Spring has sprung and the season's filly foals are arriving!
Backworth is excited to announce the arrival of this beautiful Irish Flame filly, out of our Kahal mare Fancy Flutter, born at Winterbach Stud in the Western Cape.
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!
Winterbach Stud, run by father and son duo Hendrik Winterbach and Hendrik Winterbach Jnr, played host to the arrival of a fine Var colt foal for Backworth, out of our Rich Man's Gold mare, Refined Gold.
In the photo above, Keith shares a moment of tranquility with a lovely Crusade foal… notice the lightning-fast approach though of an extermemly vigilant mare, National Seeker! What happened next?
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.
Oratorio (IRE) - Lewinsky’s Lover (SAF)
When you mix of a little Oratorio with a little Lewinsky’s Lover you get… GOOSEBUMPS!! This magnificent filly foal is something quite special!
Rated a Timeform 128, Oratorio is one of Danehill’s top rated sons. A triple Group 1 winner, a Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in France, a Champion 3-Year-Old Colt in Ireland and a Group performer in 11 races, Oratorio exuded racing class.
At stud, he was champion sire in Italy in 2012 and sire of Hong Kong Horse of the Year MILITARY ATTACK in 2013. He is the Sire of Group 1 winners in five different countries – BEETHOVEN (Britain), BANCHEE (New Zealand), MANAWANUI (Australia), TEMIDA (Germany), BIZ THE NURSE (Italy) and MILITARY ATTACK (Hong Kong). He is also sire of dual Group 2 winner CHERRY COLLECT (Italy), TORIO’S QUEST (Australia), KING TORUS (France), OTTIMO (South Africa), LOLLY FOR DOLLY (Australia); dual Group 3 winner MOONWALK IN PARIS (France & Dubai), VIZTORIO (UK), MOURINHO (Australia), ESENTEP (Australia) and TAKAR (Australia).
Lewinsky’s Lover by Jallad is from the family of Soho Secret; ARCSA Champion Broodmare in 1995, Kings Gambit; Equus Champion Stayer in 2008, London News; ARCSA Champion Three-Year-Old Colt and Horse of The Year in 1995 and Champion Older Male and Horse Of The Year in 1996, and Promisefrommyheart; Equus Champion Three-Year-Old Classic Female in 2004.
Var (USA) - Hargraves Bell (SAF)
By Var, sire of Hong Kong Champions Mile history maker Variety Club, out of Hargraves Bell, daughter of 1990 Breeders’ Cup Mile Champion, Royal Academy, this filly rings the distinct tune of a ‘Royal Variety’.
Toreador (IRE) - War Echo (SAF)
Bewildered? Yes… he ‘is’ only a few minutes old. Welcome to this lovely Toreador colt foal out of a very special mare, War Echo, half sister to Stormsvlei - dam of Pocket Power and River Jetez!
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.
MIESQUE’S APPROVAL (USA) - TOUCH OF NOBILITY (AUS)
“Nobility is a social class that possesses more acknowledged privileges or eminence than most other classes in a society, membership thereof typically being hereditary.” - Wikipedia
This leggy filly promises more than just a ‘touch of nobility’ being by the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Miesque’s Approval, out of the familiy of Wajd, winner of the Group 2 Grand Prix d’Evry, the Group 3 Prix Minerve and the Listed Prix des Tuileries.
FRANKEL (GB) - CHOCOLICIOUS (SAF)
We shared the extremely exciting news last week that the Backworth-bred Grade 1 winning-mare, Chocolicious, had foaled a leggy, chestnut filly down under by ten times Group 1 champion, Frankel. Here is a great pic of Chocolicious with her foal courtesy of her owner, Virginia Harvey.
||Galileo (IRE)||Sadler’s Wells (USA)|
|Urban Sea (USA)|
|Kind (IRE)||Danehill (USA)|
|Rainbow Lake (GB)|
||Kahal (GB)||Machiavellian (USA)
|Just A Mirage (GB)|
|Candy Box (SAF)||Exclusive Patriot (USA)
|Our Casey’s Girl (SAF)
WHAT A WINTER - ORIENTAL FASHION
By What A Winter out of our National Emblem mare Oriental Fashion,
this colt foal is… simply EXCEPTIONAL!
ORATORIO (IRE) - VICTORIA
Here’s a fiesty colt foal by Oratorio out of our Albert Hall mare, Victoria.
On your marks… get set… ORATORIO!
Mambo In Seattle (USA) - Sunset Ridge (SAF)
By Kingmambo’s son, Mambo In Seattle, a three parts brother to Champion sire, Lemon Drop Kid, out of our Tiger Ridge mare, Sunset Ridge, we reckon this sprightly filly foal is bound to ‘surprise’ as she dances towards her racing sunset.
|Filly Foal||Mambo In Seattle (USA)||Kingmambo (USA)||Mr Prospector (USA)|
|Weekend In Seattle (USA)||Seattle Slew (USA)|
|Weekend Surprise (USA)|
|Sunset Ridge (SAF)||Tiger Ridge (USA)||Storm Cat (USA)|
|Weekend Surprise (USA)|
|Tanover (SAF)||Model Man (SAF)|
|All Over Tan (SAF)|
Var (USA) - National Seeker (SAF)
This beautiful colt foal is by Var out of our National Assembly mare, National Seeker, who is half sister to Kochka, recently announced as Champion Two-Year-Old Colt at the 2013 KZN Racing Awards.
Doesn’t he look ‘just so dapper’?
Western Winter (USA) - Dancing Royale (AUS)
The South African breeding industry was hit with the sad news Saturday of the loss of Lammerskraal Stud’s Champion Sire, Western Winter.
The son of Gone West has been a stalwart of South African breeding for well over a decade producing tough and durable racehorses winning at the highest level from 1000m to 3200m. Western Winter was crowned champion first-season sire of 2000/01, remaining in the upper reaches of South Africa’s sires’ tables to date. His other achievements included overall champion sire in 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2005/06 and finishing second in the sires’ table three times. He was twice sire of Horses Of The Year with Winter Solstice and What A Winter.
Western Winter’s other progeny include Yard Arm, Set Afire, Ice Cube, Roxanne, Bad Girl Runs, Swartland, Argonaut, Fair Maiden, Fearless, Nania, Warm White Night, On Her Toes, Lady Windermere, Surveyor, Silver Mist, Oracle West and Capetown Noir.
As if by command from the heavens, our beautiful Australian mare, Dancing Royale (Danehill Dancer - Asian Incline), gave birth to a really beautiful Western Winter colt early Saturday morning. The photos above show Dancing Royale and her colt foal at just 10 minutes old!
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!
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Forbidden Woods (SAF)
Forbidden Woods foaled down in the paddock mid-afternoon Friday, obviously feeling safe and warm, and delivered a lively, healthy filly foal, who seems very interested in everything her Mum does! If her National Emblem yearling filly is anything to go by, this will be a family to watch!