Backworth-bred grey, Luxardo, rocketed back into winning form Monday for trainer Dorrie Sham when stealing victory by the narrowest of margins over 1200m on the Flamingo Park sand track. Hot on the Mogok gelding's heels were the Bill Human-trained duo of Taso The Sailor (Muhtafal) and Il Palio (Windrush).
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.
SOCCER 4 MR 90 DIVIDED HANDICAP
|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|
(Photo : Gold Circle)
Mogok (USA) - Absolut Star (SAF) by Salaadim (USA)
The grey 3-year-old colt, who is a half-brother to the well performed Aquavit, had 5 previous starts comprising 3 fourths and 2 seconds. Congratulation to owners Braam Van Huyssteen and Herman Brown Jnr.
Aquavit is a four-time winner both in South Africa and Mauritius, placing six times.
This dam-line is bursting with Bold-Black Type, including Gr2 SA Oaks winner Seven Stars, Hot Seven, The Seventh Star, Alpha Centauri, ARCSA Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Gold Flier, Gr1 Gold Challenge winner Successful Bidder and Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner Trust Antonia, to name but a few from a most succesful family.
SOCCER 6 MAIDEN PLATE
|1||0.00||LUXARDO||58.0||79||4||* K De Melo||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|2||5.00||HIGHLAND FLING||60.0||61||11||J Jordaan||Mike Pappas|
|3||5.75||RAINIER||58.0||72||9||B Lerena||Michael Roberts|
|4||6.25||BID FOR SPEED||58.0||84||14||A Marcus||Alyson Wright|
|5||7.75||KINGSTON BOY||58.0||0||8||I Sturgeon||Doug Campbell|
|6||8.00||NILE SYMPHONY||58.0||65||3||K Teetan||Paul Gadsby|
|7||8.25||RACONTEUR||58.0||0||2||S Cormack||Dennis Drier|
|8||11.50||SELESAO||58.0||0||12||* D Dillon (2.5)||Dennis Drier|
|9||12.00||LIBERTINE||60.0||0||15||* M Ntuli (4.0)||Colin Scott|
|10||13.75||DETECTIVE CASEY||58.0||0||5||A Forbes||Dennis Drier|
|11||13.80||KLONDIKE CREEK||58.0||0||1||B Jacobson||Glen Kotzen|
|12||15.80||SUIT OF LIGHTS||58.0||63||7||M Odendaal||Mike Bass|
|13||18.55||VELDDRIFTER||60.0||60||6||K Latham||Tony Rivalland|
|14||19.05||DONNINGTON||58.0||70||10||R Danielson||Chris Erasmus|
|15||19.80||MOGOO’S GOLD||58.0||0||13||J Samuel||Dennis Drier|
|16||0.00||ISLAND EMBLEM||58.0||76||15||C Taylor||Adam W Kethro|
SUNCOAST CASINO KZN YEARLING SALE
30 June - 1 July 2011
The KZN Yearling Sale was held at the Suncoast Casino in Durban for the first time, and the new venue attracted a number of compliments from buyers and vendors alike. Whilst the sale had mixed results, few voiced anything but praise for the new venue.
The aggregate of R7.802 million was down slightly on last year’s aggregate of R7.793 million, but it is worth noting that the average price of R45,626 was an increase on last year’s average of R43,568. And while the number of horses not sold (61) was up marginally on last year’s total (59), the sales topper (R310,000) was up considerably on last year’s top priced yearling (R210,000).
The Dubai based VIP Thoroughbreds were the top buyers at the sale. They purchased four yearlings for R500,000, at an average price of R125,000. Their top buy was the Mogok colt, Luxardo (Lot 222) out of Absolut Star, consigned by Backworth Stud, whom they bought for R200,000.
Top vendor at the sale, by aggregate, was Boland Stud, who sold all 12 of their yearlings on sale for a total of R960,000. Top vendor, by average, (3 or more yearlings sold) was Backworth Stud. Backworth sold four of their five yearlings for an average price of R108,750.
The top stallion, by aggregate, was Miesque’s Approval. Currently the country’s second leading first crop sire, Miesque’s Approval had 19 of his 22 yearlings sell for R845,000.
Top sire by average (3 or more sold) was Summerhill Stud’s veteran sire, Muhtafal. The stallion had three yearlings sell for R450,000 - at an average price of R150,000.