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.
The form of Backworth-breds continues to flourish as we move into February with five winners in the past four weeks from not many runners!
Flashing through at the 300m marker Sunday at Scottsville, Bermudabreeze hit the front and kept his tempo going the 1000m; fighting off the desperate challenges of Fire The Rocket (Kildonan), Cheshire Cat (Black Minnaloushe) and Stampede (Ecomium) to take a deserved victory with flamboyant jockey Muzi Yeni up.
Atso (USA) - Bermuda Junction (Aus) by Is It True (USA)
Backworth-bred Bermuda Breeze (by Atso out of our Australian mare, Bermuda Junction) ‘breezed’ to a comfortable win over 1200m Tuesday at Clairwood for trainer Frank Robinson with jockey Billy Jacobson up.
Bermuda Breeze is from the family of Scorndale (AUS) (17 wins in Australia) and Scornbold (AUS) (23 wins in Australia) and is a half brother to Revivalist (2 wins), Bermuda Prince (6 wins) and Island Fiesta (4 wins).
The four-year-old chestnut colt is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale and has a career record of 1 win and 5 places from 11 starts.
SOCCER 10 QUALIFIED MAIDEN PLATE
|1||0.0||BERMUDA BREEZE||60.0||9||B Jacobson||Frank Robinson|
|2||1.5||TRIP KINGS||60.0||8||B Lerena||Greg & Karen Anthony|
|3||2.8||FALKO||60.0||7||A Marcus||Craig Eudey|
|4||3.0||GOLDEN MATADOR||60.0||6||A Delpech||Sean Tarry|
|5||5.5||CASTLE KEEP||60.0||4||W Kennedy||Paul Gadsby|
|6||7.5||FORWARD ZONE||60.0||1||A Forbes||Corine Bestel|
|7||11.2||SECRETS TOLD||60.0||3||* S Fortune (4.0)||Garth Puller|
|8||13.8||BELOVED TRICK||60.0||2||* M Thackeray (4.0)||Paul Gadsby|
|9||15.8||LUNAR RAIDER||60.0||5||A Mgudlwa||Garth Puller|
Below is an article published yesterday on the Bloodstock South Africa website following Backworth’s ‘tremendous treble’ on the weekend with the Duncan McKenzie-trained Spectacularus, the Gavin van Zyl-trained Too Much Fun and the Frank Robinson-trained Go Again!
“The Backworth Stud has enjoyed a cracking start to the 2013-2014 season. The farm who have been loyal and stalwart Bloodstock South Africa supporters over the years, enjoyed a fine treble over the weekend.
The first leg of the Backworth hatrick kicked off when Spectacularus broke her maiden in fine fashion on Friday. A daughter of former Eclipse Champion Miesque’s Approval, Spectacularus was a cheap R25,000 buy at the 2011 Suncoast Casino KZN Yearling Sale. Well done to owners Backworth Stud, and Messrs Levy and Rivalland - this filly has already earned back her purchase price!
Second of the Backworth winners to score over the weekend was the Admire Main-sired filly, Too Much Fun. The Winston Chow owned filly showed her appreciation for a step up in trip by saluting impressively over 1600m, and she is another who should win her share of races.
Too Much Fun (whose dam Merriment is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Superwood) was a R140,000 buy at the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. She is a filly with a lovely pedigree (Too Much Fun is from the great Soho Secret family), and hopefully she can go from strength to strength.
Go Again completed the hatrick for Backworth with a brave victory at Clairwood Park on Sunday. The Frank Robinson-trained gelding (who is a full brother to smart, Grade 2 winning filly First Again) narrowly prevailed in a thrilling finish to win by the shortest of short heads for his connections. The son of Muhtafal was a R600,000 buy for owner Mr Bifov at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Bloodstock South Africa would like to congratulate Backworth’s Keith Russon and Ian Todd for this fine achievement.
TOP OF THE CHOCS (SAF)
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Candy Box (SAF) by Exclusive Patriot (USA)
Top Of The Chocs, half-brother to fellow Backworth-bred speedster Chocolicious, opened up his 2013 account with a confident win under apprentice Donovan Dillon over 1200m at Greyville Sunday.
The 4 year-old bay gelding is by Breeders’ Cup winner Miesque’s Approval out of the Exclusive Patriot mare, Candy Box. The bay mare recorded 4 wins in her career including the Grade 3 Strelitzia Stakes and the Listed Juvenile Stakes. She placed four times including a 3rd in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship.
This win takes Top Of The Chocs’ career record to 2 wins and 7 places from 17 starts. Congratulations to trainers Herman Brown Jnr and Frank Robinson as well as to owners Messrs HJ Brown, P Ebbs, MG Frost, MA Robinson and Ms L Kapustina.
KOKO’S MARGATE NIGHTCLUB MR 83 HANDICAP
|1||0.00||TOP OF THE CHOCS||54.0||71||2||D Dillon||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|2||0.75||EXCUSE MY FRENCH||60.0||83||4||A Forbes||Duncan Howells|
|3||2.00||STUNNING GUY||56.5||76||6||K Shea||Pat Lunn|
|4||2.15||KINGSTON BOY||53.5||77||5||S Veale||Doug Campbell|
|5||2.90||PHANTON FIGHTER||60.||83||11||M Odendaal||Dennis Drier|
|6||5.15||MISTER SLAM (ARG)||57.5||78||3||B Jacobson||Glen Kotzen|
|7||5.40||KING OF TORTS||60.0||90||13||I Sturgeon||Duncan Howells|
|8||5.50||COOL SPENDER||60.0||83||10||A Mgudlwa||Sean Tarry|
|9||5.75||OLD MAC DONALD||58.0||79||12||K Jupp||Paul Lafferty|
|10||7.00||PINOT NOIR||58.0||79||7||M Yeni||Duncan Howells|
|11||7.50||LIVE CONTROVERSY||57.5||78||9||K de Melo||Colin Scott|
|12||9.00||TERRIBLE GULCH (ARG)||58.5||80||1||J Samuel||Deon Visser|
|13||15.25||WARWICKADALE||56.0||75||8||K Latham||Corinne Bestel|
|14||0.00||LORD HAWKE||54.0||71||7||n/a||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
Kahal (GB) - Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot (USA)
In one last hurrah before embarking on a new racing career in the UK and Australia, the Backworth-bred 5-year-old mare, Chocolicious, blasted to a 3.25m length Boxing Day win under jockey Keagan de Melo for trainers Herman Brown and Frank Robinson.
The daughter of Kahal proved far too quick for a high-class field of fillies and mares, leaving speedsters She’s A Stunner (Toreador), Big On Broadway (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus) and Choir Maiden (AUS) (Choisir) struggling in her wake.
Chocolicious, winner of the Allan Robertson Fillies Championship (Grade 1) as a 2-year-old, closes her South African racing career with 6 wins and 8 places from 18 starts and R672,530 in earnings.
Chocolicious is now UK-bound, via Mauritius, where her connections are hoping to aim her at Royal Ascot. She is owned and managed by Darren and Elizabeth Dance and will race internationally with a group of their clients from Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock.
RAYNER LOGISTICS CONDITIONS PLATE (F & M)
|1||0.00||CHOCOLICIOUS||60.0||101||2||* K de Melo||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|2||3.25||SHE’S A STUNNER||59.5||97||1||A Delpech||Deon Visser|
|3||7.00||BIG ON BROADWAY (AUS)||60.0||89||4||S Randolph||Ivan Moore|
|4||7.10||CHOIR MAIDEN (AUS)||54.0||92||5||A Forbes||Tony Rivalland|
|5||7.60||SUBLIME SOUL||53.5||82||7||*J Barnes (4.0)||Charles Laird|
|6||9.60||MAIGOLD||55.5||86||6||M Yeni||Alistair Gordon|
|7||10.60||LAS RAMBLAS||57.0||84||3||* D Neethling (4.0)||James Goodman|
(Photo : Gold Circle)
Mogok (USA) - Absolut Star (SAF) by Salaadim (USA)
The grey 3-year-old colt, who is a half-brother to the well performed Aquavit, had 5 previous starts comprising 3 fourths and 2 seconds. Congratulation to owners Braam Van Huyssteen and Herman Brown Jnr.
Aquavit is a four-time winner both in South Africa and Mauritius, placing six times.
This dam-line is bursting with Bold-Black Type, including Gr2 SA Oaks winner Seven Stars, Hot Seven, The Seventh Star, Alpha Centauri, ARCSA Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Gold Flier, Gr1 Gold Challenge winner Successful Bidder and Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner Trust Antonia, to name but a few from a most succesful family.
SOCCER 6 MAIDEN PLATE
|1||0.00||LUXARDO||58.0||79||4||* K De Melo||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|2||5.00||HIGHLAND FLING||60.0||61||11||J Jordaan||Mike Pappas|
|3||5.75||RAINIER||58.0||72||9||B Lerena||Michael Roberts|
|4||6.25||BID FOR SPEED||58.0||84||14||A Marcus||Alyson Wright|
|5||7.75||KINGSTON BOY||58.0||0||8||I Sturgeon||Doug Campbell|
|6||8.00||NILE SYMPHONY||58.0||65||3||K Teetan||Paul Gadsby|
|7||8.25||RACONTEUR||58.0||0||2||S Cormack||Dennis Drier|
|8||11.50||SELESAO||58.0||0||12||* D Dillon (2.5)||Dennis Drier|
|9||12.00||LIBERTINE||60.0||0||15||* M Ntuli (4.0)||Colin Scott|
|10||13.75||DETECTIVE CASEY||58.0||0||5||A Forbes||Dennis Drier|
|11||13.80||KLONDIKE CREEK||58.0||0||1||B Jacobson||Glen Kotzen|
|12||15.80||SUIT OF LIGHTS||58.0||63||7||M Odendaal||Mike Bass|
|13||18.55||VELDDRIFTER||60.0||60||6||K Latham||Tony Rivalland|
|14||19.05||DONNINGTON||58.0||70||10||R Danielson||Chris Erasmus|
|15||19.80||MOGOO’S GOLD||58.0||0||13||J Samuel||Dennis Drier|
|16||0.00||ISLAND EMBLEM||58.0||76||15||C Taylor||Adam W Kethro|
Kahal (GB) - Candy Box (SAF)
by Exclusive Patriot (USA)
Following on from her very respectable fourth behind Ebony Flyer in the South African Fillies Sprint (Grade 1) two weeks ago, Chocolicious (Kahal - Candy Box) continued to show good form Friday evening with a great run in the Serendipity Tours Conditions Plate (F & M) over 1000m at Greyville.
Taking on the might of the KwaZulu-Natal Stakes (Listed) one-two winning combination in Torra Bay (AUS) (Cape Cross (IRE) - Vodka Twist (AUS)) and Sweet Aria (IRE) (Celtic Swing (GB) - Carina Ari (IRE)), the Backworth-bred filly dispayed a true fighting spirit to turn the tables on her fellow speedsters under a confident ride by jockey Keagan Latham.
This win takes Chocolicious’ South African career record to 5 wins and 8 places from 15 starts for earnings of R563,155.
Congratulations to trainers Herman Brown Jnr and Frank Robinson and owners Messrs P Ebbs, MG Frost, MA Robinson & Ms L Kapustina, Messrs HJ Brown (Jnr) & NC Smith.
SERENDIPITY TOURS CONDITIONS PLATE (F & M)
|1||0.00||CHOCOLICIOUS||58.5||102||3||K Latham||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|2||0.75||TORRA BAY (AUS)||58.5||90||2||S Cormack||Dennis Drier|
|3||3.50||SWEET ARIA (IRE)||56.5||85||4||* D Dillon (2.5)||Brett Crawford|
|4||3.55||BRATALOOCHEE||56.5||84||1||* K de Melo (1.5)||Des Egdes|
|5||5.80||WISHFUL EYE||58.5||98||5||J Jordaan||Alyson Wright|
SOUTH AFRICAN FILLIES SPRINT (GRADE 1)
Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, KZN
The field for last Saturday’s R500,000 South African Fillies Sprint (Grade 1) included a classy bunch of very fast females.
Last season’s Equus 2 year-old Champion filly, Princess Victoria (SAF) (Victory Moon), had won the Poinsettia Stakes (Grade 3) last time out and lined up for the SA Fillies Sprint off a perfect prep. Mike de Kock’s Welwitschia (GB) (Oasis Dream) had pulverised the opposition at her last start in the Camelia Stakes (Grade 2) and Ebony Flyer (SAF) (Jet Master) came off a break after winning last time out in the Majorca Stakes (Grade 1). Let’s not forget the ultra consistant Backworth-bred Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship victress, Chocolicious (SAF) (Kahal - Candy Box). We could go on and on but simply put, it was a star-studded line-up of very good girls.
Chocolicious (SAF) didn’t disgrace and powered home for a classy fourth under jockey Keagan Latham for trainers Herman Brown Jnr and Frank Robinson; following Ebony Flyer (SAF), Welwitschia (GB) and She’s A Stunner (SAF).
SOUTH AFRICAN FILLIES SPRINT (Grade 1)
|1||0.00||EBONY FLYER||60.0||107||9||B Fayd’Herbe||Justin Snaith|
|2||1.00||WELWITSCHIA (GB)||60.0||109||3||A Delpech||Mike de Kock|
|3||2.00||SHE’S A STUNNER||58.5||105||11||R Fradd||Deon Visser|
|4||2.50||CHOCOLICIOUS||60.0||102||8||K Latham||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|5||3.00||COMTESSE DUBOIS||58.5||99||7||R Fourie||Justin Snaith|
|6||3.50||GIVE ME FIVE||60.0||99||1||B Lerena||Sean Tarry|
|7||7.75||PRINCESS VICTORIA||58.5||109||10||S Cormack||Glen Kotzen|
|8||4.80||STATE BLUE||60.0||107||2||P Strydom||Justin Snaith|
|9||5.55||JACKODORE||58.5||100||13||A Marcus||Sean Tarry|
|10||5.65||BARCELONA WINTER||60.0||101||4||S Veale||Yogas Govender|
|11||6.65||JOLLY POPPINS||60.0||90||12||C Maujean||Louis Goosen|
|12||8.15||ROMANTIC MOON||60.0||102||6||I Sturgeon||Duncan Howells|
|13||8.40||WISHFUL EYE||60.0||98||5||A Forbes||Alyson Wright|
|14||0.00||TORRA BAY (AUS)||60.0||90||13||K Shea||Dennis Drier|
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.
Other notable performances by Backworth-breds this weekend include :
- Diamantaire (Var - Jewel Of Hanui) 2nd in a MR 77 Handicap also on the Greyville card for trainer Alyson Wright.
- Bermudabreeze (Atso - Bermuda Junction) 2nd in a Maiden Juvenile Plate at Clairwood for trainers Herman Brown Jnr and Frank Robinson.
- Devonella (Kahal - Devon-Sent) tight head finish 3rd in a MR 81 Divided Handicap at Clairwood for trainer Ivan Moore.
- Bermuda Prince (Muhtafal - Bermuda Junction) 2nd in a MR 90 Divided Handicap at Arlington for trainer Barry Steenkamp.
Congratulations to all the connections!
PSL SOCCER 4 CONDITIONS PLATE (F & M)
|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|
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|
STEP IT UP (SAF)
Windrush (USA) - Moving On Up by Jallad (USA)
Step It Up won yesterday for the farm and our partners; Messrs JJ Snyman, HJ Brown (Jnr), Mr JM Coppez and Mrs NJ Coppezover, over 1000m at Greyville, under jockey Ian Sturgeon for trainers Herman Brown Jnr and Frank Robinson.
Step It Up is a half sister to our top performing ‘Raise The Bar’ who is racing for trainer Paul Matchett; 5 wins and 8 places from 19 starts.
This win further proves our mare ‘Moving On Up’ - as Step It Up is now the 2nd winner of 2 racing foals!
We have a very nice half brother to Step It Up by Muhtafal, called ‘Lucky Break’, which will be in the Backworth draft for sale at the National Yearling Sales from 27 - 29 April 2012 at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston, Gauteng.
UK SOCCER 4 MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
|1||0.00||STEP IT UP||60.0||75||7||I Sturgeon||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|2||0.10||FLAMING PRINCESS||60.0||68||4||A Delpech||Gilbert Werner|
|3||1.60||CAPE VESTA||60.0||65||1||* L Mohapi (4.0)||Pat Lunn|
|4||2.35||CYCLONE AMBER||60.0||62||2||C Taylor||Glen Puller|
|5||3.10||PLATINUM FOX||60.0||62||11||A Forbes||Michael Roberts|
|6||3.60||FOREST TROVE||60.0||60||3||C Orffer||Sean Tarry|
|7||5.60||TANYA’S CHOICE||60.0||63||5||* J King (2.5)||Greg & Karen Anthony|
|8||6.60||DELLY’S DELIGHT||60.0||52||10||* D Dillon (4.0)||Yogas Govender|
|9||7.85||MOCHA SHEIK||60.0||50||8||S Randolph||Wendy Whitehead|
|10||8.60||STELLA MAC||60.0||59||9||* B Claassen (4.0)||Michael Roberts|
|11||17.85||OPERA LASS||60.0||0||6||M Yeni||Gavin van Zyl|
|12||0.00||SWELL PARTY||60.0||0||6||A Marcus||Tony Rivalland|
Kahal (GB) - Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot (USA)
2011 Dubai Racing Carnival UAE 1000 Guineas third place finisher, Chocolicious, was beautifully turned out for a Conditions Plate for Fillies and Mares over 1200m at Clairwood on Boxing Day.
Chocolicious, prepared by Frank Robinson for the Herman Brown / Frank Robinson partnership, led from gun to tape at a high cruising speed and won by four lengths under jockey Karis Teetan. The 4-year-old bay filly posted a winning time of 68.31 which was faster than the time clocked by Coffee Sheik in a MR94 Handicap for Colts and Geldings an hour later.
Jockey Karis Teetan said : “Frank wanted me to follow one other if possible, but the tailwind was strong and she jumped very well, so I let her stay in front. She was travelling easy and quickened again when I asked her to go at the 400m mark.”
Trainer Frank Robinson commented : “Ian (Sturgeon) and I discussed her last run at Turffontein and we believe she may have won if she’d raced handier, so things worked out well today with the tailwind.”
Chocolicious, who won the Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship as a two-year-old, was bred and raised at Backworth Stud. She’s by Kahal (GB) from Candy Box (SAF) by Exclusive Patriot (USA) and hasn’t missed the money in ten career starts.
PROTEA TRUCK & BUS PARTS CONDITIONS PLATE (F & M)
|1||0.00||CHOCOLICIOUS||55.0||101||1||K Teetan||Herman Brown / Frank Robinson|
|2||4.00||GIVE ME FIVE||57.0||103||8||M Yeni||Sean Tarry|
|3||4.50||HAPPY ARCHER (AUS)||59.0||106||2||C Orffer||Sean Tarry|
|4||6.75||SILENT NIGHTS (AUS)||54.5||87||7||A Forbes||Dennis Drier|
|5||9.00||RUBY CARTEL||57.0||95||6||A Marcus||Charles Laird|
|6||9.25||COUNTRY ROSE||56.5||96||3||A Delpech||Jeff Freedman|
|7||10.50||AUTUMN GOLD||60.0||98||4||* A Mgudlwa||Sean Tarry|
|8||10.60||PSALTERY||55.5||91||5||J Samuel||Charles Laird|
|9||0.00||QUEEN TAMARA||57.0||81||7||S Veale||Dennis Drier|
|10||0.00||TORY||54.5||86||6||R Danielson||Charles Laird|