Superb Performances from Backworth-Breds

Superb Performances from Backworth-Breds

We witnessed superb performances from Backworth-breds in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape this past week for trainers Michael Miller, Dorrie Sham and Tony Rivalland.

Great Racing Week For Backworth!

Great Racing Week For Backworth!

Backworth-bred Humidor made it 4 wins from just 6 starts when powering home in the Middle Stakes over 1200m at Scottsville Wednesday for trainer Tony Rivalland with maestro Anton Marcus up.

Chocolicious Fastnet Rock Filly On Magic Millions Weanling Sale

Chocolicious Fastnet Rock Filly On Magic Millions Weanling Sale

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.

Frankel - Chocolicious Filly fetches $610000 at Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

Frankel - Chocolicious Filly fetches $610000 at Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

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.

Tenacious Win for Be Fabulous

Tenacious Win for Be Fabulous

The contribution made to Cape racing and breeding by owner/breeder Peter De Beyer, can be described in many ways, not least... 'Fabulous'.

Flamin' Friday for Backworth-Breds!

Flamin' Friday for Backworth-Breds!

Spring has embraced KwaZulu-Natal with hints of the Summer heat to come. Whilst early days yet, Friday's temperatures were flamin'... off the racecourse... and on!

Fastnet Rock Filly Foal for Chocolicious

Fastnet Rock Filly Foal for Chocolicious

Backworth-bred Chocolicious has foaled a lovely Fastnet Rock filly down under for Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock. Here they are together... the foal just 48 hours old!

Taking in the CTS Ready To Run Gallops

Taking in the CTS Ready To Run Gallops

Although not consignors on the CTS Joburg Ready To Run Sale, we were very impressed with the three Backworth-bred lots presented by Balmoral Stud at the Summerhill gallops.

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.

Now that was 'Kotzen' Fabulous!

Now that was 'Kotzen' Fabulous!

Be Fabulous is by the ill-fated South African Top Five Sire, Kahal, out of the Rakeen mare, Ramp Model. She’s from the family of dual KwaZulu-Natal Stakes and dual George Azzie Memorial winner, Studio Star, and counts in her family the names of Classique Story, Signor Amigo and Hammer Belle.

Truly Blessed with Fantastic Foals!

Keith Russon, Hendrik Winterbach Snr and Hendrik Winterbach SnrKeith Russon, Hendrik Winterbach Snr and Hendrik Winterbach Snr / Ian Todd (p)

“We have been ‘Truly Blessed’ with our foals this season.”

We travelled down to the Cape last week to visit a few of our mares boarding at Winterbach Stud… as well as to see four new foals!

The mares and foals are looking fantastic and we are so appreciative to Hendrik Winterbach Snr & Jnr for the professional care and interest both have for our visiting contingent. It is a risky business travelling one’s mares away for the season, and the Winterbachs continue to do an excellent job for us!

Of the 16 mares sent to Winterbach, we have already had quite a few tested in foal and are awaiting results on a few others that have been covered.

As Hendrik Snr said, “We have been ‘Truly Blessed’ with our foals this season”, and our feeling is that this is the best crop Backworth has ever had, both physically and speciman-wise… and we are extremeley excited!

Here are four new arrivals; a strapping Byword colt out of Dancing Royale, a handsome Byword colt out of Cupid’s Daughter, a leggy Kahal colt out of Gilt Edge and an elegant Crusade filly out of Forbidden Woods.

Be Fabulous... Absolutely!

glen kotzen be fabulousGlen Kotzen and Be Fabulous / Ian Todd (p)

Kahal (GB) - Ramp Model (SAF) by Rakeen (USA)

Be Fabulous ramped up her race record Saturday over 2000m at Durbanville when claiming a model win for trainer Glen Kotzen with jockey Greig Cheyne up.

This ultra consistant filly from the family of dual KwaZulu-Natal Stakes (Listed) and dual George Azzie Memorial (Listed) winner, Studio Star, takes her career tally to 2 wins, 1 second, 3 thirds and a fourth from just 12 starts. Congratualtions to the Glen Kotzen stable and to owner Peter De Beyer.

Durbanville, Turf, 2000m
4 October 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 BE FABULOUS 53 8 G Cheyne Glen Kotzen
2 0.5 ZAKUSKA 52 3 *G Goormany -2.5kg Greg Ennion
3 1.5 THE QUEEN VIC 54 9 *X Carstens -2.5kg Paul Reeves
4 1.9 LIFT OFF 60 5 B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
5 3.9 PISTACCHIO 52 1 G Schlechter Vaughan Marshall
6 5.15 FIRTS OF MAY 53.5 2 G van Niekerk Mike Bass
7 7.4 LILY LAFITTE 52 6 O Noach Glen Kotzen
8 7.6 LONDON THEATRE 58 4 F Anthony Piet Steyn
9 9.35 JET TURBINE 57 7 A Domeyer Yogas Govender

Kadeze Scores Maiden for Tony Rivalland

kadeze and brandon lerenaKadeze / Gold Circle (p)

Kahal (GB) - Linda Grandeza (AUS) by Grand Lodge (USA)

Backworth-bred Kadeze broke her maiden Sunday over the speedy Scottsville 1000m in a time of 58.6 for trainer Tony Rivalland with jockey Brandon Lerena up.

Kadeze is from the family of Well Decorated (USA)  who recorded 6 wins including the Arlington-Washington Futurity Gr.1, Saratoga Special Stakes Gr.2, Bahamas Handicap Gr.3 and Sport Page Handicap (L) and Victorious (USA) who recorded 3 wins including Saratoga Special Stakes Gr.2, Juvenille Stakes Gr.3 and Flash Stakes (L).

Congratulations to owner, friend and stallwart Backworth supporter Mary Liley.

Kadeze is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

Scottsville, Turf, 1000m
7 September 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 KADEZE 58.0 10 B Lerena Tony Rivalland
2 0.8 MINNIE THE MINX 60.0 2 B Jacobson Wendy Whitehead
3 0.9 IN SIXTY SECONDS 58.0 5 I Sturgeon Doug Campbell
4 1.6 SORBONNE 60.0 8 A Forbes Chris Erasmus
5 1.8 PRINCESS ARIEL 60.0 6 S Randolph Corinne Bestel
6 3.2 HURRICANE NELL 58.0 3 * D Dillon Doug Campbell
7 4.2 ENCHANTED BAY 58.0 7 A Mgudlwa Garth Puller
8 6.5 CATCHING ZEDS 60.0 4 *C Murray (4.0kg) Mike Pappas
9 7.8 CARTOUCHE 58.0 12 M Yeni Mark Dixon
10 9.8 APOSTLE ADVANCING 58.0 11 K de Melo Gavin van Zyl
11 9.8 LUNJIWE 58.0 13 * L Mohapi (2.5) Charles Laird
12 12.6 QUEENMEAD 58.0 1 D Daniels Miss BL Impey
13 13.3 ROY’S DOCTOR 60.0 14 W Kennedy Kumaran Naidoo
14 19.0 RHUMBA 58.0 9 * B Claasen Doug Campbell

Frankel Filly for Backworth-bred Chocolicious

Frankel and ChocoliciousFrankel and Chocolicious / Telegraph - Gold Circle (p)


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.

Extracts from KZN Breeders

Chocolicious fetches €400,000 at Goffs November in foal to Frankel

Chocolicious wins last race in South AfricaChocolicious (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Kahal (GB) - Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot (USA)

To hear the words Backworth Stud, Kahal, Chocolicious and Frankel in one sentence should be enough to get anyone to sitting up and taking notice. Keith Russon and Ian Todd’s Backworth-bred Chocolicious, a Grade 1 Allan Robertson winner and a daughter of Kahal, sold for €400,000 at the Goff’s breeding stock sale in Ireland in foal to Frankel.

The mare was one of three at the sale in foal to Frankel, and was bred to Southern Hemisphere time, consigned for Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock by Ballyhane Stud.

KZN-bred Chocolicious (rated MR 105) won six races from 1000 to 1200m in South Africa, and placed in the UAE 1000 Guineas. Chocolicious is out of Grade 3 winning daughter of Exclusive Patriot, Candy Box - herself out of a 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.

The 6-year-old mare was bought by agent Oliver St Lawrence.

Backworth Stud recently won the KZN Breeders Award for Champion Two-Year-Old colt, the Grade 2 winning son of Judpot - Colour Of Courage. Kahal was fittingly awarded KZN Breeders Stallion Of Year yet again, and also had the added accolade of being the sire of the Horse Of The Year, filly Festival Of Fire.

Extract from KZN Breeders

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


Chocolicious to sell in foal to Frankel

Chocolicious wins last race in South AfricaChocolicious (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

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.

Chocolicious is bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud in Eston, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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

Usuthu! Usuthu! The war cry echoes...

Colt Foal by Kahal out of War EchoWar Echo with her colt foal by Kahal
(Photo : Ian Todd)

Kahal (GB) - War Echo (SAF)

Cetshwayo led a powerful army of young Zulu fighters called “uSuthu” named for their bloodcurdling war cry, “uSuthu” which, when incited during battle, implored the ancestors to beseach upon them the strength and bravery of fallen Zulu warriors.”

…and as the winter chill wanes and the new spring dawns we gaze through the morning mist upon the Zulu hinterland below; from the Indian Ocean in the East to the uKhahlamba Mountains in the North West. And if we’re very still, from the depths of the sacred Umkomaas Valley over the hills to the West, we hear the ghostly war echos of Cetshwayo and his Usuthu… “Usuthu… Usuthu”… as if foreboding the coming of a new Zulu king.

Here is one of our recent arrivals to Backworth, a strong Kahal colt foal out of our mare War Echo, a half sister to Stormsvlei - dam of Pocket Power and River Jetez.