BACKWORTH STUD DISPERSAL SALE
Backworth Stud, Eston, KwaZulu-Natal
10 April 2017
Backworth Stud has long been established as one of KwaZulu-Natal's truly boutique stud farms. Home to Keith Russon and Ian Todd since 1993, their passion, patience, love and appreciation for the magnificent thoroughbred is most evident throughout the estate which offers an environment of beauty, of establishment and of fine aesthetics.
The property enjoys a wonderful rambling garden, with a 1km driveway lined with Azaleas, Yellowwoods and Hydrangeas, with many avenues of Plane and Liquid Amber trees throughout. There are many fine specimens of trees, namely the Cedars of Lebanon and Italian Oaks, with stories of seeds purchased, propagated and planted in the early 1900s.
Backworth Stud is a subliminally beautiful property. Standing proud at 1,100m above sea level, the estate boasts 360⁰ of uninterrupted views across the breathtaking Southern KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. A gentle, temperate climate caresses avenues of Yellowwood trees, and an abundance of Hydrangeas and Azaleas surround Backworth House, the rambling thatch homestead built in 1924.
Backworth is a fine property, a holistic breeding environment aimed at raising of quality Thoroughbreds. It shares its soul with all who visit to appreciate this remarkable boutique Thoroughbred breeding stud.
From a small number of runners, Backworth Stud has bred a lengthy list of high class performers. Among the top runners bred by the Backworth are G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner Chocolicious (who subsequently had a Frankel filly fetch AUS$610,000 at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale), G2 Umkhomazi Stakes winner Colour Of Courage, and the high class stakes winners First Again, Raise The Bar and Variometer.
Recent high class performers bred by the farm include the record breaking siblings Humidor and Scandal.
The Backworth Stud dispersal sale, which also contains lots from Janet Baker Properties, Spring Valley Stud and Summerhill Stud, will see 96 lots come up for sale, including a number of regally bred and performed mares, two-year-olds, yearlings, weanlings and fillies for stud.
Among the mares/fillies for stud on offer at the dispersal are siblings to such high class performers as champion 2yo Ice Cube, high class Australian galloper Generalife, Merchants winner Super Profit, G2 winner First Again, feature race winner Feel My Love, G2 Peninsula Handicap winner Lion In Winter, G2 winner Trophy Wife, star sprinter Harry’s Echoe and multiple G1 winner Crimson Palace.
Here are just some of the notable mares/fillies for stud on offer at the Backworth Stud Dispersal Sale:
Lot 1 Ballad For Annie – a Rakeen half-sister to champion Ice Cube, in foal to champion Oratorio
Lot 5 Choir Maiden – a stakes placed daughter of top sprinter Choisir (a G1 sire and broodmare sire), she is from the family of classic winner Canterbury Belle, sells in foal to exciting young sire Noble Tune
Lot 6 Cupid’s Daughter – dam of impressive recent winner Cuvara, she is a half-sister to Australian G3 winner Generalife who ran third in the G1 Doomben 10 000, in foal to Oratorio
Lot 7 Dancing Royale – a Danehill Dance ½ sister to G2 winning sprinter Super Profit, she is in foal to triple G1 winner and Equus Champion Capetown Noir
Lot 10 Festive Style – a full sister to G2 winner Cover Look, she is in foal to Indian Ridge’s multiple G1 winning son Linngari
Lot 11 First Again, a top class racemare whose wins included the G2 Ipi Tombe Challenge, she is in foal to G1 sire Toreador
Lot 12 Flutter Bye – a half-sister to G2 winner First Again she is in foal to G2 winner Noble Tune, who shares his sire Unbridled’s Song with world champion Arrogate
Lot 16 Hargraves Bell – by world leading broodmare sire Royal Academy, and a ½ sister to a stakes winner, she is a sister in blood to outstanding broodmare sire Mystic Spring, dam of champions Bela-Bela and Rabiya, sells in foal to champion and G1 sire Querari
Lot 20 Lewinsky’s Lover – dam of record breakers Humidor and G3 filly Scandal, she sells with a service to G1 winner Crusade, champion Capetown Noir or Breeders’ Cup runner up Noble Tune
Lot 25 November Sky – a half-sister to G1 winner August Rush, she is in foal to August Rush’s sire Var
Lot 39 Varlet – a five time winning daughter of top sire Var, she is in foal to G1 winner and sire Querari
Lot 42 Western Bowl – a stakes placed daughter of outstanding sire Gone West, she is a half-sister to a G2 winner from the same family as G1 winner Silver Fling, sells in foal to Linngari
With covering stallions including the likes of Guineas winner Act Of War (Dynasty), G1 Krisflyer Sprint winner Ato (Royal Academy), Equus Champion Capetown Noir (Western Winter), Tapit’s only South African based son Coup De Grace, Smart Call’s sire Ideal World (Kingmambo), proven G1 sire Judpot (A.P. Indy), multiple G1 winner Linngari (Indian Ridge), blue blooded G2 winner Master Of My Fate (Jet Master), Breeders’ Cup runner up Noble Tune (Unbridled’s Song), European champion and proven international sire Oratorio (Danehill), former leading North American sire Philanthropist (Kris S), G1 winner and G1 sire Querari (Oasis Dream), Equus Champion 2YO Soft Falling Rain (National Assembly), proven G1 sire Toreador (Danehill), speed king Var (Forest Wildcat) and Dubawi’s G1 winning son Willow Magic.
There will be pin-hooking opportunities aplenty with the sale offering buyers the opportunity to acquire yearlings and weanlings by some of South Africa’s most popular stallions, with all of Byword, Capetown Noir, Crusade, Flower Alley, Irish Flame, Linngari, Noble Tune, Oratorio, Soft Falling Rain, Visionaire and What A Winter represented in this regard.
Here is just a selection of the quality of yearling/weanling catalogued for the Backworth Stud Dispersal Sale:
Lot 44 – a weanling from the first crop of Equus Champion and triple G1 winner Capetown Noir (by Western Winter), this filly is out of a half-sister to five time stakes winner Miami Blues (by Western Winter)
Lot 45 – this colt by Horse Of The Year Irish Flame is a half-brother to 3 winners, including the record breakers Humidor and Scandal
Lot 47 – this daughter of successful Storm Cat sire Mogok is from the same family as Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Royal Academy and legendary sire Storm Cat himself
Lot 50 – by former leading first crop sire and G1 winner Visionaire, this filly is out of a half-sister to G1 winning sprinter August Rush
Lot 54 – from the first SA crop of proven G1 sire Flower Alley, this colt (inbred to Forty Niner) is from the same family as legendary champion Horse Chestnut
Lot 56 – by Danehill’s champion son Oratorio, this colt is from the spectacular Best In Show family responsible for the great Danehill stallion Redoute’s Choice among many others
Lot 58 – another by triple G1 winning sire Oratorio, this filly is from the same family as one of history’s greatest racemares –Dahlia
Lot 59 – by Indian Ridge’s multiple G1 winning son Linngari, this colt is out of an own sister to US G1 winner Crimson Palace
Lot 60 – from the first crop of globetrotting Equus Champion Soft Falling Rain, this colt is out of a five time winning daughter of Var
Lot 62 - by top class sire Var, this filly is out of a half-sister to champion Ice Cube
Lot 66 – by G1 winning sire Byword, this filly is out of a fast, stakes placed winner of five
Lot 70 – by regally bred G1 winning 2yo Potala Palace this filly is from the same family as current high class 2yo Barrack Street
Lot 72 - by triple Equus Champion and leading first crop sire What A Winter, this filly is from the same family as outstanding broodmare Mystic Spring and 2000 Guineas winner Mystiko
Lot 75 – a colt by hot young sire What A Winter, he is from the same family as champion sires Royal Academy and Storm Cat
Lot 77 – by blue blooded Breeders’ Cup runner up Noble Tune, this colt is out of a stakes placed winner from the family of champion Hammer Belle
Lot 82 – a colt by Noble Tune, who shares his sire with the mighty Arrogate, he is out of a stakes placed half-sister to G1 Paddock Stakes winner Badger’s Gift
The Backworth Stud dispersal sale is not one any serious breeder can afford to miss!