Gr1 Allan Robertson winner Chocolicious, a Backworth Stud-bred daughter of Kahal has seen her first yearling by Frankel sold to Shadwell Stud for $610 000, off the Inglis Australia Easter Yearling Sale. She is the first yearling by Frankel to be sold in the Southern Hemisphere.
By Curved Ball, the only son of Australian Champion Sire Fastnet Rock at stud in South Africa, out of our first Backworth-bred Graded winner, Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Stakes victress First Again, this strapping colt is welcomed to the Backworth Stud ranks!
Backworth had a great day on the racecourse Friday with our runners continuing to perform across the country.
King’s Chapel (NZ) - Flutter Bye (SAF)
Just when we thought this year’s crop couldn’t get any better, our Labeeb mare Flutter Bye preseneted us with this strapping colt foal by Bush Hill Stud Sire, King’s Chapel.
King’s Chapel is a magnificent looking stallion with size, substance and quality, and he is beautifully balanced. He was a ten time winner in New Zealand and Australia, including 3 wins at Group 1 level. He was crowned a multiple Champion as a three-year-old in New Zealand, winning the Champion Sprint/Miler title, Champion Three-Year-Old title and Horse Of The Year title.
His impressive race record included victories in the Super Bonus Classique (L) (1200m) at two, the New Zealand 2000 Guineas (Gr1) (1600m), the Telegraph Handicap (Gr1) (1200m), the WFA Stakes (Gr1) (1400m) and the Ray Coupland Stakes (L) (1400m) at three.
Flutter Bye’s first dam, Going Places, is a half sister to Spathi and First Movement; and is the dam of 8 foals; 8 runners; 6 winners including Ipi Tombe Challenge (Gr2) victress FIRST AGAIN by Muhtafal.
We’re certainly going to be keeping an eye on this fellow’s career.
FIRST AGAIN (SAF)
Muhtafal (USA) - Going Places (ZIM)
Keith Russon celebrates a significant moment, pictured here with First Again, our first Backworth-bred Graded winner, behind which there is a much ‘bigger picture’.
The granddaughter of Keith’s foundation mare ‘Top Drawer’ (Princillon / Windsor Chimes) from his Cloud’s End Stud in Zimbabwe back in the ’80s, Keith has continually, and sentimentally, believed in the family. From here he bred ‘Going Places’ (Esplendor / Top Drawer), who he later bought back, to bring to Backworth Stud when we started breeding in South Africa, in partnership with John and Janette Bescoby. In her short breeding career, Going Places bred well for us, most notably ‘First Again’ who we raced together with stalwart Backworth supporters Stephan and Anne Colle - enjoying 8 wins, topped with the Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge victory, and numerous places, and the highest Merit Rated Filly of her generation.
When we dissolved our breeding partnership with John and Janette Bescoby in 2006, they bought us out of First Again, to send her to stud for themselves. She struggled in breeding, with only 2 Daylami foals, and had developed a strong dislike for being covered! John and Janette very kindly offered her back to Backworth earlier this year, and in consultation with our Stud Vet, Carla Langley, planned a special programme intergrating her back in to the ‘breeding concept’ letting her run with breeding warmbloods, and with a constant exposure to Stallions.
It was with much anticipation, that First Again visited new KwaZulu-Natal sire ‘Irish Flame’ recently. With a supporting team of Carla, Keith and Farm Manager Dillyn Brijlall to witness the moment, and together with the participation of the Stallion Manager, Warwick Render of Bush Hill Stud, all were there to witness what turned out to be a participative mating. 30 days later, she is ‘Tested in Foal’, and we hope for the delivery of ‘something special’!
Thanks to everybody involved - it is in recording these stories that a romance is brought back in to the science of breeding!
Horse Chestnut (SAF) - Flutter Bye (SAF)
In a somewhat ironic scheduling of nature, Flutter Bye, a half sister to Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge victress First Again, presented Backworth with our ‘second’ foal of the season. A strapping colt by arguably the best racehorse to have run in South Africa in the past 40 years and the nation’s only Triple Crown winner in history, Horse Chestnut.
If his first few days in the paddocks are any indication, this chap is sure to send a few ‘hearts a fluttering’.
GO AGAIN (SAF)
Muhtafal (USA) - Going Places (Zim) by Esplendor (ARG)
Backworth had a good day’s racing at Scottsville Tuesday with GO AGAIN (Muhtafal - Going Places) winning second time out for the Herman Brown / Frank Robinson yard; beating the hot favourite, Markus Jooste’s talented Trippi colt, Skywalk Luke (Trippi - Catwalk Cutie), by a length.
The Backworth graduate of the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale is a full brother to First Again, winner of the 2006 Ipi Tombe Challenge (Grade 2) and the highest merit rated filly of her generation (MR106). Congratulations to the Brown/Robinson yard and to owner Mr R. Bifov.
In the 3rd race on the same card, Backworth-bred SUGAR RUSH (Miesque’s Approval - Sweet Sweet) ran 2nd, also second time out, for trainer Tony Rivalland, beaten by the Dennis Drier-trained favourite, Sue For Peace (Western Winter - Divided).
On Monday at Clairwood, LUXARDO (Mogok - Absolut Star) ran 4th, first time out, over 1000m. A commendable run considering he was left at the start.
UK SOCCER 4 MAIDEN JUVENILE PLATE
|1||0.00||GO AGAIN||58.0||0||2||K Latham||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|2||1.00||SKYWALK LUKE||58.0||0||8||A Marcus||Charles Laird|
|3||4.00||TIGER STORM||58.0||0||4||S Cormack||Glen Kotzen|
|4||7.75||BRIGHT IDEA||58.0||0||5||C Orffer||Ivan Moore|
|5||7.80||MIGHTY LION||58.0||0||1||S Veale||Paul Gadsby|
|6||8.30||DONNINGTON||58.0||0||9||B Lerena||Chris Erasmus|
|7||9.05||SMARTELLI||58.0||0||7||S Randolph||Dennis Drier|
|8||12.05||HORAY HENRY||58.0||0||6||A Mgudlwa||Alyson Wright|
|9||20.55||SPRINTER KING||58.0||0||3||A Forbes||Michael Miller|
|10||20.65||SEAN O’ CASEY||58.0||0||10||M Yeni||Mike de Kock|
|11||0.00||KENTUCKY GUEST||58.0||0||4||B Jacobson||Doug Campbell|
|12||0.00||RANDOM AL||58.0||0||6||S Khumalo||Sean Miller|
|13||0.00||VICTORIA’S ALBERT||58.0||0||5||G Wrogemann||Sean Miller|