Luxardo an Absolut Star

Luxardo an Absolut Star

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).

Island Fiesta and Luxardo in a 'Nailbiter'

Island Fiesta wins at Scottsville Racecourse Island Fiesta - Wendy Whitehead and Owners

Island Fiesta (SAF)
(Photos : Gold Circle)

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.

Island Fiesta is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale.

Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
12 January 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
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


Luxardo Horse

Luxardo (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Mogok (USA) - Absolut Star (SAF) by Salaadim (USA) 

LUXARDO (Mogok - Absolut Star) stormed to a convincing 5 length win over 1000m at Scottsville Saturday, under a confident ride from jockey Keagan de Melo for trainers Herman Brown and Frank Robinson.

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.

Luxardo is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2011 Suncoast Casino KZN Yearling Sale.

We also had a 2nd at Borrowdale with DIAMANTAIRE (Var / Jewel of Hanui), for trainer Alyson Wright, in the Gweru Tote Merit Rated 62 Handicap over 1100m, jockey Francois Herholdt up.

Scottsville, Turf, 1000m
23 September 2012

Win Time : 58.67

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
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

Late Scratching    

16 0.00 ISLAND EMBLEM 58.0 76 15 C Taylor Adam W Kethro

Extracts from KZN Breeders


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


chic happens horse

Mogok (USA) - Miss Unimac (AUS) by Bellotto (USA)

Chic Happens is now a 2 time winner, after winning Race 9 over 1400m at Greyville on Friday evening, 16 April 2010.

Chic Happens is a half sister to bay filly LOT 359 MISS KITTY, on offer at the 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

R60,000 UK Soccer 6 MR 72 Handicap
For Fillies and Mares
Greyville, 1400m, Night, Turf

Owners : Messrs Colin Scott and RT Scott

Position LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 CHIC HAPPENS 58.5 69 4 M Yeni Colin Scott
2 0.10 SALISHAN 53.0 58 1 *J Jordaan Dylan Cunha
3 0.35 LUCY BROWN 54.5 61 6 L Africa Ivan Moore
4 1.60 MADAM COUNCELLOR 61.0 74 3 A Forbes Dennis Drier
5 3.60 PICK OF THE BUNCH 59.5 71 9 B Fayd’Herbe Alyson Wright
6 3.70 EMPRESS OF ASIA (AUS) 60.0 77 5 *O Sola Duncan Howells
7 3.80 FIRST ‘N FAST (AUS) 56.0 64 11 *R Curling Duncan Howells
8 7.30 CLEMATIS 57.5 67 7 D Daniels Glen Kotzen
9 8.05 LAMORNA 58.5 74 2 S Randolph Michael Roberts
10 9.05 JOYFUL DREAMER 60.5 78 10 *A Mgudlwa Pat Lunn
11 9.55 THE LUCKY CAT 58.0 68 8 A Delpech Kumaran Naidoo