYS MAIDEN PLATE
|1||0.00||DAZZLE||60.0||0||2||A Marcus||Glen Kotzen|
|2||4.00||RAMP DIVA||60.0||0||9||B Fayd’Herbe||Mark Dixon|
|3||4.15||INVENTIVE GIRL (ARG)||60.0||0||7||S Veale||Mike de Kock|
|4||4.65||JAVA MOON||60.0||67||6||C Orffer||Michael Roberts|
|5||6.90||LAGO||60.0||54||1||JP van der Merwe||Wendy Whitehead|
|6||7.00||ON YOUR BIKE||60.0||54||12||C Taylor||Mike Pappas|
|7||7.50||NATIONAL LASS||60.0||0||13||A Forbes||Michael Miller|
|8||10.75||TARFEESHANA (AUS)||60.0||63||3||M Yeni||Mike de Kock|
|9||14.50||TOP ACT||60.0||0||11||*M Ntuli (4.0)||Tony Rivalland|
|10||15.50||SEPTEMBER RAIN||60.0||0||10||*N Patel (4.0)||Kumaran Naidoo|
|11||15.65||MADAME TIGRE||60.0||0||8||A Mgudlwa||Sean Tarry|
|12||15.75||CHASE THE CHERRY||60.0||0||14||*K de Melo||Des Egdes|
|13||21.25||ALIWAL EXPRESS||60.0||0||4||*W van Staden (4.0)||Mike Pappas|
|14||22.00||WOODENITBEROSY||60.0||0||15||*J Barnes (4.0)||Julie Dittmer|
|15||23.50||JUSTA DIVA||60.0||0||5||J Samuel||Deon Visser|
|16||0.00||ZURA’S LEGACY||60.0||0||6||I Sturgeon||Wendy Whitehead|
Glitter Star (SAF)
(Photo : Lucky H Racing)
GLITTER STAR (SAF)
Muhtafal (USA) - Celestial Charm (SAF) by Freedom Land (USA)
Glitter Star (Muhtafal (USA) - Celestial Charm (SAF)) continued his run of good form for trainer Lucky Houdalakis Tuesday at the Vaal winning a MR 93 Handicap convincingly from the Geoff Woodruff-trained favourite Approachable (Right Approach (GB) Czech (Arg)).
Glitter Star’s last run on 29 July took Anton Marcus to his 200th victory of the season, assisting in his challenge on the 2012 South African Jockey Championship.
Congratulations to trainer Lucky Houdalakis and owner Mr ME Leaf.
Celestial Charm recorded 2 wins and 3 places in her racing career from 10 starts including a 3rd in the Zimbabwe Oaks Gr3. She is a half sister to Roland’s Song ARCSA Champion 2-year-old filly, Horse of the Year, Champion 3-year-old Filly and Champion Older female. She recorded 14 wins including the Administrators Champion Futurity Gr1, Administrators Classic Gr1, Daily News 2000 Gr1, Administrators Champion Stakes Gr1 (twice), Gosforth Park Juvenile Fillies Futurity Stakes Gr2, Post Natal Golden Slipper Gr2, Computaform Champion Stakes Gr2 (3 times), John Skeaping Trophy Gr2 and the Gosforth Park Fillies Stakes Gr3.
CHARITY WILL WIN BIG AND SO CAN YOU TURF 3 NOV MR 93 DIV HANDICAP
|1||0.00||GLITTER STAR||57.0||88||4||C Maujean||Lucky Houdalakis|
|2||2.00||APPROACHABLE||60.0||93||7||P Strydom||Geoff Woodruff|
|3||3.00||RABADASH||57.0||87||3||S Khumalo||Bradley Maroun|
|4||3.50||LOCHLORIEN||58.5||90||9||R Fradd||Mike Azzie|
|5||5.00||ACE OF HEARTS||53.0||79||6||* N Qaule (2.5)||John Vos|
|6||6.50||GINEPRI (ARG)||57.5||89||2||D David||Mike de Kock|
|7||6.55||WAGNER||60.0||94||5||M Yeni||Joe Soma|
|8||6.60||AMATOL||56.5||86||8||R Danielson||Dominic Zaki|
|9||11.50||LAKE ALBERT||54.0||81||1||S Chambers||Lance Wiid|
Lewinsky’s Lover with her filly foal by Muhtafal
(Photo : Ian Todd)
Muhtafal (USA) - Lewinsky’s Lover (SAF)
The winter chills have finally abated, the first signs of Spring are prominent everywhere and we’re well and truly into the foaling season.
Here is a photo of our second foal of the season, a beautiful filly by Muhtafal out of Lewinsky’s Lover.
Lewinsky’s Lover, by Jallad, is from the family of Soho Secret, Champion Broodmare in 1995, Kings Gambit, joint Equus Champion Stayer, Promise From My Heart, Equus Champion 3-Year-Old Classic Female, London News, ARCSA Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and joint Horse Of The Year in 1995 as well as Horse Of The Year and Champion Older Male in 1996.
GLITTER STAR (SAF)
Muhtafal (USA) - Celestial Charm (SAF) by Freedom Land (USA)
Not missing the money in 8 starts, the Backworth-bred Glitter Star (Muhtafal - Celestial Charm) notched up a third win Sunday at Turffontein under jockey Anton Marcus for trainer Lucky Houdalakis. Interestingly, this was Anton Marcus’ 200th victory of the season and we’re proud to have played a small part in his quest for the South African Champion Jockey title for a second year running.
The 4-year-old gelding takes his career record to 3 wins and 5 places from 8 starts. Congratulations to owner Mr ME Leaf.
MR 88 DIVIDED HANDICAP
|1||0.00||GLITTER STAR||57.0||84||1||A Marcus||Lucky Houdalakis|
|2||0.50||LANCEWOOD||57.0||82||3||K Zechner||Mike Azzie|
|3||2.00||SPITFIRE RUN||57.5||83||5||P Strydom||Devin Little|
|4||2.25||STORMY COAST||57.0||82||4||S Chambers||George Scott|
|5||3.75||CARIBBEAN COAST||57.0||82||2||J Sampson||Erico Verdonese|
|6||4.75||BUGLE CALL||52.0||72||6||R Simons||Paul Matchett|
|7||5.00||CAPTAIN VEDICI||52.5||75||8||JP van der Merwe||Ormond Ferraris|
|8||6.25||WILDEST DREAM||55.0||78||11||*N Juglall||Mike Azzie|
|9||8.50||KING FERNANDO||53.5||75||10||M Yeni||Sean Tarry|
|10||9.50||RABADASH||60.0||88||9||S Brown||Bradley Maroun|
|11||12.00||STAR FACTOR||53.0||76||7||*A Aucharuz (4.0)||Paul Peter|
GLITTER STAR (SAF)
Muhtafal (USA) - Celestial Charm (SAF) by Freedom Land (USA)
Glitter Star (Muhtafal - Celestial Charm) notched up his second win Thursday at the Vaal under jockey Marthinus Mienie for trainer Lucky Houdalakis. The Backworth-bred 3-year-old gelding won handsomely by 2 lengths carrying top weight and takes his career record to 2 wins and 4 places from 6 starts. Congratulations to owner Mr ME Leaf.
RUGBY 5 MR 76 HANDICAP
|1||0.00||GLITTER STAR||60.0||79||2||M Mienie||Lucky Houdalakis|
|2||2.00||WAR FRONT||59.0||77||10||G Lerena||Erico Verdonese|
|3||2.25||SAINT JOHN BOSCO||53.0||65||12||S Cele||Paul Peter|
|4||2.50||BUGLE CALL||57.0||73||3||R Simons||Paul Matchett|
|5||2.75||PRINCE IGOR||58.5||76||6||P Strydom||Weiho Marwing|
|6||3.50||MO’ PEPPER||55.0||66||7||JP van der Merwe||Brian Wiid|
|7||4.25||WINTER DESIRE||58.0||72||5||M Van Rensburg||Stuart Pettigrew|
|8||4.30||SILLY MID-ON||53.5||66||11||C Maujean||Louis Goosen|
|9||4.75||MILKWOOD MANOR||56.0||68||4||T Appie||Scott Kenny|
|10||5.00||STAR FACTOR||60.0||79||1||C Little||Paul Peter|
|11||5.10||MO DA DI DU||54.5||65||8||*J Greyling||Kumaran Naidoo|
|12||6.50||FLAMING FORGE||52.0||60||13||L Nhlapo||Brian Wiid|
|13||11.00||ENGLISH CLUB||55.0||66||9||D Yeo||Terry Lowe|
|14||0.00||VALERE||60.0||60.0||3||C Orffer||Mike Azzie|
|15||0.00||TIGER ATTACK||57.5||57.5||4||n/a||Geoff Woodruff|
|16||0.00||HELL ALLEY||57.0||57.0||11||F Herholdt||St John Gray|
GO AGAIN (SAF)
Muhtafal (USA) - Going Places (Zim) by Esplendor (ARG)
Backworth had a good day’s racing at Scottsville Tuesday with GO AGAIN (Muhtafal - Going Places) winning second time out for the Herman Brown / Frank Robinson yard; beating the hot favourite, Markus Jooste’s talented Trippi colt, Skywalk Luke (Trippi - Catwalk Cutie), by a length.
The Backworth graduate of the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale is a full brother to First Again, winner of the 2006 Ipi Tombe Challenge (Grade 2) and the highest merit rated filly of her generation (MR106). Congratulations to the Brown/Robinson yard and to owner Mr R. Bifov.
In the 3rd race on the same card, Backworth-bred SUGAR RUSH (Miesque’s Approval - Sweet Sweet) ran 2nd, also second time out, for trainer Tony Rivalland, beaten by the Dennis Drier-trained favourite, Sue For Peace (Western Winter - Divided).
On Monday at Clairwood, LUXARDO (Mogok - Absolut Star) ran 4th, first time out, over 1000m. A commendable run considering he was left at the start.
UK SOCCER 4 MAIDEN JUVENILE PLATE
|1||0.00||GO AGAIN||58.0||0||2||K Latham||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|2||1.00||SKYWALK LUKE||58.0||0||8||A Marcus||Charles Laird|
|3||4.00||TIGER STORM||58.0||0||4||S Cormack||Glen Kotzen|
|4||7.75||BRIGHT IDEA||58.0||0||5||C Orffer||Ivan Moore|
|5||7.80||MIGHTY LION||58.0||0||1||S Veale||Paul Gadsby|
|6||8.30||DONNINGTON||58.0||0||9||B Lerena||Chris Erasmus|
|7||9.05||SMARTELLI||58.0||0||7||S Randolph||Dennis Drier|
|8||12.05||HORAY HENRY||58.0||0||6||A Mgudlwa||Alyson Wright|
|9||20.55||SPRINTER KING||58.0||0||3||A Forbes||Michael Miller|
|10||20.65||SEAN O’ CASEY||58.0||0||10||M Yeni||Mike de Kock|
|11||0.00||KENTUCKY GUEST||58.0||0||4||B Jacobson||Doug Campbell|
|12||0.00||RANDOM AL||58.0||0||6||S Khumalo||Sean Miller|
|13||0.00||VICTORIA’S ALBERT||58.0||0||5||G Wrogemann||Sean Miller|