Colour Of Courage Delivers The Best Developers Cup

Colour Of Courage Delivers The Best Developers Cup

Backworth-bred Colour Of Courage (Judpot - Exclusive Honour) opened his winning account in Mauritius Saturday for trainer Gilbert Rousset with Mauritian jockey Reehaze Hoolash up.

Bon Voyage to our Ladies!!

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
Plush Fort Wood n/a Var
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

The Team behind our National Yearling Sales Draft!

backworth stud team behind national yearling sale draft(l to r) Owners Keith Russon and Ian Todd, Farm Manager Dillyn Brijlal, Stud Vet Dr Carla Langley and Scotties Rupert and Xavier Todd Russon

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
27 - 28 April 2014

The showpiece of South African yearling sales, the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, is rapidly approaching… now just a few days away!

The Nationals take place at the TBA Sales Complex in Gosforth Park, Germiston and Backworth Stud consigns a select draft including a classy, quality Silvano colt, a well grown, scopey daughter of sensational second season sire Judpot, a superb colt by champion Western Winter with a near perfect confirmation, and a magnificent, extremely athletic filly with an illustrious pedigree by Muhtafal.

Lot 5 ALLOY (Silvano (GER) - Refined Gold)
Lot 186 JOLLERIE (Judpot (USA) - Angel Bells)
Lot 192 ICE RUN (Western Winter (USA) - Blue Lace Agate)
Lot 406 SCANDAL (Muhtafal (USA) - Lewinsky’s Lover)

We look forward to seeing you at the sales!

Keith and Ian

Champions Honoured at 2013 KZN Breeders Awards

KZN Breeders Awards 2013 - Backworth StudKeith Russon and Ian Todd receive the Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt award for Colour Of Courage on behalf of the Backworth Stud team
(Photo : KZN Breeders)

16 November 2013

“Backworth Stud is proud to have received the award for Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt,
for the Backworth-bred Colour Of Courage (Judpot - Exclusive Honour),
winner of the Grade 2 Umkhomazi Stakes.”

The KZN Breeders Awards took place for the third year at the beautiful and scenic Bellwood Stud owned by Willie and Jeanine Messenger - made even more special for the Messengers with their Grade 3 winning filly, Enchanted Kingdom, being a nominee this year.

(Click here to check out the gallery from the evening)

With a full house attended by Breeders, Owners and Trainers alike, the Chairman of the KZN Breeders Association - Koos De Klerk, opened the prestigious evening by saying that he was very excited about the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the KZN Breeders Association. “I would like to think that we could build on what we started - expanding and building even further on the success we have had in the sales ring by promoting KwaZulu-Natal-bred horses as a brand that we can all be proud of. We enjoyed the most brilliant KZN Breeders day this year - racing for R2.5million for KZN-bred horses only. We seem to have been so successful that we have become the victims of our own success!”

Champion sire for 2013 was once again the great son of Machiavellian standing at Bush Hill Stud - the magnificent Kahal owned by Shadwell Stud. Represented at the awards by six nominees, a number in repeat categories, Kahal is consistently in the top four of the National Sires log and responsible for the outstanding filly voted as KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year - Festival Of Fire, bred by Mr Chris Saunders and Lady O’Reilly. A six-time winner including a Grade 2 and two Grade 3 races, Festival Of Fire descends from the immediate dam-line of another KZN-bred champion in Jet Master.

The KZN Breeders honoured Chris Saunders this year with an Award for Special Lifetime Achievement, which manager Fili Bowles accepted on his behalf: “I am sure that I speak for all the people that have served him in this industry from the early days. We have all been privilege to his loyalty, generosity of spirit and kind and his great wealth of knowledge and wisdom. Words cannot express the time, effort and financial commitment he has devoted to this industry, and so on behalf of Chris Saunders from the bottom of my heart I am so grateful to all present here tonight for honouring this great man.”

Festival Of Fire took home three awards, including Outstanding 3-Year-Old-Filly, Outstanding Sprinter Female and Outstanding Middle Distance Female. Kahal didn’t stop there however - his Grade 1 winning son Love Struck took home the Outstanding 3-Year-Old Colt award, as well as Outstanding Middle Distance Male, with another plain bay daughter in Checcetti being awarded Outstanding Older Female - both of the latter horses bred by KZN’s (and South Africa’s) Leading breeders’ Summerhill Stud. Glynis Van Der Merwe had the rare honour of having two horses nominated for the evening - an extremely impressive achievement for a smaller breeder. She had previous winner Las Ramblas nominated for Outstanding Middle Distance Female, and Approachable in the Outstanding Sprinter Male.

Seal, bred by Dr Heyns and born and raised at Bush Hill Stud, has had an outstanding year - and fittingly took home two awards - Outstanding Male Stayer and Outstanding Older Male.

Summerhill Stud’s Japanese import, the striking chestnut stallion Admire Main took home the Award for Stallion Prospect of the Year. His daughter Admiral’s Eye, Grade 1 placed on Vodacom Durban July day, won Outstanding 2-Year-Old Filly, while Joyce and Robin Scott took home the International Achievement Award for the highly successful overseas campaign of The Apache (by Mogok) and Broodmare Of The Year to Apache Rose, the dam of Mogok, who sadly passed away earlier this year in foal once again to Mogok.

Their other Mogok success of the evening was Meadow Magic, the Grade 2 Emerald Cup winner. The Breeders Achievement Award sponsored by Summerhill Stud went to an ecstatic Pierre Du Toit, breeder of Kinematic Countess – for boasting the best average stakes earned per runner for the previous season.

Mick Goss received the Anita Akal Award on behalf of Toni Dolstra, a lady who dedicated 25 years to the administration of the KZN Breeders Premium Scheme - the only one of its kind in South Africa.

The KZN Breeders thanked all its supporters and sponsors for the evening, and especially to Gold Circle for their ongoing support. Koos De klerk ended his speech fittingly: “I congratulate Robert Mauvis and his Board - their vision to continually improve the profile of KZN racing and more particularly in their move to ensure Greyville becomes the Capital of South African Racing with improvements to the tracks, the centre and the introduction of Friday night racing every Friday night. Please be assured the KZN Breeders Club is right behind you!”

A big thank you to all those who attended and supported our special evening - in particular to our sponsors who helped to make it possible: Odds On Colours, Equine (two awards), Suthile Feeds, Choice Carriers, Epol Feeds, Racing Association, Equifeeds, Kuda, Spurwing, Thoroughbred Breeders Association (two awards), Gold Circle (three awards), Almiray Vet Practice and Balmoral Stud.

Congratulations to all the winners!


Horse Sire Dam Breeder
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt
COLOUR OF COURAGE Judpot Exclusive Honour Backworth Stud
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly
ADMIRAL’S EYE Admire Main Surfer’s Eye Alan Magid & Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt
LOVE STRUCK Kahal Particular Passion Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly
FESTIVAL OF FIRE Kahal Fuel Of Fire CJ Saunders & Lady C O’Reilly
Outstanding Older Male
SEAL Silvano Prestine Performer IR Heyns
Outstanding Older Female
CHECCETTI Kahal Dancer’s Choice Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Sprinter Female 1000m - 1450m
FESTIVAL OF FIRE Kahal Fuel Of Fire CJ Saunders & Lady C O’Reilly
Outstanding Sprinter Male 1000m - 1450m
MEADOW MAGIC Mogok Shoe Danzig Scott Bros
Outstanding Middle Distance Male 1600m - 2200m
LOVE STRUCK Kahal Particular Passion Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Middle Distance Female 1600m - 2200m
FESTIVAL OF FIRE Kahal Fuel Of Fire CJ Saunders & Lady C O’Reilly
Outstanding Male Stayer 2400m +
SEAL Silvano Prestine Performer IR Heyns
Outstanding Female Stayer 2400m +
SALUTATION Requiem Tribute Summerhill Stud
Broodmare of the Year
Stallion Prospect of the Year
ADMIRE MAIN Summerhill Stud
Stallion of the Year
KAHAL Bush Hill Stud
Leading Breeder of the Year
Breeders’ Achievement Award
Special Lifetime Achievement Award
International Achievement Award
Anita Akal Industry Award
Horse of the Year
FESTIVAL OF FIRE Mr CJ Saunders & Lady C O’Reilly


Equus Awards 2013 : Congratulations to our Champions!

Equus Awards 2013Equus Awards 2013
(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

South African Horseracing Season

The entire Backworth team wishes to take this opportunity to congratulate all our Equus Champions for the 2012/13 South African Racing Season!

And what a season it turned out to be with one of the most excting finales in recent history as both the Trainers and Breeders Championships went down to the wire, with jet-setting Mike de Kock and fellow KwaZulu-Natal breeder Summerhill Stud pipping contemporaries Vodacom Durban July victor Sean Tarry and Cape-based Klawervlei Stud repectively.

The International Achievement Award fell to Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint winner, Shea Shea, and the Outstanding Stallion Achievement deservedly went to young stallion sensation, Judpot, standing at Varsfontein Stud in partnership with the internationally renowned Niarchos Family.

Our team also wishes to acknowledge the fine efforts of all connections of Horse of the Year, Variety Club, the wonder miler who was unbeaten in five races over the year including the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge.

Another fantastic season down… and here’s to an even greater 2013/14!

Keith and Ian

Emperors Palace
14 August 2013

International Achievement Award
Shea Shea
Champion Two-Year-Old Colt
Champion Two-Year-Old Filly
Along Came Polly
Champion Three-Year-Old Colt
Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
Cherry On The Top
Champion Older Male
Variety Club
Champion Older Filly / Mare
Beach Beauty
Champion Sprinter (1000m - 1200m)
What a Winter
Champion Miler (1400m - 1600m)
Variety Club
Champion Middle-Distance (1400m - 2200m)
Heavy Metal
Champion Stayer (2400m+)
Jeppe’s Reef
Champion Stallion
Silvano - Maine Chance Farms
Champion Broodmare
Akinfeet - Lammerskraal Stud
Champion Breeder
Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Stallion Achievement
Judpot - Varsfontein Stud
Breeder Award - Exceptional International Achievement
Shea Shea - Klawervlei
Media Award - Print
David Thiselton
Media Award - Television
Jimmy Lithgow
Apprentice of the Year
Nooresh Juglall
Champion Jockey
Piere Strydom
Champion Trainer
Mike de Kock
Owners of the Year
Ingrid and Markus Jooste
Horse Of The Year
Variety Club

Thank You!

Backworth Stud

To our buyers and bidders, the underbidders and the brave hearted, and those who traipsed the TBA Sale Grounds in pursuit of their racy thoroughbred - ‘Thank You’ for your participation and support!

At Backworth we continually strive to raise the profile of our stock, our Stud and our relationships, and we hope that our 2011 Vintage offered at this year’s National Sale, proves that we were worth backing!

The week ended well with our sales average up, our turnover up, and with great performances from our 2010 Vintage purchased at the 2012 KZN Yearling Sales, we give thanks and toast ‘Colour of Courage’s (Judpot / Exclusive Honour) victory in the Grade 2 Umkhomazi Stakes for trainer Mike Miller, and to ‘Dazzle’ (Muhtafal / Lady Electric) breaking her maiden in emphatic style for trainer Glen Kotzen.

We look forward to meeting again - on the track, in the auction ring, and through continuing industry interaction.

Thank You!

Keith and Ian

Colour Of Courage Aces Umkhomazi Stakes

Colour Of Courage - Umkhomazi StakesColour Of Courage (SAF) - Umkhomazi Stakes (Grade 2)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Judpot (USA) - Exclusive Honour (SAF) by Exclusive Patriot (USA)

Backworth-bred Colour Of Courage, a son of ‘talk of the National Sales’ Judpot out of our Exclusive Patriot mare Exclusive Honour, won his second start in the Grade 2 Umkhomazi Stakes over 1200m at Scottsville Sunday. The unbeaten two-year-old chestnut colt is the first Graded winner for sire Judpot who stands at Varsfontein Stud in partnership with the internationally renowned Niarchos Family.

A R140,000 graduate of the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale (which seems to be yielding a talented group of young horses already including the likes of Stakes winning Jimmi Choo and Grade 2 winning Virgo’s Babe already), Colour Of Courage got his career off to a blazing start by winning on debut at Greyville by half a length on 4 April over 1300m, beating Var colt Translator by half a length.

Trained by Michael and Rae Miller and piloted by Sean Veale on both occasions, Colour Of Courage took home the Umkhomazi Stakes by half a length from Ace Antonius (Antonius Pius) with Journeyman (Trippi) finishing third. Winning jockey Sean Veale labelled the winner ‘one of best babies in the Miller yard.’

Owned by Michel Nairac, Robert Maingard and Baroness Bergsma of Longford, Colour Of Courage takes his stakes earnings to R170,000 from just 2 starts.

As a KZN-bred, Colour Of Courage qualifies for the R200,000 two-year-old race on KZN Breeders Race Day to be staged on 30 June 2013, as well as the R1million KZN Breeders Juvenile race taking place on Vodacom Durban July day - the latter being exclusively for horses who graduated from the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale.

Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
For 2 Year-Olds
28 April 2013

Win Time : 70.45

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 COLOUR OF COURAGE 58.0 0 1 S Veale Michael Miller
2 0.50 ACE ANTONIUS 58.0 0 2 S Cormack Vaughan Marshall
3 1.00 JOURNEYMAN 58.0 0 8 A Marcus Mike de Kock
4 6.00 FLY AT EM 58.0 0 10 A Forbes Duncan Howells
5 6.15 PLAYINGTHEENEMY (AUS) 58.0 0 3 G Hatt Justin Snaith
6 8.65 VELVET VERONA 58.0 0 4 S Chambers Corne Spies
7 10.15 SPRITZER 58.0 0 6 S Randolph Kumaran Naidoo
8 15.15 DREAM IN COMBAT 58.0 0 7 J Samuel Deon Visser
9 15.65 PETER CULTURE 58.0 0 9 K Shea Robbie Hill
10 16.65 HYPODROMO DA GAVEA 58.0 0 5 C Orffer Corne Spies

Late Scratching

11 0.00 VEE EIGHT 58.0 0 2 M Odendaal Corne Spies

Extracts from KZN Breeders

The Colour Of Courage

Colour Of Courage HorseRae Miller, Michel Nairac and Robert Maingard lead in Colour Of Courage
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Judpot (USA) - Exclusive Honour (SAF) by Exclusive Patriot (USA)

Backworth-bred Colour Of Courage (Judpot - Exclusive Honour) scored a tenacious first win, first time out in the first at Greyville Friday evening for the experienced training duo of Mike and Rae Miller under jockey Sean Veale.

Varsfontein owner Susan Rowett Kalmanson (Chairperson of the TBA), and Carl and Amanda de Vos must be excited about their new young stallion JUDPOT who seems to be producing the goods. He has perfect bloodlines being a half-brother to Sire of Sire’s Kingmambo and is by multiple Champion Sire and leading Sire of Sires A.P. Indy and is out of multiple Champion racemare, Miesque. Mieque recorded a total of 10 Grade 1 wins in her racing career including an uprecidented Breeder’s Cup Mile win by a decisive margin. The french-trained daughter of Nureyev earned a Timeform rating of 133 and was elected into the USA Hall of Fame.

Colour Of Courage is a Backworth graduate of the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale and our gut tells us this colt is one to watch.

Congratulations to winning owners Baroness Bergsma of Longford, Michel Nairac (Gold Circle CEO) and Robert Maingard.

Greyville, Night, Turf, 1300m
5 April 2013

Win Time : 80.23

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 COLOUR OF COURAGE 58.0 0 6 S Veale Michael Miller
2 0.50 TRANSLATOR 58.0 0 2 A Marcus Charles Laird
3 1.75 THE FIFTH DAY 58.0 0 4 A Forbes Michael Miller
4 2.75 DELAWARE BAY 58.0 0 7 K Shea Charles Laird
5 7.75 MOI ISTH 58.0 0 5 M Yeni Kumaran Naidoo
6 8.50 MOON FLIGHT 58.0 0 8 B Lerena Gavin van Zyl
7 9.25 COWBOY 58.0 0 3 I Sturgeon Doug Campbell
8 15.75 MELODY PIPA 58.0 0 1 A Delpech Robbie Hill

Newmarket mist and drizzle for Baroness Bergsma of Longford

baroness bergsma of longford rss

Backworth enjoyed trainer Mike Miller’s support at the 2012 KZN Yearling Sales with his purchase of Colour Of Courage - a lovely Judpot yearling out of our Exclusive Patriot mare, Exclusive Honour.

It was lovely to welcome Mike and his team to Backworth on the weekend to share in a little Eston mist and drizzle, a wholesome luncheon and a fair share of banter and laughter… as well as to inspect our yearlings, albeit in the rain!

Together with Baroness Bergsma of Longford, Mike and Rae Miller, Mike Strydom and Marc and Nicola Coppez, a fun day was had by all. Baroness could have been back home in Newmarket, with our overcast and wet weather!


Filly Foal by Judpot out of Angel Bells

Angel Bells with her filly foal by Judpot
(Photo : Ian Todd)


First came a handsome colt foal by Miesque’s Approval out of Rise Again, then came a beautiful filly foal by Muhtafal out of Lewinsky’s Lover and now we’re excited to announce the arrival of a spectacular filly foal by Judpot out of our maiden mare, Angel Bells.


John Kramer inspects YearlingJohn Kramer inspects our National Sales Yearlings.
(Photo: Backworth Stud)

27 - 29 April 2012

John Kramer and Stanley Bennett visited Backworth yesterday to score our nominated Yearlings for the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale to be held from 27 - 29 April 2012 in Johannesurg.

We were delighted with the scores, which show we have a well balanced and consistent crop of yearlings for potential purchasers.


Yearling Sire Mare Score
THRILL FACTOR Windrush (USA) Auburn Annio (USA) 8
MAID FOR WAR A.P. Arrow (USA) Battalia (SNL) 9
BLACK DIAMOND Kahal (GB) Blue Lace Agate (SAF) 9
PRIVATE GAME Kahal (GB) Collection Prive (SAF) 8.5
DOWN SIR! DOWN Count Dubois (GB) Feather Bed (IRE) 8
GRANDEUR Judpot (USA) Linda Grandeza (AUS) 8.5
TOO MUCH FUN Admire Main (JPN) Merriment (SAF) 8
LUCKY BREAK Muhtafal (USA) Moving On Up (SAF) 9.5
BE FABULOUS Kahal (GB) Ramp Model (SAF) 8.5
RITES OF SPRING Silvano (GER) September Bells (SAF) 8




Richard McElligott, Alec Hogg, Matthew McElligott, Keith Russon and Mary LileyRichard McElligott, Matthew McElligott, Alec Hogg, Keith Russon and Mary Liley

Keith with guests Richard McElligott, Matthew McElligott, Alec Hogg and Mary Liley
Left : Too Much Fun (Admire Main (Jpn) - Merriment)
Right : Grandeur (Judpot (USA) - Linda Grandeza (AUS))

“All I want for Christmas…”

The ‘grandeur’ of the festive season has come and gone with many of us indulging in just a little ‘too much fun’. With a buzz of visitors to the farm over the past month, do you think our guests got what they wanted for Christmas?