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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.

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

Ready To Run Sale 2013... take note of Lady Matic!

ready to run sale 2013 lady matic rss

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park
1/3 November 2013

When Bloodstock South Africa announced the world-class catalogue late September for the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, kicking off Friday at the TBA’s Germiston Sales Complex, we must admit to the Backworth Team secretly rooting for a special filly very  close to our own hearts… lot number 207 consigned by Balmoral Stud.

There’s a story behind Lady Matic, the imposing Backworth-bred bay filly by Muhtafal out of our Australian mare, Miss Unimac. She was consigned by Backworth to the 2013 National Yearling Sales where she was spotted, selected, and quickly snapped up, by KZN-Midlands-based Balmoral Stud with the aim of nurturing her further in preparation for the Ready To Run Sale which carries the world’s richest Ready To Run Sales race, limited to graduates of the sale, the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup. With an expected 2014 stake in the region of R3.5million, making ‘The Cup’ one of the biggest prizes in the country, thes odds for a true, quality candidate are irresistible.

Lady Matic is a half sister to PRIVATE COLLECTION (5 wins), MACFIRE (5 wins), MACMUFTI (6 wins), CHIC HAPPENS (3 wins) and VARLET (5 wins). She is from the family of LOTKAS STAR (AUS), the joint 3rd Top Rated 3-Year-Old Female Miler in Australia with 5 wins including Grade 2 Storm Queen Stakes, CABOTEUR (13 wins) and WIND JAMMER (9 wins including Grace 3 Administrative Trophy). her dam, MISS UNIMAC, is a half sister to MARIONIQUE (AUS), dam of LADY MARION (8 wins including the Grade 2 Marsh Classic Stakes, the Grade 2 Tristarc Stakes, the Grade 3 WH Stocks Stakes) and LARGO LAD (AUS) (6 wins).

So if you’re attending the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, be sure to take note of lot 207, Lady Matic.

LADY MATIC Muhtafal (USA) Mr Prospector (USA) Raise A Native (USA)
Gold Digger (USA)
Polite Lady (USA) Venetian Jester (USA)
Friendly Ways (USA)
Miss Unimac (AUS) Bellotto (USA) Mr Prospector (USA)
Shelf Talker (USA)
Lotkas Star (AUS) Luskin Star (AUS)
Lotka (GB)

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Tremendous Treble for Backworth

Too Much Fun HorseToo Much Fun (Admire Main - Merriment)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Below is an article published yesterday on the Bloodstock South Africa website following Backworth’s ‘tremendous treble’ on the weekend with the Duncan McKenzie-trained Spectacularus, the Gavin van Zyl-trained Too Much Fun and the Frank Robinson-trained Go Again!

“The Backworth Stud has enjoyed a cracking start to the 2013-2014 season. The farm who have been loyal and stalwart Bloodstock South Africa supporters over the years, enjoyed a fine treble over the weekend.

The first leg of the Backworth hatrick kicked off when Spectacularus broke her maiden in fine fashion on Friday. A daughter of former Eclipse Champion Miesque’s Approval, Spectacularus was a cheap R25,000 buy at the 2011 Suncoast Casino KZN Yearling Sale. Well done to owners Backworth Stud, and Messrs Levy and Rivalland - this filly has already earned back her purchase price!

Second of the Backworth winners to score over the weekend was the Admire Main-sired filly, Too Much Fun. The Winston Chow owned filly showed her appreciation for a step up in trip by saluting impressively over 1600m, and she is another who should win her share of races.

Too Much Fun (whose dam Merriment is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Superwood) was a R140,000 buy at the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. She is a filly with a lovely pedigree (Too Much Fun is from the great Soho Secret family), and hopefully she can go from strength to strength.

Go Again completed the hatrick for Backworth with a brave victory at Clairwood Park on Sunday. The Frank Robinson-trained gelding (who is a full brother to smart, Grade 2 winning filly First Again) narrowly prevailed in a thrilling finish to win by the shortest of short heads for his connections. The son of Muhtafal was a R600,000 buy for owner Mr Bifov at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

Bloodstock South Africa would like to congratulate Backworth’s Keith Russon and Ian Todd for this fine achievement.

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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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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.


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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Tom Callaghan inspects Black Agate

Tom Callaghan inspects Lot 362 Black Agate (SAF) (Kahal (GB) - Blue Lace Agate (SAF))

“Backworth welcomed the stud visit of Bloodstock South Africa’s newly appointed
Sales Director, Tom Callaghan
, and we are looking forward to a successful
2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.”



National Yearling Sale Inspection at Backworth Stud John Kramer, Alan Roux, Keith Russon and Johan Alberts

(Left) Inspecting in the Mist
(Right) John Kramer, Alan Roux, Keith Russon and Johan Alberts

15 - 17 April 2011

This past week John Kramer and Alan Roux, representing the Bloodstock South Africa inspection panel, visited us at Backworth as part of their country-wide inspection tour for inclusions in the 2011 National Yearling Sales draft.