The promise of Summer...
Welcome back to our mares and their foals who have arrived safely home from the Cape breeding season!
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.
“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.
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.
“In racing you are only as good as your last best horse.”
- John Freeman
John Freeman’s passion for the Thoroughbred lies in his selection of yearlings at sales, always in search of future sire material. His favourite field remains the syndication and management of stallions. As a selector and buyer of yearlings, his main aim has always been to buy champions and this steady pursuit of excellence has connected him with many of South Africa’s leading sires, including Dynasty.
We were thrilled to have John as a guest to Backworth this weekend past. He was here not only to see the stud, but also to inspect our foals and yearlings. If his reactions were anything to go by… we’d reckon he was impressed!
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)|
Kahal (GB) - War Echo (SAF)
“Cetshwayo led a powerful army of young Zulu fighters called “uSuthu” named for their bloodcurdling war cry, “uSuthu” which, when incited during battle, implored the ancestors to beseach upon them the strength and bravery of fallen Zulu warriors.”
…and as the winter chill wanes and the new spring dawns we gaze through the morning mist upon the Zulu hinterland below; from the Indian Ocean in the East to the uKhahlamba Mountains in the North West. And if we’re very still, from the depths of the sacred Umkomaas Valley over the hills to the West, we hear the ghostly war echos of Cetshwayo and his Usuthu… “Usuthu… Usuthu”… as if foreboding the coming of a new Zulu king.
Here is one of our recent arrivals to Backworth, a strong Kahal colt foal out of our mare War Echo, a half sister to Stormsvlei - dam of Pocket Power and River Jetez.