Irish Flame

Flutters for Irish Flame Filly Foal

Flutters for Irish Flame Filly Foal

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.

Talking Turf with Sarah Whitelaw

Talking Turf with Sarah Whitelaw

We welcomed esteemed journalist and writer of the turf, Sarah Whitelaw, to Backworth Stud last week.

First Again Comes Full Circle

First Again Horse and Keith RussonKeith Russon with First Again
(Photo : Ian Todd)

FIRST AGAIN (SAF)
Muhtafal (USA) - Going Places (ZIM)

Keith Russon celebrates a significant moment, pictured here with First Again, our first Backworth-bred Graded winner, behind which there is a much ‘bigger picture’.

The granddaughter of Keith’s foundation mare ‘Top Drawer’ (Princillon / Windsor Chimes) from his Cloud’s End Stud in Zimbabwe back in the ’80s, Keith has continually, and sentimentally, believed in the family. From here he bred ‘Going Places’ (Esplendor / Top Drawer), who he later bought back, to bring to Backworth Stud when we started breeding in South Africa, in partnership with John and Janette Bescoby. In her short breeding career, Going Places bred well for us, most notably ‘First Again’ who we raced together with stalwart Backworth supporters Stephan and Anne Colle - enjoying 8 wins, topped with the Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge victory, and numerous places, and the highest Merit Rated Filly of her generation.

When we dissolved our breeding partnership with John and Janette Bescoby in 2006, they bought us out of First Again, to send her to stud for themselves. She struggled in breeding, with only 2 Daylami foals, and had developed a strong dislike for being covered! John and Janette very kindly offered her back to Backworth earlier this year, and in consultation with our Stud Vet, Carla Langley, planned a special programme intergrating her back in to the ‘breeding concept’ letting her run with breeding warmbloods, and with a constant exposure to Stallions.

It was with much anticipation, that First Again visited new KwaZulu-Natal sire ‘Irish Flame’ recently. With a supporting team of Carla, Keith and Farm Manager Dillyn Brijlall to witness the moment, and together with the participation of the Stallion Manager, Warwick Render of Bush Hill Stud, all were there to witness what turned out to be a participative mating. 30 days later, she is ‘Tested in Foal’, and we hope for the delivery of ‘something special’!

Thanks to everybody involved - it is in recording these stories that a romance is brought back in to the science of breeding!

And so the breeding season begins!

Thoroughbred Breeding SeasonBreeding Season Begins
(Photo : Ian Todd)

“Backworth has 46 mares being covered this season”

Backworth Stud got off to a good start to the season yesterday with 2 mares being covered in KwaZulu-Natal and 3 in the Cape, and more bookings for today.

It’s an exciting year for Backworth ahead, and with a confident belief that the Thoroughbred and Racing industry is moving forward, we have taken a calculated and strategic approach to an upgrade in the Broodmare band over the past year. With an aggressive investment in stallion shares, and bookings to a profiled selection of proven and exciting new Stallion prospects, Backworth has 46 mares being covered this season.

From the KwaZulu-Natal selection we are obviously supporting champion sire Kahal, stalwart Mogok, A.P. Answer and Torreador… and then new to the barn, Irish Flame, Byword, Crusade and Await The Dawn. We’re also supporting promising sire King’s Chapel, where his yearlings on the ground look very racy.

We have sent 14 mares down to the Western Cape, to board at Winterbach Stud, and they’ll be visiting super-sire Var, Champion Freshman sire Judpot, Gimmethegreenlight, new boy What A Winter, and exciting new prospect in South Africa, Oratorio!

‘Best Wishes’ to all fellow breeders for a magnificent season ahead!

Keith and Ian