Keith Russon

Scenes from the KZN Yearling Sales at Sibaya

Scenes from the KZN Yearling Sales at Sibaya

Photos from the Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale this morning. Ian and Keith with Brian Burnard, the team from Team G Racing, Lot 72 Hale Kapu (Crusade x Forbidden Woods) and Lot 126 Love Theme (Oratorio x Lewinsky's Lover), the half sister to Scottsville 1200m course record holder, Humidor.

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.

Michael Miller / MD Miller Racing Stables

Michael Miller / MD Miller Racing Stables

Backworth Stud – the 'Jewel of Eston' is a quality operation that breeds well-conformed, sound and quality thoroughbred individuals who are a pleasure to work with.

Miss Frankel... Something Special!

Miss Frankel... Something Special!

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 Filly for Backworth-bred Chocolicious

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

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.

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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

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE
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

Island Fiesta Challenging for KZN Breeders Series Top Spot

island fiesta - kzn breeders seriesIsland Fiesta (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY
29 June 2014

The much anticipated KZN Breeders Race Day is set to be staged on 29 June 2014 at Clairwood racecourse. The fourth log for ‘three-year-olds and up’ has been published and sees the ultra consistent Backworth-bred Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) fighting out the top spot with the formidable Summerhill Stud-bred Negev (Stronghold - Haifaa).

Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, Island Fiesta is trained by Wendy Whitehead and owned by a syndicate including Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak, Sanjeeth Ramsewak and Miss W Whitehead.

Aptly named Island Fiesta, out of Backworth’s Austalian mare Burmuda Junction, by Is It True (USA), has only been out of the money on three occasions from 17 starts - winning four of them, scoring five seconds and placing five times. Burmuda Junction has produced seven winners from eight runners, including recent Backworth-bred winner by Atso, Bermuda Breeze.

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)
For 3-Year-Olds and Up
As at 1 April 2014

# Horse Age Sex Trainer Breeder Points
1 NEGEV 4 F Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 35
2 ISLAND FIESTA 5 G Wendy Whitehead Backworth Stud 30
3 CINEMA SCOPE 5 G Gavin van Zyl Scott Bros 29
4 THE MONEY SHOT 4 G Sean Tarry Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 26
5 THE MUTINEER 4 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 24
6 CAYENNE 3 F Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 23
7 AUCTION KING 3 G Paul Lafferty Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 22
8 EUPHORIA 4 F Johan Janse van Vuuren GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 22
9 UMOYANA 4 F Tony Rivalland Summerhill Stud 22
10 ENCHANTED SILK 3 F Sean Tarry Gold Star Stud 21
11 FLYFIRSTCLASS 4 G Craig Eudey Summerhill Stud 21
12 MISS K 5 M Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 21
13 HANA 3 F Gavin van Zyl Summerhill Stud 20
14 SUCH FUN 5 M Tony Rivalland Mr GH Rowles 20
15 KING JACE 4 G Garth Puller Mr & Mrs R J Clarkin T/A Clarkin Thoroughbred Services  19
16 RHEIMS 5 G Alec Laird Tertia Properties (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr S C Harley)  19
17 ADMIRAL’S EYE 3 F Charles Laird A Magid & Summerhill Stud 18
18 AFRICAN GLADIATOR 7 G Cliffie Miller Mr BD van Laun 18
19 HIGHLAND FLING 5 G Mike Pappas Mr ML Pappas 18
20 PIANO MAN 4 G James Goodman Mr & Mrs AW Procter 18

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Team at the Farm

Patrick Chiutsi, Robert Mbele and Dillyn BrijlalStud Team - Patrick Chiutsi, Robert Mbele and Dillyn Brijlal
(Photo : Ian Todd)

Dillyn Brijlal has recently been promoted to Farm Manager at Backworth Stud.

Dillyn is taking the responsibility seriously and continues to maintain the Backworth property and Management of the Horses to the highest professional standard, and with the attention to detail, for which Backworth is renowned.

We look to Dillyn and his Stud team, which includes Patrick Chiutsi (Stud Foreman) and Robert Mbele (Assistant Stud Foreman), to prepare the Yearlings for various Sales this year under guidance from the experienced eye of owner Keith Russon.

Island Fiesta leads KZN Breeders Series Log - 19 February 2014

island fiesta - kzn breeders seriesIsland Fiesta (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY
29 June 2014

The much anticipated KZN Breeders Race Day is set to be staged on 29 June 2014 at Clairwood racecourse. The second log for ‘three-year-olds and up’ sees sire Miesque’s Approval with the first two on the log. Backworth Stud-bred Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) leads with 24 points, ahead of Auction King (Miesque’s Approval - Eli’s Thread) and Flyfirstclass (Kahal - Radiant Lass).

Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, Island Fiesta is trained by Wendy Whitehead and owned by a syndicate including Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak, Sanjeeth Ramsewak and Miss W Whitehead.

Island Fiesta, aptly named out of Backworth’s Austalian mare Burmuda Junction, by Is It True (USA), has only been out of the money twice from 16 starts - winning four of them, and placing 10 times. Burmuda Junction has produced seven winners from eight runners, including recent Backworth-bred winner by Atso, Bermuda Breeze.

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)
For 3-Year-Olds and Up
As at 19 February 2014

# Horse Age Sex Trainer Breeder Points
1 ISLAND FIESTA 5 G Wendy Whitehead Backworth Stud 24
2 AUCTION KING 3 G Paul Lafferty Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 22
3 FLYFIRSTCLASS 4 G Craig Eudey Summerhill Stud 21
4 NEGEV 4 F Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 20
5 EUPHORIA 4 F Johan Janse van Vuuren GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 19
6 ADMIRAL’S EYE 3 F Charles Laird A Magid & Summerhill Stud 18
7 CINEMA SCOPE 5 G Gavin van Zyl Scott Bros 18
8 THE MONEY SHOT 4 G Sean Tarry Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 18
9 THE MUTINEER 4 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 18
10 TORA TORA 3 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 18
11 UMOYANA 4 F Tony Rivalland Summerhill Stud 18
12 HANA 3 F Gavin van Zyl Summerhill Stud 17
13 DODGE CITY 5 G Pat Lunn Summerhill Stud 16
14 MISS K 5 M Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 16
15 PARTY DOLL 4 F Chris Erasmus Orangewood Stud 16
16 FLIGHT WARNING 3 C Gary Alexander Summerhill Stud 15
17 RED LABEL 3 F Dennis Drier GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 15
18 SUTHERFENI 5 M Kumaran Naidoo Mr L Nunan 15
19 CAYENNE 3 F Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 14
20 COSTWOLD 6 M Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 14

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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)

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS
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!

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS
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
APACHE ROSE Scott Bros
Stallion Prospect of the Year
ADMIRE MAIN Summerhill Stud
Stallion of the Year
KAHAL Bush Hill Stud
Leading Breeder of the Year
SUMMERHILL STUD
Breeders’ Achievement Award
PIERRE DU TOIT
Special Lifetime Achievement Award
MR CJ SAUNDERS
International Achievement Award
THE APACHE Scott Bros
Anita Akal Industry Award
TONI DOLSTRA
Horse of the Year
FESTIVAL OF FIRE Mr CJ Saunders & Lady C O’Reilly

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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!

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

Keith Russon discusses Backworth Stud's NYS Draft

keith russon nys 2013 rss

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
26 - 28 April 2013

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“WE ARE WORTH BACKING.”

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Render and Maharaj Families enjoy 'Fine Midlands Hospitality'

Render and Maharaj FamiliesDillyn Brijlall, Karen Render, Johan Alberts, Ash Maharaj, Keith Russon, Warwick Render, Jason Render, Rajesh Maharaj and Radhika Maharaj
(Image : Ian Todd)

Backworth welcomed Warwick, Karen and Jason Render of Bush Hill Stud and Ash Maharaj from SA Horseracing.com with daughter Radhika and father Rajesh, to the farm this past weekend for some fine Midlands hospitality.