KZN Yearling Sale

Scenes from the KZN Yearling Sales at Sibaya

Scenes from the KZN Yearling Sales at Sibaya

Photos from the Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale this morning. Ian and Keith with Brian Burnard, the team from Team G Racing, Lot 72 Hale Kapu (Crusade x Forbidden Woods) and Lot 126 Love Theme (Oratorio x Lewinsky's Lover), the half sister to Scottsville 1200m course record holder, Humidor.

Your Ticket to Thrill!

Your Ticket to Thrill!

The Yvette Bremner-trained Thrill Factor continued to live up to her name Friday at Fairview, scorching her competition to win by an emphatic four lengths for owners Messrs Gorgulho and Van Huyssteen with jockey Gift Funeka up.

Step It Up Steams Home for Bill Human

Step It Up Steams Home for Bill Human

Backworth-bred mare, Step It Up (Windrush - Moving On Up) tore up the Flamingo Park sand track Monday to score a decisive 3.75 length win for trainer Bill Human and owners the Steamers Syndicate with jockey Wes Marwing up.

2014 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale

suncoast kzn yearling sale 2014

Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale
Suncoast Casino, Durban, South Africa
3-4 July 2014

The Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale (scheduled to be held this year on 3rd and 4th July) has a rich history of producing outstanding, yet affordable racehorses… its most famous graduate being recent SASCOC Triple Crown winner (only the second horse in history win the series), Louis The King.

Bred by The Alchemy, Louis The King was a R55,000 bargain buy at the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale and has earned over R5 million to date. The Vodacom Durban July hopeful’s sire Black Minnaloushe will be strongly represented on the 2014 KZN Yearling with nine well bred yearlings on offer.

Louis The King is not the only top-class performer to have been offered at this sale however. The likes of Happy Valentine (Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship), Colour of Courage (Gr2 Umkhomazi Stakes), Go Indigo (Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas), Knock On Wood (Gr3 London News Stakes, 2nd Gr1 Champion Challenge) and Seal (Gr1 SA Derby) have all been offered at previous KZN Yearling Sales, and have all proved great bargain buys.

This year’s catalogue looks to have something for everyone. Top sires with yearlings on offer include Captain Al, Fort Wood, Judpot, Kahal, Silvano, Trippi and Var.

Other proven sires represented on sale include Antonius Pius, Ashaawes, Count Dubois, Horse Chestnut, Jay Peg, Mogok, Muhtafal and Windrush.

There are also yearlings on offer by promising young sires including A.P. Answer, Brave Tin Soldier, Elusive Fort, Ideal World, King’s Apostle, Lateral, Mambo In Seattle and Seventh Rock, to name but a few.

The following stakes winning mares also have lots on offer at the KZN Yearling Sale - Carambola (colt by Silvano), Dare to Dream (colt by Miesque’s Approval), Escoleta Fitz (colt by Ideal World), Haute Cuisine (filly by Mogok), Lunar Fields (filly by Slew The Red), Madrisa (filly by Bankable), National Navigator (colt by Bankable), Next Edition (filly by Muhtafal), Passive Resistance (filly by Kahal), Princess Sassi (colt by Brave Tin Soldier), Russian Nature (colt by Ravishing), Scripture (colt by Horse Chestnut), Supper Club (filly by Black Minnaloushe) and Thekkady (colt by Argonaut).

Held at the Suncoast Casino in Durban, the KZN Yearling Sale is not a sale that any serious buyer can afford to miss! For more information on this sale and the catalogue, please contact the TBA office on +27 (11) 323 5700 or visit their website -

Editor’s note : Backworth Stud consigns a quality draft of yearlings to the 2014 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale including the progeny of A.P. Answer, Miesque’s Approval, King’s Chapel, Horse Chestnut and National Emblem.

Colour Of Courage leads KZN Breeders Juvenile Million Log

Colour of Courage HorseBackworth-bred Colour Of Courage
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Greyville, 6 July 2013

The first log for the KZN Breeders Juvenile Million race to be held on Vodacom Durban July day, 6 July 2013, was released to the the media yesterday. The race, for a stake of R1-million, is a fantastic incentive to buy a yearling off the 2013 KZN Yearling Sale.

So far the leaders on the log are graduates of the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale include Grade 2 winners and performers Colour Of Courage (sold for R140,000 - Grade 2 winner bred by Backworth Stud), Virgo’s Babe (unsold - Grade 2 winner bred by Midlands Thoroughbreds), Ace Antonius (sold for R40,000 - Grade 2 placed) and Princess Julietta (R100,000 purchase - Grade 2 placed, bred by Linington & Sons).

This KZN Breeders Juvenile Million is open to two-year-olds who graduated off the 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale - for any horse regardless of where the horse was bred, who passed through the sales ring as long as the breeders agreed to certain terms and conditions.

Below are the log leaders as at 20 May 2013… to see a list of the qualifying horses please click here.

Entries for the KZN Breeders Juvenile Million race open 21st June.

Log as at 20 May 2013

# Horse
1 Colour of Courage
2 Virgo’s Babe
3 Ace Antonius
4 Princess Julietta
5 Happy Valentine
6 Jimmy Choo
7 Sunday Sun
8 Agatha Panther
9 Warbash
10 Belvedere Palace
11 Angie
12 King’s Rose
13 Dream Leader
14 Olympic Goal
15 Striking Alice
16 Tribute to Kylie
  Next Ten
17 Aurum Pot
18 Gem’s a Plenty
19 Atso’s Hill
20 Pippi
21 Final Episode
22 On The Nod
23 You Beauty
24 Caribbean Bay
25 Brass Verdict
26 Tiger Territory

Extract from KZN Breeders


suncoast kzn yearling sale 2012 rss

5 - 6 July 2012

The recent Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale ended on record highs all round with great buyer support in response to increased PR exposure and new Million Rand race incentives amongst numerous fresh innovations.

All these factors contributed to renewed enthusiasm in the Sales Ring and we foresee growth from here moving on! From a Backworth perspective, we sold 7 lots for an average of R102,143. (View a few photos left from the sales courtesy of Candiese Marnewick.)

Suncoast Casino, Durban, South Africa
5-6 July 2012

Backworth Stud Results

Lot # Horse Sire Dam Price (ZAR) Buyer
42 GRANDEUR Judpot (USA) Linda Grandeza (AUS) 50,000 L Cunha
133 SUPREYMA Admire Main (JPN) Top Speaker (SAF) 80,000 North Africa, Deon Visser
137 SPIRADA Surging River (CAN) Tsunami (SAF) 45,000 C Mayhew
170 MAID FOR WAR A.P. Arrow (USA) Battalia (SNL) 160,000 Gavin Cunningham & Tony Rivalland
176 BLACK AGATE Kahal (GB) Blue Lace Agate (SAF) 180,000 Dean Kannemeyer
216 COLOUR OF COURAGE Judpot (USA) Exclusive Honour (SAF) 140,000 Michel Nairac Bloodstock
219 DOWN SIR DOWN Count Dubois (GB) Feather Bed (IRE) 60,000 L Lunn

Below is a roundup of the 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale courtesy of KZN Breeders :

Day two of the Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale saw the exciting momentum continue to increase from day one. The atmosphere was electric in the sales ring and history was made with the highest price ever being paid for a horse that had passed through the KZN Yearling Sale ring - a Trippi colt sold for R1,1 million consigned by Highlands Farms.

A total of 252 horses were catalogued with 189 sold, 15 withdrawn and 11 vendor buy-backs. The aggregate was R13,020,000 compared to last year’s R7,762,000. The average per horse sold was the best it has been since 2008 - finishing on an average of R68,889 compared to last year’s R45,392.

The top sire of the sale was King Of Kings - not surprising after he headed up the National Log for Leading Two-Year-Old Sires earlier this year. He sold 20 lots for an average of R71,000 each. The next top stallion was Mr Robin Scott’s Miesque’s Approval. An exceptional colt was sold, consigned by Scott Brothers for R425,000. Eton Square will be representing his sire in the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville on Saturday. Progeny of Miesque’s Approval averaged R85,667 each.

The top vendor of the sale went to Robin Scott of Scott Bros, selling 16 beautifully turned out lots for an average of R109,063.

The top buyer went to Mr L.J. Erasmus, who bought 11 lots averaging R141,818 each.

The top-priced KZN-bred filly for day 2 was Lot 170 from Backworth Stud, Maid For War (A.P. Arrow - Battalia (SNL) by Barathea), a first produce for her unraced dam. This is the family of Bold Black Type winners Big Stone (top-rated older miler in France in 1994), Billy The Kid, Blue Cloud and Rhythm Of Light, to name but a few.

Keith Russon of Backworth Stud in Eston, which is achieving an incredible 54% runners to winners, said it was wonderful to see a big upswing from previous years. “There were a lot of new people there at that sale, including trainers and buyers who never really participated in the sale previously,” he said afterwards. “It was clear that everyone’s hard work and effort from all the extra advertising with the new races has paid off, and we are on the road to better things. The KZN sale has never sold a horse for a million ever previously and it just shows that if you bring the right horse, you will get the right price. It’s all about bringing the right horse. Backworth had a great sale, we averaged about R100,000 and we are very happy. Everybody made a big effort, and that paid off. I think the challenge now is to bring better horses, two Miesque’s Approvals and the Atsos sold very well, and the Trippi for R1,1 million is just unbelievable - which just shows that the right horse you will get the money.”

The overall top-priced KZN-bred filly remained from Yellow Star Stud, Lot 34 by Silvano, Lady Silvia and was sold for R200,000 while the top-priced KZN-bred colt was a big, impressive individual from the Scott Bros, Lot 126 named Swedish King, a son of Miesque’s Approval out of French mare Eleonora by Fasliyev (USA), in turn out of a Foveros mare. He fetched R425,000 and was released by Greg Ennion Racing. This is Eleonora’s first foal and the dam is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Ingleside, and includes the family of Evening Mist, ARCSA Champion Older Female in 1988 as well as Misty Peak and Maggie Kay.

The top-priced yearling overall was a dark bay son of Trippi named Tiger Territory, out of Fragrant Filly by Model Man. A three-quarter brother to Franny, this family includes Scented Royal, Philipa Johnson and Texan Summer. He sold to Mr L.J. Erasmus for R1.1 million.

An excited Tom Callaghan, CEO of Bloodstock South Africa, said: “Compared to last year, it has been a resounding success. We were almost R5 million up from last year - we reached an average of R68 000 and the median will be a lot higher than last year obviously with the sales topper of R1.1 million which is unreal. Well done to the KZN Breeders and their team - the Triple Million was obviously a huge incentive for buyers and thanks must go to the Cape Breeders for supporting the Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale and sending their yearlings here.”

The KZN Breeders would like to thank the Cape Breeders for making the trip up and sending quality yearlings to support the sale in Durban and we hope to see you back next year, as well as the TBA for their assistance with a very successful sale.


KZN BreedersInnovative new incentives for racehorse owners to support horses bred in KwaZulu-Natal.

KZN BREEDERS 1600 (Listed)
Greyville, Turf, 1600m
1 July 2012

The KZN Breeders Club has announced innovative new incentives for racehorse owners to support horses bred in KwaZulu-Natal.

The KZN Breeders 1600, a historic race run the week before the Vodacom Durban July, will carry a stake of R1million in 2012, up four-fold from 2011. The race will be open to all KZN-bred three and four-year-olds and will be staged at Greyville Racecourse on Sunday 1 July.

A new R1million race for juveniles will be introduced in 2013, run on Vodacom Durban July Day at Greyville over 1300m and will be restricted to graduates of 2012’s Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale to be held in the period between the running of the this year’s KZN Breeders 1600 and Vodacom Durban July.

As a further incentive, the KZN Breeders Club has introduced a bonus of R1million for any horse which, from next year, is able to win the R1million Juvenile race in 2013 as well as the KZN Breeders 1600 in 2014 and 2015.

This means a KZN-bred yearling, bought off the Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale, would be eligible for three races worth R1million (as a two, three and four-year-old) and should he win all of them, an additional bonus of R1million would be awarded.

In summary, the only way to qualify for all three Million Rand races and the Million Rand bonus is to buy a KZN-bred on the Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale.

In this way, owners are given three opportunities to win R1 million (plus the bonus); an incentive which aims to enhance the KwaZulu-Natal breeding industry - a sales concept which has proven itself nationally.

Roughly 250 yearlings will be offered on the Suncoast KZN Yearling auction; a select band of outstanding pedigreed young colts and fillies with a strong focus on exceptional looking Thoroughbreds. Stringent selection criteria will ensure that only the best physical specimens are available, thus protecting the integrity of the sale.

Online bidding will also be offered for those unable to make the sale, while video streaming will also be introduced for the first time to afford international clients an opportunity of seeing exactly what is available.

The KZN Breeders and the TBA will put together a number of exciting events around the KZN Yearling Sales; further developments will be announced in due course.

Visit or email for more information.


Luxardo (Mogok by Absolut Star)Lot 222 LUXARDO (Mogok (USA) - Absolut Star)
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

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.

A full list of results is available at


Princely Reason wins the J.Paul Heain C.M.G CupPrincely Reason (Jallad - Royal Pardon) - The J. Paul Hein C.M.G. Cup
(Photo : The Mauritius Turf Club)

What a week for Backworth-bred racehorses on the tracks
of South Africa and Mauritius.

Blingle Bells won at the Vaal.
Princely Reason won in Mauritius.
Devonella came close 2nd at Clairwood.
Step It Up ran 2nd at Clairwood.
Raise The Bar ran 4th at Greyville.
Plush ran 3rd at Greyville… running 300m less due to light failure!!

“With a week’s race results like that, on our small number
of horses running, we are worth backing at the
Suncoast Casino KZN Yearling Sale.”


Backworth Stud draft for the 2011 KZN Yearling Sale


Don’t miss our five stars
at this year’s KZN Yearling Sale.


(Atso (USA) / Celectial Charm) Family of Roland’s Song, Thanks John and Possible Dream.
LOT 12
(Miesque’s Approval (USA) / Collection Prive) Family of Right Prerogative, London Fog and Big Charles.
LOT 28
(Miesque’s Approval (USA) / Deer Dancer) Family of Devine Isadora, Chetak Express, Dancing By
and Jungle Mahals.
LOT 92
(Muhtafal (USA) / Lady Electric (AUS)) Half sister to Variometer, 2 wins inc. Ruffian Stakes (Listed)
from 3 starts.
LOT 222
(Mogok (USA) / Absolut Star) Half brother to Aquavit, 5 wins and family of Hot Seven,
Pedlar and Gold Flier.

30 June - 1 July 2011



pregnant backworth broodmare

South African Horseracing Season 2009-2010

In wrapping up our “Horse Year” ending July 2010, we realise we have much to be grateful for, and much to be proud of :

This ‘horse business’ is not an easy one - it is an art, driven by passion, to fuel that quest to produce that perfect athlete. Our ‘Winter’s Tale’ Gallery reflects the suspense of what these ‘laden’ mares are carrying, as we all await the joy of spring, and new beginnings in the lives of the foals dropping at Backworth this season!

To those of you who supported us - Thank You!

To those of you racing a Backworth Bred – Good Luck!

To all of you - we look forward to meeting at the Sales of 2011!

Top Vendor! Top 2 Prices! Highest Average!

kzn yearling sale 2010 top lot miss kitty by black minnaloushe out of miss unimacLot 161 MISS KITTY (Black Minnaloushe - Miss Unimac)KZN YEARLING SALE 2010

Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud would like to thank all those who showed interest in our Yearlings at the KZN Yearling Sale in June, and contributed to the success of the Sale.

Much interest was shown in the fillies, ‘Miss Kitty’ (Black Minnaloushe - Miss Unimac), ‘Step It Up’ (Windrush - Moving On Up), ‘Discography’ (Cataloochee - Deer Dancer) and ‘Variometer’ (Var - Lady Electric), which was reflected in the top prices.

Here’s wishing all you Owners many hours of “Racing Fun and Success!”


KZN Yearling Sale 2010
Top 10 Lots

Lot Horse Sex Sire Dam Vendor Price (ZAR)
161 MISS KITTY F Black Minnaloushe Miss Unimac Backworth Stud 220,000
164 STEP IT UP F Windrush Moving On Up Backworth Stud 220,000
152 MALAGA-BELLE F Silvano Malaguena Nutfield Stud 150,000
173 GOLDEN LORD C Overlord Nip Of Gold Roski Stud 150,000
209 GULF KING C Lecture Royal Drummer Ascot Stud 150,000
141 VARIOMETER F Var Lady Electric Backworth Stud 140,000
219 SPONDULICS C Silvano Secret To Success Maine Chance Farms 130,000
55 DISCOGRAPHY F Cataloochee Deer Dancer Backworth Stud 110,000
250 VOUVRAY F Black Minnaloushe Vino Rosa Maine Chance Farms 110,000
137 CASA NOSTRA F Strike Smartly Kentucky Home Yellow Star Stud 105,000


kzn yearling sale 2010

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
4 June 2010


Backworth is excited to bring an interesting selection of Yearlings to the KZN Yearling Sale; sired by Muhtafal, Cataloochee, and the exciting new KZN Stallion Miesque’s Approval – Champion Turf Horse in the USA. Cape stallions include Right Approach, Wind Rush, Black Minnaloushe and Var.

We welcome you to our hospitality room and the opportunity of viewing our Yearlings! See you shortly!