Well covered, good boned and very alert!

Var Devonella Colt FoalColt foal by Var out of Devonella
(Photo : Ian Todd)

Var (USA) - Devonella (SAF)

We were gifted last week with this really beautiful Var colt out of our Kahal mare, Devonella. This is Devonella’s first foal, but he’s very well covered, good boned, and very alert!

Looking on are Robert, Stud manager Johan Alberts and Bella Scotty!


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“We really are celebrating an early Thanksgiving this year!”

We looked at the Sporting Post statistics for the 2011-2012 season, and have to say how proud we are. From just 37 runners, Backworth Stud ended up in 30th place on the National Log with R2,272,386 earnings, and from there 1st position in Places to Runners of 38%, 2nd position Winners to Runners of 54%, and 8th position with and AEPR of R61,416.

But on closer analysis, one acknowledges there is much more to give thanks for! And that is to all the players in this incredible game - it is a privilege to be a part of it.

We start by celebrating the horse, this amazing animal that leaves us in daily wonder. So, in acknowledging performance, we need to congratulate trainers, where Paul Matchett’s ‘Raise The Bar’ (Gold Keeper / Moving On Up) was our biggest contributing earner, closely contested by Herman Brown trained ‘Chocolicious’ (Kahal/Candy Box), Louis Goosen’s ‘Variometer’ (Var/Lady Electric), Lucky Houdalakis’ ‘Glitter Star’ (Muhtafal/Celestial Charm), Brian Wiid’s Varlet (Var/Miss Unimac ) and Ivan Moore’s ‘Devonella’ (Kahal/Devon-Sent) to name a few.

There were the jockeys who were a part in achieving this great Win and Place statistic, and Anton Marcus rode his 200th victory on Backworth-bred Glitter Star, helping him achieve top Jockey position with 205 wins.

But life isn’t just about performance! It’s about knowing the rules, and playing the game fairly, it’s about integrity, it’s about trust, it’s about embracing your fellows, and respecting everyone’s right to earn an honest living. It is also about support - and for that we are certainly fortunate. We’ve witnessed a growing loyalty from owners, trainers, pre-trainers, vets and interest groups, who see the value in a Backworth-bred. We appreciate the dedication, concern and professionalism of our Stud vet and farrier. We enjoy the sporting challenge from our fellow breeders, the cooperation of the stallion owners, the insurers, the transporters, the feed company, the advertising agency, the bank, the racing companies, auction houses, Tellytrack, and all the partnerships that bring this business together. We are forever grateful for the underbidders at sales, the competition on the race track, and the thrill and stress of the auctions. It is all the amazing new people we continually meet, and who share (or respect) this obsession! It is the visitors to the Stud. And then, there are the friends and family, with their perennial, evergreen commitment and interest in Backworth.

We like to think we can factor in an elusive, mystery ‘soul’ factor to our Backworth-breds. It is what has brought us to where we are, and it is many things. It’s the committed passion of the team on the farm, who are as much the face of our business as are our horses in the training yards around the country. It’s the hours spent pouring over pedigrees and planning matings. It is that resilience to ride out on the challenging tracks livestock breeding puts you through. It’s making business decisions that defy fiscal logic! It’s the tedious admin. It’s the gentle relationships with the mares and horses on the farm. It’s dreaming of the potential in a foal. It’s the natural beauty of the environment we breed in, the winds that blow through our fields, the sun that shines on our paddocks, and the mists that shroud us in mystery. It’s believing in what we do. It’s Scotty dogs, it’s our treasured home and it’s where our hearts are. It is all of this, and we continue to be absolutely passionate about all things Backworth!

We write from Eston, end August, seven beautiful foals on the ground, fifteen to go, and with the recent settling rains, there is that wonderful promise of spring in the air.

So whilst giving “thanks” for our 2011-2012 Breeding Year, with the benchmarks of Frankel and Black Caviar on the table, we take on the 2012-2013 Breeding Year with a renewed vigour!

Yes, Thanksgiving has come early for Backworth!

Keith and Ian


Devonella with Ivan Moore and Mr DaubernDevonella (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Kahal (GB) - Devon-Sent (SAF) by Northern Guest (USA)

Backworth-bred Devonella won well over 1200m at Clairwood Sunday under a confident ride from jockey Julius Mariba for trainer Ivan Moore.

This win takes the four-year-old filly’s career record to 4 wins and 8 places from 27 starts for earnings of R229,199.

Congratulations to owners Messrs Daubern and Moore.

Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
24 June 2012

Win Time : 71:85

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 DEVONELLA 54.5 75 4 * J Mariba Ivan Moore
2 1.25 MYSTIC ROSE 52.5 73 10 M Byleveld Duncan Howells
3 2.00 CRISSY SANCHEZ 59.0 84 5 A Delpech Sean Tarry
4 3.00 ASPEN ANGLE 55.0 78 7 * K de Melo Charles Laird
5 3.10 RAISE THE RENT 52.0 70 9 M Yeni Duncan Howells
6 5.10 BLOUBERG BEACH 61.0 90 1 B Fayd’Herbe Glen Kotzen
7 6.10 SPEED DIAL 55.0 78 8 R Fradd Gary Alexander
8 8.10 SING THE BLUES 56.0 80 2 S Veale Duncan Howells
9 8.35 BOLD PRINCESS (AUS) 53.5 73 6 A Forbes Michael Roberts
10 10.60 IMPERIAL IMAGE 52.5 71 3 K Teetan Jeff Freedman


Chocolicious wins at Greyville RacecourseChocolicious (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Kahal (GB) - Candy Box (SAF)
by Exclusive Patriot (USA)

Chocolicious (Kahal - Candy Box) won convincingly on Friday night at Greyville, in strong company, under jockey Keagan Latham for trainers Herman Brown Jnr and Frank Robinson. The Backworth-bred 4-year-old filly takes her South African career record to 4 wins (including the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship) and 7 places from 13 starts with earnings of R538,155.

Chocolicious had a very respectable Dubai campaign in 2011 with 4th in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial, 3rd in the UAE 1000 Guineas and 2nd in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Other notable performances by Backworth-breds this weekend include :

Congratulations to all the connections!

Greyville, Night, Turf, 1000m
11 May 2012

Win Time : 56.89

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 CHOCOLICIOUS 58.0 102 1 K Latham Herman Brown / Frank Robinson
2 2.00 SWEET ARIA (IRE) 58.0 85 6 S Randolph Brett Crawford
3 2.75 RILEY’S STAR 58.0 90 5 R Danielson Gavin van Zyl
4 3.25 RUBY CARTEL 59.5 95 4 A Marcus Charles Laird
5 3.50 COMTESSE DUBOIS 60.0 99 8 B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
6 3.75 TWO TONE ROCKA 60.0 76 2 *M Ntuli (4.0) Wendy Whitehead
7 4.50 FAIRYTALE STORY 59.0 82 7 *D Dillon (2.5) Doug Campbell
8 6.50 UNITED 57.5 77 3 *K de Melo (1.5) Glen Kotzen


Devonella by Kahal wins at Scottsville RacecourseDevonella (SAF) - MR74 Handicap
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Kahal (GB) - Devon-Sent (SAF) by Northern Guest (USA)

Backworth-bred Devonella (SAF) scooted to victory over 1200m on the speedy Scottsville track Sunday under jockey Corne Orffer for trainer Ivan Moore.

Congratulations to owners Messrs Daubern and Moore.

Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
11 December 2011
# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 DEVONELLA 59.5 73 2 C Orffer Ivan Moore
2 0.15 MAIGOLD 60.0 82 6 * J Mariba (4.0) Alistair Gordon
3 2.15 ULWANDLE 57.0 68 15 * J Smitsdorff (4.0) Glen Kotzen
4 2.65 ELLE RASSA 56.5 67 14 * L Mohapi (4.0) Paul Lafferty
5 2.75 SEMI AUTOMATIC 55.0 64 1 * K de Melo (1.5) Des Egdes
6 4.25 ROYAL HEIR 55.5 65 12 S Randolph Dennis Drier
7 7.00 NEW LIFESTYLE 57.0 76 16 * A Mgudlwa Mark Dixon
8 8.25 TWO TONE ROCKA 58.5 71 3 * M Ntuli (4.0) Wendy Whitehead
9 9.50 ETERNAL SUNSHINE 59.0 80 9 * D Dillon (4.0) Charles Laird
10 9.65 KEEN ACCORD 56.0 66 5 G Lerena Mark Dixon
11 9.75 LAMORNA 53.5 61 8 D Daniels Michael Roberts
12 11.50 I GOT YOU BABE 58.5 79 4 A Forbes Michael Miller
13 12.00 BOLD PRINCESS (AUS) 59.5 73 10 B Lerena Michael Roberts
14 12.05 FRESH AS FRUIT 58.5 71 7 * R Curling (1.5) Duncan Howells
15 12.30 BELLE 55.5 65 11 L Africa Duncan Howells
13.05 HIGH BLUE SKY 55.5 65 13 M Yeni Greg & Karen Anthony

Late Scratchings

17 0.00 READY FOR ROSES 52.0 55 13 Reserve 1 Julie Dittmer


Princely Reason wins the J.Paul Heain C.M.G CupPrincely Reason (Jallad - Royal Pardon) - The J. Paul Hein C.M.G. Cup
(Photo : The Mauritius Turf Club)

What a week for Backworth-bred racehorses on the tracks
of South Africa and Mauritius.

Blingle Bells won at the Vaal.
Princely Reason won in Mauritius.
Devonella came close 2nd at Clairwood.
Step It Up ran 2nd at Clairwood.
Raise The Bar ran 4th at Greyville.
Plush ran 3rd at Greyville… running 300m less due to light failure!!

“With a week’s race results like that, on our small number
of horses running, we are worth backing at the
Suncoast Casino KZN Yearling Sale.”