Backworth had yet another good racing week with Scandal, Attenborough and Sanctuary flying our flag high.
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.
The improvement capacity and scope of 2-year-olds’s was demonstrated by the Pippa Mickleburgh/Backworth-bred smart looking Attenborough, who was a facile winner of the R125,000 Listed Somerset 1200 at Kenilworth.
We may be nearing the peak of our Summer season here in KwaZulu-Natal, but Friday night's racing at Greyville sent chills down a few spines as we once again witnessed the class of a South African stallion great of times past, Western Winter.
Ice Run shattered his maiden Friday at Greyville for owners Mrs Mary Liley and Mr Cassim, trainer Tony Rivalland with jockey Anton Marcus up!
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!
Western Winter (USA) - Dancing Royale (AUS)
The South African breeding industry was hit with the sad news Saturday of the loss of Lammerskraal Stud’s Champion Sire, Western Winter.
The son of Gone West has been a stalwart of South African breeding for well over a decade producing tough and durable racehorses winning at the highest level from 1000m to 3200m. Western Winter was crowned champion first-season sire of 2000/01, remaining in the upper reaches of South Africa’s sires’ tables to date. His other achievements included overall champion sire in 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2005/06 and finishing second in the sires’ table three times. He was twice sire of Horses Of The Year with Winter Solstice and What A Winter.
Western Winter’s other progeny include Yard Arm, Set Afire, Ice Cube, Roxanne, Bad Girl Runs, Swartland, Argonaut, Fair Maiden, Fearless, Nania, Warm White Night, On Her Toes, Lady Windermere, Surveyor, Silver Mist, Oracle West and Capetown Noir.
As if by command from the heavens, our beautiful Australian mare, Dancing Royale (Danehill Dancer - Asian Incline), gave birth to a really beautiful Western Winter colt early Saturday morning. The photos above show Dancing Royale and her colt foal at just 10 minutes old!
Colt foal by Western Winter out of Blue Lace Agate
(Photo : Ian Todd)
Western Winter (USA) - Blue Lace Agate (SAF)
After just a few days on the ground, this Western Winter colt already has a ‘spring’ in his step! He is a grandson of Wild Aster, being out of the mare Blue Lace Agate who had a career record of 5 wins and 9 places from just 17 starts.
Wild Aster recorded 6 wins in her career including the Majorca Stakes (Grade 2) and the Ashburton Fillies Handicap (Listed) and 7 places. These included 2nds in the Cape Fillies Guineas (Grade 1), Green Point Stakes (WFA) (Grade 2), JB McIntosh Fillies Classic (Grade 2), Azalea Stakes (Grade 3) and Frank Martin Stakes (Listed) as well as a 3rd in the Premier’s Cup (Grade 2) and a 4th in the Arc-en-Ciel Paddock Stakes (Grade 1).