Backworth had yet another good racing week with Scandal, Attenborough and Sanctuary flying our flag high.
Backworth-bred Scandal scored again for trainer Corne Spies on Monday at Fairview in a MR80 Open Handicap. Fellow Backworth-bred Sanctuary scooted home to take third in a FM 71 Handicap for trainer Alan Greeff.
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.
This past weekend saw another great weekend's racing for Backworth-breds. Congratulations to the trainers and all winning connections.
Spring has embraced KwaZulu-Natal with hints of the Summer heat to come. Whilst early days yet, Friday's temperatures were flamin'... off the racecourse... and on!
“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.
Backworth Mares depart for the Cape / Ian Todd (p)
Spring is always an exciting, yet anxious, time for any Stud Farm as the results of years of intricately calculated planning and breeding come to fruition with the arrival of the past season’s foals and the selection of the next season’s Stallions.
This year is a particularly anxious, yet exciting, time for the Backworth team as we bid farewell to a few members of our broodmare band as they embark on their journey to the fairest Cape… and to some impressive Stallion talent too!
|Mare||Broodmare Sire||In Foal To||Visiting Stallion (2014)|
|Angel Bells||Labeeb||n/a||What A Winter|
|Auburn Annio||Point Given||n/a||Oratorio|
|Blue Lace Agate||Rakeen||n/a||Oratorio|
|Captured Time||Capture Him||Irish Flame||Dynasty|
|Cupid’s Daughter||Ad Valorem||Byword||Var|
|Dancing Royale||Danehill Dancer||Byword||Oratorio|
|Forbidden Woods||Fort Wood||Crusade||Judpot|
|Gilt Edge||Goldkeeper||Kahal||Potala Palace|
|Moving On Up||Jallad||n/a||Oratorio|
|Refined Gold||Rich Man’s Gold||n/a||Var|
|Sunset Ridge||Tiger Ridge||n/a||Judpot|
|November Sky||Imperial Stride||n/a||Var|
|Varlet||Var||Gimmethegreenlight||Master Of My Fate|
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!