Music To Our Ears

Music To Our Ears

Our Australian-bred Elusive Quality mare, Touch Of Nobility, has given birth to a healthy bay colt by Noble Tune at Winterbach Stud in the Western Cape.

Frankel Filly for Backworth-bred Chocolicious

Frankel and ChocoliciousFrankel and Chocolicious / Telegraph - Gold Circle (p)


Backworth-bred daughter of Kahal, Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship victress Chocolicious, has foaled a good leggy chestnut filly by Frankel in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

A mare who attracted plenty of attention at the Goff’s November Sale due to her Southern Hemisphere covering date by Frankel, the 14-time winner who retired to stud with the highest Timeform Rating in history of 147.

The then six-year-old mare was purchased by Oliver St Lawrence in foal to champion Frankel at the Goff’s breeding stock sale in Ireland for €400,000. Chocolicious was one of three offered at the sale in foal to Frankel, bred to Southern Hemisphere time, consigned for Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock by Ballyhane Stud.

Unbeaten superstar Frankel, widely regarded as one of the greatest racehorses in history, currently stands at Banstead Manor in Newmarket, and has a stud fee of GBP 125,000 - or over R2.2 million.

Chocolicious (rated MR 105) won six races from 1000m to 1200m in South Africa, and placed in the UAE 1000 Guineas behind Mahbooba.

Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, she is out of Grade 3 winning daughter of Exclusive Patriot named Candy Box - herself out of an Our Casey’s Boy/Brer Rabbit/Tom Rolfe mare. Candy Box bred three winners from four runners, and descends from the family of Hot Cross Bun and Royal Wish.

We have been advised that 25% of Frankel’s first Northern Hemisphere crop of foals are chestnut and that his Sire Galileo has left plenty of good chestnuts, including dual Derby, and this week’s Juddmonte International winner, Australia.

Top Of The Chocs, a half-brother to Chocolicious by Miesque’s Approval, turned on the speed just over a week ago, over 1000m at Champ de Mars to cement a confident third in the Supertote Trophy for trainer Hughes Maigrot with jockey Gerald Avranche up.

Extracts from KZN Breeders