The Backworth-bred Grade 1 winning daughter of Kahal, Chocolicious, features in Australia once more as her second filly, a weanling by Australian sire sensation Fastnet Rock, goes under the hammer Monday in Book 1 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale. She is catalogued as Lot 231 and is consigned by Holbrook Thoroughbreds as agent.
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.
With a motto of “quality, not quantity”, one can hardly be surprised by the return to Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm last week of legendary Equus Champion Sprinter, Val de Ra, with her superb Frankel filly, Miss Frankel, intow.
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.
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FRANKEL (GB) - CHOCOLICIOUS (SAF)
Backworth-bred daughter of Kahal, Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship victress Chocolicious, has foaled a good leggy chestnut filly by Frankel in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.
A mare who attracted plenty of attention at the Goff’s November Sale due to her Southern Hemisphere covering date by Frankel, the 14-time winner who retired to stud with the highest Timeform Rating in history of 147.
The then six-year-old mare was purchased by Oliver St Lawrence in foal to champion Frankel at the Goff’s breeding stock sale in Ireland for €400,000. Chocolicious was one of three offered at the sale in foal to Frankel, bred to Southern Hemisphere time, consigned for Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock by Ballyhane Stud.
Unbeaten superstar Frankel, widely regarded as one of the greatest racehorses in history, currently stands at Banstead Manor in Newmarket, and has a stud fee of GBP 125,000 - or over R2.2 million.
Chocolicious (rated MR 105) won six races from 1000m to 1200m in South Africa, and placed in the UAE 1000 Guineas behind Mahbooba.
Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, she is out of Grade 3 winning daughter of Exclusive Patriot named Candy Box - herself out of an Our Casey’s Boy/Brer Rabbit/Tom Rolfe mare. Candy Box bred three winners from four runners, and descends from the family of Hot Cross Bun and Royal Wish.
We have been advised that 25% of Frankel’s first Northern Hemisphere crop of foals are chestnut and that his Sire Galileo has left plenty of good chestnuts, including dual Derby, and this week’s Juddmonte International winner, Australia.
Top Of The Chocs, a half-brother to Chocolicious by Miesque’s Approval, turned on the speed just over a week ago, over 1000m at Champ de Mars to cement a confident third in the Supertote Trophy for trainer Hughes Maigrot with jockey Gerald Avranche up.
Kahal (GB) - Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot (USA)
Goffs announced this week the addition of another top class mare in foal to Frankel to the forthcoming Goffs November Sale. The mare in question is the Backworth Stud-bred Chocolicious. This is her first foal in what is also the first covering season for the world’s racing sensation, Frankel.
The South African and KwaZulu-Natal-bred Group 1 winner, Chocolicious, will be offered on Day 1 of the Breeding Stock Sale, Friday 22 November, the same day as the much anticipated Paulyn Dispersal.
The six-year-old Chocolicious, by top South African sire Kahal, was a Group 1 winner in South Africa at three and is out of the Group 3 winning and Group 1 placed South African mare, Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot.
A boutique stud farm with an exclusive band of well-bred broodmares, Backworth Stud took home the 2012 KZN Breeders Award for Outstanding Breeding Achievement, having bred an impressive 53% runners to winners ratio over the 2011/2012 racing season.
Chocolicious joins Group winner Hazel Lavery and Song, the own sister to Classic winner Yesterday, in an elite group of mares in foal to the great Frankel at Goffs this November.
A six-time winner including the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship, Chocolicious also placed a very close second in the Grade 3 Magnolia Handicap behind Jackadore and fourth behind Ebony Flyer in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint, just two and half lengths off.
Chocolicious will be consigned by Ballyhane on behalf of Australian Thoroughbred Racing.
Extracts from Goffs and KZN Breeders
“We’ve been looking for a sprinter to take to Royal Ascot
for the last couple of years”
Marco Botti’s cosmopolitan Newmarket yard is about to add a fresh dimension, with the springtime arrival of South African sprinting mare Chocolicious, who has been bought by the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock syndicate with visits to Royal Ascot and Frankel on her agenda.
The trainer’s wife Lucie Botti confirmed: “We’re expecting Chocolicious to arrive in the spring, with a view to being prepared for Royal Ascot.”
The daughter of Kahal out of an Exclusive Patriot mare, Candy Box, was bred by Backworth Stud in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Chocolicious has won five of her 16 starts, including the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship over 6f as a three-year-old.
She ran three times at last year’s Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan. Piloted by Ryan Moore, Chocolicious finished third in the UAE 1,000 Guineas and was a narrow second to Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Crying Lightening in a 7f conditions event, but has been lightly raced on her return to South Africa.
ATB member Darren Dance told Australian media: “We’ve been looking for a sprinter to take to Royal Ascot for the last couple of years, and Chocolicious provides the perfect opportunity. We’d like to send her to Frankel at the end of her racing career.”
Extract from Racing Post