KZN Breeders Million Mile

Scandal Heads KZN Breeders Series Log 2

Scandal Heads KZN Breeders Series Log 2

The second KZN Breeders Series Log for two-year-olds published this week has seen the impressive Backworth Stud-bred debut winner, Scandal, moving to the head of affairs.

Variometer Dazzles on KZN Breeders Race Day

Variometer - KZN Breeders 1200Variometer - KZN Breeders 1200
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Clairwood, 30 June 2013

The KZN Breeders raceday at Clairwood Sunday went down a rip-roaring success.

Headlined by the extremely competitive R1million KwaZulu-Natal Breeders Million Mile, it was evident on the day that increased sales profiling and lip service of the past few years had come to fruition!

From a Backworth perspective, we had two runners on the day; two half-sisters out of our Hennessey mare Lady Electric - Variometer by Var and Dazzle by Muhtafal.

To our delight, the pair ran an impressive 1st and 2nd in the R200,000 Midlands Thoroughbreds KwaZulu-Natal Breeders 1200 for trainers Louis Goosen and Glen Kotzen respectively.

The Summerhill Stud-bred Selborne Supremecy (Kahal - Selborne Park) took honours for trainer Sean Tarry in the Backworth Stud-sponsored R200,000 KwaZulu-Natal Breeders 1900.

Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
30 June 2013

Win Time : 72.36

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARIOMETER 60.0 102 4 P Strydom Louis Goosen
2 0.75 DAZZLE 52.0 80 8 G van Niekerk Glen Kotzen
3 2.00 JOYFUL SPIRIT 56.0 88 1 S Cormack Dennis Drier
4 2.25 PREAMBLE 52.0 80 9 JP van der Merwe Pat Lunn
5 2.50 IKATI 50.0 69 7 * N Juglall Kumaran Naidoo
6 3.50 INDIGO CHILD 50.0 73 3 * C Zackey Duncan Howells
7 4.75 MAGIC POTION 50.0 69 5 W Kennedy Gary Alexander
8 11.00 KALAAM 60.0 102 6 K Shea Stanley Ferreira
9 11.10 HONOLULU 50.0 72 2 * K de Melo Mark Dixon

Late Scratchings

10 0.00 SWELL PARTY 54.0 80 8 A Delpech Tony Rivalland
11 0.00 MORE CHING CHING 50.0 67 6 M Yeni Alistair Gordon

The Mecca of African Racing

Grayville RacecourseGreyville Racecourse - home to the R3.5million Vodacom Durban July
(Image : Gameplan)

Durban, South Africa

Champions Season 2013 - the most comprehensive thoroughbred racing festival on the African Continent and one of the biggest and best in the world, is set to be the most exciting in years culminating in the ultimate prize, ‘Africa’s Greatest Horserace’, the internationally acclaimed Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July.

The stakes pot for the Champions Season feature races in KwaZulu-Natal has been given a R6million cash injection which represents a 28% increase on current levels.

Announcing the increases, Gold Circle’s Racing and Marketing Executive, Graeme Hawkins, said: “This is another step towards ensuring KwaZulu-Natal remains the racing capital of the country and is consistent with Gold Circle’s vision of a new era of growth for owners, trainers and the sport of horseracing in this province. These increases will hopefully ensure that all the country’s top horses will be seen in action during Champions Season and we are looking forward to one of our best winter seasons ever.”

This news follows hot on the heels of Gold Circle’s announcement last week of an across the board stakes increase of between 10% and 11% for all minor races in the province and the news that this year’s Vodacom Durban July will be run for a stake of R3,5 million, making it the richest horserace on the continent.

The biggest Champions Season increases are the R500,000 added to the Vodacom Durban July stake, while the Daily News 2000 also gets a R500,000 cash injection and this year will be run for a stake of R1,5 million.

The stake for the Woolavington 2000, run on the same afternoon as the Daily News 2000, has been increased to R750,000. The stake for the Gold Cup, the country’s most important race for stayers and final feature of the season, also goes up by R250,000 and will carry a stake of R1,25 million. Other significant increases for the Grade 1 races include the Golden Horse Sprint and Mercury Sprint, now both worth R750,000, the SA Fillies Sprint, up R100,000 to R600,000 and the Garden Province Stakes, up R250,000 to R750,000.

Added to Champions Season this year is the KwaZulu-Natal Breeders’ Race Day scheduled for the Saturday before the Vodacom Durban July when the KZN Breeders’ Million Mile worth R1million will hold center stage. The Million Mile will be backed up by seven other races all with a stake of R200,000.

KZN Breeders Race Day Initiative

Koos de Klerk (KZN Breeders Chairman with Julie AlexanderKZN Breeders’ Chairman, Koos De Klerk, discusses the KZN Breeders Race Day with Julie Alexander
(Photo : KZN Breeders)

30 June 2013

Thoroughbred breeders in KwaZulu-Natal have initiated some unique marketing strategies over the years but under the umbrella of the KZN Breeders’ Club they have embarked on their most ambitious project yet with the announcement of the KZN Breeders Day to be held at Greyville on Sunday, 30 June 2013.

Supporting the R1million KZN Breeders Mile will be six other races carrying a stake of R200,000 each but restricted to horses that qualify as KZN-breds. The meeting comes the weekend before the KZN Yearling Sale and will give added incentive to prospective buyers to invest in KZN-bred stock.

The six supporting races will be two races each over 1200m, 1600m and 1900m, one each for fillies and mares and colts and geldings respectively. The races will be open to all horses country-wide whose credentials meet the criteria of ‘KZN bred’ as prescribed by the rules of the KZN Breeders Premium Scheme.

Horses need to be pre-entered to qualify for the races at a nominal fee of R50 plus VAT with first nominations closing on Friday, 14 December 2012. Early entry ensures that all horses nominated can be timeously checked to ensure that they qualify as KZN breds. However, there will be a further supplementary entry stage on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 with a supplementary fee of R2,000 plus VAT.

To qualify for the races, points will be awarded in the months leading up to the racemeeting. Horses registered at first entry will receive a 4-point bonus but horses supplemented in April will not qualify for the bonus. Points for Maiden races will be awarded on a 4, 3, 2 basis for first, second and third. All other races, including Grade 1’s, will have points awarded from first to fifth on 8, 6, 4, 3, 1 basis. Points will be awarded regardless of the distance of the races and it will be up to the connections of the horses as to which races they nominate for. The intention is to publish a points log on a fortnightly basis.

This season, points will be earned from 1 January, 2013 but as from next year the initial entry stage will be the first day of the season, Thursday, 1 August 2013.

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Greyville, Durban, South Africa
1 July 2012

The KZN Breeder’s Race Day was a great success - first time running for R1million in the KZN Breeders Million Mile, first time at Greyville Racecourse in the week building up to the Vodacom Durban July, and first time hosted in The Classic Room.

The Classic Room was decorated to embrace the Durban July theme of ‘Material World’ and ‘Sustainability’. There was a party atmosphere amongst the 260 guests who, despite the exciting racing, enjoyed the excellent catering supplied by Harris and Homes, had fun in the Photo Booth, participated in the silent auction for the enticing selection of donated goods, and partook in a session with the Tarot Card reader!

It was a positive endorsement to the enthusiasm and effort that the KZN Breeder’s are making in order to raise the profile of racing and breeding in our wonderful province, and with the further, additional R1million race next July day, things are looking good!!

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