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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.

Talking Turf with Sarah Whitelaw

Talking Turf with Sarah Whitelaw

We welcomed esteemed journalist and writer of the turf, Sarah Whitelaw, to Backworth Stud last week.

Truly Blessed with Fantastic Foals!

Keith Russon, Hendrik Winterbach Snr and Hendrik Winterbach SnrKeith Russon, Hendrik Winterbach Snr and Hendrik Winterbach Snr / Ian Todd (p)

“We have been ‘Truly Blessed’ with our foals this season.”

We travelled down to the Cape last week to visit a few of our mares boarding at Winterbach Stud… as well as to see four new foals!

The mares and foals are looking fantastic and we are so appreciative to Hendrik Winterbach Snr & Jnr for the professional care and interest both have for our visiting contingent. It is a risky business travelling one’s mares away for the season, and the Winterbachs continue to do an excellent job for us!

Of the 16 mares sent to Winterbach, we have already had quite a few tested in foal and are awaiting results on a few others that have been covered.

As Hendrik Snr said, “We have been ‘Truly Blessed’ with our foals this season”, and our feeling is that this is the best crop Backworth has ever had, both physically and speciman-wise… and we are extremeley excited!

Here are four new arrivals; a strapping Byword colt out of Dancing Royale, a handsome Byword colt out of Cupid’s Daughter, a leggy Kahal colt out of Gilt Edge and an elegant Crusade filly out of Forbidden Woods.

Call of the Grand Crusade

crusade linda grandeza colt foalLinda Grandeza with her colt foal by Crusade / Ian Todd (p)

CRUSADE (USA) - LINDA GRANDEZA (AUS)

Look at this handsome fellow! By Crusade, winner of Europe’s top race for Two-Year-Olds, the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes, out of our Australian mare Linda Grandeza by Grand Lodge (USA), winner of the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes and Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes and officially rated the best European Two-Year-Old in 1993.

And so the breeding season begins!

Thoroughbred Breeding SeasonBreeding Season Begins
(Photo : Ian Todd)

“Backworth has 46 mares being covered this season”

Backworth Stud got off to a good start to the season yesterday with 2 mares being covered in KwaZulu-Natal and 3 in the Cape, and more bookings for today.

It’s an exciting year for Backworth ahead, and with a confident belief that the Thoroughbred and Racing industry is moving forward, we have taken a calculated and strategic approach to an upgrade in the Broodmare band over the past year. With an aggressive investment in stallion shares, and bookings to a profiled selection of proven and exciting new Stallion prospects, Backworth has 46 mares being covered this season.

From the KwaZulu-Natal selection we are obviously supporting champion sire Kahal, stalwart Mogok, A.P. Answer and Torreador… and then new to the barn, Irish Flame, Byword, Crusade and Await The Dawn. We’re also supporting promising sire King’s Chapel, where his yearlings on the ground look very racy.

We have sent 14 mares down to the Western Cape, to board at Winterbach Stud, and they’ll be visiting super-sire Var, Champion Freshman sire Judpot, Gimmethegreenlight, new boy What A Winter, and exciting new prospect in South Africa, Oratorio!

‘Best Wishes’ to all fellow breeders for a magnificent season ahead!

Keith and Ian