National Yearling Sale

National Yearling Sales Judges Come to Eston!

National Yearling Sales Judges Come to Eston!

With the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale now just around the corner (22-24 April 2015), Bloodstock South Africa have dispatched ‘eagle eyed’ yearling inspectors to farms across South Africa in search of the cream of the Nation’s yearling crop.

Backworth Sells First Seven Figure Yearling of NYS 2014

national yearling sale 2014 - keith russon ian todd with lot 5 alloy by silvanoKeith Russon and Ian Todd with Lot 5 Alloy (Silvano - Refined Gold) at NYS 2014 / Backworth Stud (p)

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
27 - 28 April 2014

There was great excitement for the Backworth Stud team at the opening session of the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale this afternoon.

The first seven figure lot sold at NYS 2014 came just five lots into proceedings when lot 5 Alloy, the Backworth-bred son of champion sire Silvano out of Refined Gold, was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for an even R1 million.

The bay colt is out of a winning daughter of Rich Man’s Gold (broodmare sire of SASCOC Triple Crown victor Louis The King).

Named Alloy, the R1 million colt is from the same family as previous Triple Crown winner, and promising sire, Horse Chestnut, as well as champion Monyela and this season’s smart 3-year-old filly, Close The Gap.

Congratulations to Form Bloodstock who have purchased a quality colt with a world-class pedigree!

The Team behind our National Yearling Sales Draft!

backworth stud team behind national yearling sale draft(l to r) Owners Keith Russon and Ian Todd, Farm Manager Dillyn Brijlal, Stud Vet Dr Carla Langley and Scotties Rupert and Xavier Todd Russon

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.

Lot 5 ALLOY (Silvano (GER) - Refined Gold)
Lot 186 JOLLERIE (Judpot (USA) - Angel Bells)
Lot 192 ICE RUN (Western Winter (USA) - Blue Lace Agate)
Lot 406 SCANDAL (Muhtafal (USA) - Lewinsky’s Lover)

We look forward to seeing you at the sales!

Keith and Ian

Thank You!

Backworth Stud

To our buyers and bidders, the underbidders and the brave hearted, and those who traipsed the TBA Sale Grounds in pursuit of their racy thoroughbred - ‘Thank You’ for your participation and support!

At Backworth we continually strive to raise the profile of our stock, our Stud and our relationships, and we hope that our 2011 Vintage offered at this year’s National Sale, proves that we were worth backing!

The week ended well with our sales average up, our turnover up, and with great performances from our 2010 Vintage purchased at the 2012 KZN Yearling Sales, we give thanks and toast ‘Colour of Courage’s (Judpot / Exclusive Honour) victory in the Grade 2 Umkhomazi Stakes for trainer Mike Miller, and to ‘Dazzle’ (Muhtafal / Lady Electric) breaking her maiden in emphatic style for trainer Glen Kotzen.

We look forward to meeting again - on the track, in the auction ring, and through continuing industry interaction.

Thank You!

Keith and Ian

Keith Russon discusses Backworth Stud's NYS Draft

keith russon nys 2013 rss

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
26 - 28 April 2013

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Look who's admiring Aquinata...

The 'R Heat Lightning' National Yearling Sales Connection

National Yearling Sale Lot 113 - Spangle - Trippi - Refined GoldLot 113 SPANGLE (Trippi - Refined Gold)
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
26 - 28 April 2013

Lot 113, a bay yearling SPANGLE, by Trippi out of Refined Gold by Rich Man’s Gold has attracted the attention of buyers ahead of the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. Keith Russon of Backworth Stud says he has fielded calls from across the country with buyers interested in the eye-catching filly.

Her dam, Refined Gold was a winner over 1400m and has to date produced a winner from her first foal - White Tiger. She comes from an exceptional dam-line, fourth dam is London Wall - famous for producing one of the best racehorses to come from South Africa who returned recently from the USA to stand in South Africa - Horse Chestnut - and this family’s descendants include plenty of Bold Black Type, almost too many to mention - but the likes of Cape Badger, Monyela, West Wall, Iron Curtain, and the second dam’s full-sister Sport’s Chestnut are all present.

An exceptional pedigree in the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale catalogue - what makes this pedigree stand out from the rest?

The secret lies with broodmare sire Rich Man’s Gold - himself by Forty Niner - and in turn sire Trippi’s paternal grandfather.

This is the exact same ‘nick’ as one of America’s top race fillies of her time - and the best horse (and daughter) Trippi has produced to date - a bay filly named R Heat Lightning.

Winner of the Gr 1 Spinaway Stakes as a two year old, R Heat Lightning is out of a Gold Fever (Forty Niner) mare named Yellow Heat. Bred in Florida and trained by Todd Pletcher, she placed second to Awesome Feather in the Gr 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies and Gr 1 Frizette over a mile (1600m), and as a three-year-old went on to add the Gr 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks in dominating fashion, winning by a scorching eight and a quarter lengths.

She also added Gr 2 Davona Dale Stakes to her list of victories - again by a margin of seven and a quarter lengths. She also placed in the Gr 2 Forward Gal Stakes. A favourite for the Gr 1 Kentucky Oaks, she was withdrawn from the race after heat was detected in her knee.

From eight starts R Heat Lightning had four wins and three places, earning almost US$1million in stakes. She was covered by Medaglia D’Oro in 2012.

The Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale takes place between 26 and 28 April at Germiston in Johannesburg and Backworth Stud can be found in ‘G’ stable block.

Click here to view Lot 113 SPANGLE (Trippi / Refined Gold)

Extract from KZN Breeders

Backworth Draft for 2013 National Yearling Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
26 - 28 April 2013

Lot 26
Muhtafal /
Miss Unimac
Half brother to PRIVATE COLLECTION 5 wins, MACFIRE 5 wins, MACMUFTI 6 wins and VARLET 5 wins. Family of LOTKAS STAR (AUS) joint 3rd Top Rated 3-Year-Old Female Miler in Australia, 5 wins including Storm Queen Stakes Gr2, CABOTEUR: 13 wins, and WIND JAMMER: 9 wins, including Administrative Trophy Gr3. Dam MISS UNIMAC half sister to MARIONIQUE (AUS), Dam of LADY MARION: 8 wins, including Marsh Classic Stakes Gr2, Tristarc Stakes Gr2, WH Stocks Stakes Gr3, dam of LARGO LAD (AUS) 6 wins.
Lot 108
Miesque’s Approval /
Ramp Model
Family of STUDIO STAR 6 wins, own sister to CLASSIQUE STORY 4 wins, half sister to RIPLING STAR Dam of RIPLING RING. SIGNOR AMIGO 10 wins, including Cape Flying Championship Gr1 (twice), Gilbey’s Stakes Gr1, Natal Mercury Sprint Gr1 (twice), Rupert Ellis Brown Plate Gr3 and HAMMER BELLE ARCSA Champion 2-year-old Filly : 4 wins including Allan Robertson Fillies Championship Gr1, Spring Fillies Stakes (L).
Lot 113

Trippi /
Refined Gold

Half sister to WHITE TIGER, winner and placed twice from only 6 starts. Family of SPORTS CHESTNUT: 4 wins, including Cape Fillies Guineas Gr1, Tibouchina Stakes Gr3. LONDON WALL, Equus Champion Broodmare, Dam of HORSE CHESTNUT: Equus Horse of the Year, Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Champion Male Stayer, 8 wins, including SA Derby Gr1, The Classic Gr1, J&B Met Gr1, Cape Guineas Gr1, the Dingaans Gr2, Broward Handicap Gr3. Sire. MONYELA: Equus Champion Older Female Stayer, 5 wins, including SA Oaks Gr2 and Gold Circle Oaks Gr2.
Lot 228

Silvano /

Grandam own sister to SATELLITE BAY (AUS) 7 wins, KISS A HALO (AUS) (dam of UNDOUBTEDLY (AUS) winner inclusing Blue Diamond Stakes Gr1, Queen Adelaide Stakes (L), REGAL KISS (AUS) 6 wins including Reisling Slipper Trial Stakes Gr2, Irwin Stakes Gr3, Dequetteville Stakes (L), Balcrest Stakes (L), and TOORAK THUNDER (AUS): 3 wins including Blue Diamond Preview Gr3, Fulhma Park Plate (L). Half sister to RUNAWAY KNIGHT (AUS) 13 wins.
Lot 294
Western Winter /
Auburn Annio
Dam AUBURN ANNIO daughter of SOUTHERN SPRING (ARG), Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Argentina; Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Argentina; Champion Older Mare Argentina; 5 wins including Polla de Potrancas - One Thousand Guineas Gr1, Carrera de las Estrellas Gr1, Premio Jorge de Atucha, Gr1 Premio Carlos Casares Gr2, 2nd Premio Saturnino J. Unze Gr1. Own sister to SUN SPRING (ARG): 4 wins including Carrera de las Estrellas Gr1. Half sister to GOLD SPRING (ARG): 14 wins including Premio Carrera de las Estrellas Gr1, GP Maipu, Gr1 and Premio de las Estellas Productos Gr1.
Lot 424
Miesque’s Approval /
Going Places
Half brother of FIRST AGAIN highest merit rated filly of her generation (106). 8 wins and placed 14 times from 27 starts, including Ipi Tombe Stakes Gr2, 13 places including 4th Garden Province Stakes Gr1, 4th The Flamboyant Stakes (L) (twice). 
Family of FIRST MOVEMENT 6 wins 2nd Zimbabwe Oaks Gr3, Gallantry Fillies Classic (L), 3&4 Year-Old Championship Stakes (L), Breeders Champion Fillies Stakes (L), 3rd Flame Lily Sprint (L). Dam of GOLD MERCHANT KZN Champion Sprinter 5 wins including Natal Post Merchants Handicap Gr2, 3rd Byerley Turk Plate Gr3. DING DONG: 10 wins, including Metropolitan Handicap Gr1, Chairmans Handicap Gr3, Syd Garrett Handicap (L), Sire.
Lot 518
Miesque’s Approval /
Lewinsky’s Lover
Dam LEWINSKY’S LOVER daughter of VOTE CATCHER, half sister to SECRET PACT (dam of SECRET HEART, PROMISEFROMMYHEART: Equus Champion 3-Year-Old Classic Female, 6 wins, Triple Tiara Gr1, SA Fillies Guineas Gr1, Thekweni Fillies Stakes Gr2, COVENANT: 7 wins, including Majorca Stakes (WFA) Gr1, Sceptre Stakes (WFA) Gr2 (twice), grandam of PLUCK (USA): 3 wins, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes Gr2, Summer Stakes Gr3), UNDERGROUND LADY (dam of LADY BROMPTON: 7 wins, Spring Challenge Gr1, Empress Club Stakes Gr2, Jacaranda Handicap Gr3, grandam of KINGS GAMBIT: JT Equus Champion Stayer, 7 wins in South Africa and Great Britain, SA Derby Gr1, SA Classic Gr1, Gordon Richards Stakes Gr3), BLUE SHADE, LONDON NEWS: ARCSA Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and JT Horse of the Year in 1995, Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male in 1996, 11 wins in South Africa and Hong Kong, The ‘Classic’, Gr1 Daily News 2000, Gr1 Rothmans July Handicap Gr1: Sire.
Lot 523

Kahal /
Linda Grandeza

Family of WELL DECORATED (USA) 6 wins including Arlington-Washington Futurity Gr1, Saratoga Special Stakes Gr2, Bahamas Handicap Gr3, Sport Page Handicap (L). Multiple Group placed and Sire. VICTORIOUS (USA) 3 wins including Saratoga Special Stakes Gr2, Juvenille Stakes Gr3, Flash Stakes (L). Multiple Group placed and Sire.


2013 National Yearling Sale Inspection

2013 national yearling sale inspection rss

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
26 & 28 April 2013

Backworth Stud enjoyed John Kramer and Kerry Jack’s visit to inspect our yearlings nominated for the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, and are pleased to share that despite bad weather, our ‘nominated yearlings’ were well received. The horses did themselves proud averaging a score of 8.5 with a few 9 toppers.

There is a good stallion mix in the draft, with Western Winter, Silvano, Trippi, Kahal, Muhtafal and Miesque’s Approval stamping their mark.

There are always a few that take one’s eye, and in particular is the big rangey grey Silvano filly ‘Aquinata’ out of Tsunami who really has a commanding presence. The Western Winter filly ‘Cold Fact’ is a strong workmanlike specimen, whilst the Miesque’s Approval colt ‘Humidor’ out of Lewinsky’s Lover is very impressive showing plenty quality.

We are some months off the sales, and preparation is just beginning, so we look forward to sharing their development over the next few months.


Click above to view comprehensive results and statistics from the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale…

TBA Sales Complex, South Africa
27 - 29 April 2012

BLOODSTOCK SOUTH AFRICA - The 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale ended Sunday on a realistic, but positive note.

The overall average price of R240,441 fell slightly from last year’s average of R250,511, and the gross total dropped from R93,190,000 to R81,750,000.

However, the figures this year are a far more accurate reflection of the market’s state of being, with the new vendor buy back scheme coming into play this year. Previous years, overall figures hid these same buy backs, and grossly exaggerated the market.

The top priced lot emerged towards the end of the two day sale. A Jet Master colt, consigned by Drakenstein Stud, sold for R1.7 million. An own brother to Grade 1 winner Stratos, the colt named Stratocruiser, was consigned by Klipdrif Stud (as Agent). He was purchased by Glen Kotzen.

Top priced filly on sale was lot 235, a daughter of Black Minnaloushe. Consigned by Varsfontein Stud (as Agent), the filly is a half-sister to two Oaks winners, Arcola and Princess of Light. She was bought, for R800,000, by D Chinsammy.

Leading vendor at the sale, by aggregate, was Klipdrif Stud (Agent). They sold 17 yearlings for a total of R7,425 million.

Leading vendors by average, five or more sold, were Drakenstein Stud. The farm sold 11 yearlings for an average price of R440,909.

Form Bloodstock were the sale’s leading buyers, by gross aggregate. They purchased 27 horses for a total of R10,890,000, ahead of Park Bloodstock, Mike Bass Racing and D Chinsammy.

Trippi, who has made such a wonderful start to his stud career in South Africa, led the sires list, by aggregate. His 20 lots to sell grossed R10,495,000. Jet Master was second best, ahead of Captain Al, Black Minnaloushe and Silvano.

However, Jet Master led the sires list by averages. The late, great sire sold 15 yearlings for an average of R529,667.

TBA CEO Jan Naude expressed satisfaction with the sale’s overall performance, saying, “I am happy that the average price remained very similar to that of last year, especially when taking into account the state of the market. I also firmly believe this year’s figures are a more accurate reflection, due to the new vendor buy back concept.”

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herman brown snr and jnr rss

Backworth welcomed the visit of South African turf legends Herman Brown Snr and Herman Brown Jnr, accompanied by Herman’s wife Natasha, to inspect our draft of yearlings for the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. They’re seen here viewing Lot 90 ‘Too Much Fun’!


Read more and view the photos of Herman Brown Snr and Natasha and Herman Brown Jnr…


National Yearling Sale 2012

We’re giving you a Golden Opportunity
to own some Solid Gold Talent.

The results speak for themselves. Larger competitors might choke on these stats, but there’s no denying that although we’re small, when we play with the big boys, you get value for your money.



“We are worth Backing”

LOT 90
Admire Main (JPN)
Merriment (SAF)
Half sister to SUPERWOOD, family of SOHO SECRET ARCSA Champion Broodmare, KINGS GAMBIT Equus Champion Stayer, LONDON NEWS Multiple Champion and PROMISE FROM MY HEART Equus 3YO Classic Female.
LOT 106
Muhtafal (USA)
Moving On Up (SAF)
Half brother to Raise The Bar 6 wins inlcluding Nkosazana Stakes (Listed), and Step It Up 1 win, 4 places from 8 starts. Granddaughter of ETERNAL DANCER 12 wins. Family of CHATTARONGA 6 wins.
LOT 166
Kahal (GB)
Ramp Model (SAF)
Family of STUDIO STAR 6 wins, CLASSIQUE STORY 4 wins, SIGNOR AMIGO 10 wins, multiple Gr1 wins and
HAMMER BELLE ARCSA Champion 2-year-old Filly.
LOT 199
Silvano (GER)
September Bells (SAF)
Half sister to BLINGLE BELLS 4 wins including 2nd, 3rd Banyana Handicap (Listed), and BRASSY BRITCHES 5 wins. Family of ENCHANTED GARDEN ARCSA Horse of the Year and Champion 3-year-old Filly, DOG WOOD Equus Champion 3-year-old Filly.
LOT 351
Windrush (USA)
Auburn Annio (USA)
AUBURN ANNIO - Daughter of SOUTHERN SPRING Champion 2-year-old, 3-year-old and Champion Older Mare in Argentina.
LOT 362
Kahal (GB)
Blue Lace Agate (SAF)
Family of WILD ASTER 6 wins, DAMASCUS ROAD 8 wins, ALASTOR 10 wins, incl J&B Met Gr1
and NATIONAL FLAME 11 wins.
LOT 390
Kahal (GB)
Collection Prive (SAF)
Family of RIGHT PREROGATIVE ARCSA Champion 3-year-old colt 5 wins, incl July Handicap, LONDON FOG Spey Bridge Champion Older Horse 10 wins, BIG CHARLES 10 wins incl July Handicap.
LOT 434
Count Dubois (GB)
Feather Bed (IRE)
Own sister to FRENCHPARK (GB) Gr1 winner, SAYEH (IRE), half sister to PEARLY SHELLS (GB)
3rd Top Rated Filly in Europe in 2002.

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
27 - 29 April 2012



Alistair and Jeannet Gordon, Mark and Nicola Coppez, Neil and Sue Todd

Alistair and Jeannet Gordon, Mark and Nicola Coppez, Neil and Sue Todd with Keith Russon, Ian Todd and Scottie Dogs

Backworth welcomed the visit yesterday of Alistair and Jeannet Gordon, Mark and Nicola Coppez and Neil and Sue Todd to view our draft of yearlings for the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.



Alyson and Kevin Wright, John Jones with Too Much Fun

NYS Lot 90 Too Much Fun (SAF) (Admire Main (JPN) - Merriment (SAF))

Backworth welcomed the visit of Summerveld-based training duo, Alyson and Kevin Wright, to inspect our draft of yearlings for the forthcoming Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. They’re seen above with patron John Jones, inspecting Lot 90 Too Much Fun (SAF) (Admire Main (JPN) - Merriment (SAF)).