KwaZulu-Natal Horseracing

Colour Of Courage leads KZN Breeders Juvenile Million Log

Colour of Courage HorseBackworth-bred Colour Of Courage
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Greyville, 6 July 2013

The first log for the KZN Breeders Juvenile Million race to be held on Vodacom Durban July day, 6 July 2013, was released to the the media yesterday. The race, for a stake of R1-million, is a fantastic incentive to buy a yearling off the 2013 KZN Yearling Sale.

So far the leaders on the log are graduates of the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale include Grade 2 winners and performers Colour Of Courage (sold for R140,000 - Grade 2 winner bred by Backworth Stud), Virgo’s Babe (unsold - Grade 2 winner bred by Midlands Thoroughbreds), Ace Antonius (sold for R40,000 - Grade 2 placed) and Princess Julietta (R100,000 purchase - Grade 2 placed, bred by Linington & Sons).

This KZN Breeders Juvenile Million is open to two-year-olds who graduated off the 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale - for any horse regardless of where the horse was bred, who passed through the sales ring as long as the breeders agreed to certain terms and conditions.

Below are the log leaders as at 20 May 2013… to see a list of the qualifying horses please click here.

Entries for the KZN Breeders Juvenile Million race open 21st June.

Log as at 20 May 2013

# Horse
1 Colour of Courage
2 Virgo’s Babe
3 Ace Antonius
4 Princess Julietta
5 Happy Valentine
6 Jimmy Choo
7 Sunday Sun
8 Agatha Panther
9 Warbash
10 Belvedere Palace
11 Angie
12 King’s Rose
13 Dream Leader
14 Olympic Goal
15 Striking Alice
16 Tribute to Kylie
  Next Ten
17 Aurum Pot
18 Gem’s a Plenty
19 Atso’s Hill
20 Pippi
21 Final Episode
22 On The Nod
23 You Beauty
24 Caribbean Bay
25 Brass Verdict
26 Tiger Territory

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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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KZN Breeders Awards Nominations 2012

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Bellwood Cottages, 17 November 2012

The KZN Breeders Association will be hosting the annual Awards evening at Bellwood Cottages on 17 November; congratulations to all the breeders with horses nominated for this years awards.

Summerhill Stud, being the champion breeders that they are, have the biggest nominee representation at the upcoming awards, with 11 nominations and seven horses - including the likes of Pierre Jourdan, Black Wing, Love Struck, Vodacom Durban July runner-up Smanjemanje and fillies such as Mannequin, Checcetti and Extra Zero.

Backworth Stud have two nominations with fast fillies Chocolicious and Variometer. Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth have had an excellent year, producing a runners to winners percentage of over 53% - with a number of Black-type winners achieved last season. Variometer has been nominated for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Sprinter Female, as well as Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly, whilst Gr1 winning Chocolicious is in the Outstanding Sprinter Female category.

Scott Bros consistently produce classy performers and this year is no different. The recent emergence of Eton Square, a son of their resident sire Miesque’s Approval, won a Gr3 earlier this year and went on to place in the Vodacom Durban July, leaving a trail of talented horses in his wake. Others the Scott Bros have up for nomination are Mogok’s Desire and another by Mogok with The Apache. The Apache was exported earlier this year and is now under the care of Mike de Kock - he was scheduled to campaign in the East but a change of plan now sees The Apache in Dubai.

Bush Hill Stud have the flag flying, represented by The Mouseketeer - and another proud moment with Dr Ian Heyns’ Seal, who was born and raised at Warwick and Karin Render’s farm.

Bush Hill Stud are represented in two categories with The Mousketeer (by Kahal), and against Seal (also with two nominations) in the Outstanding Older Male category. Their resident sire Kahal has seven of his progeny nominated - and it must be pointed out that the category of Outstanding Sprinter Female sees all three nominees by Kahal, bred by three different breeders. The Renders’ recently welcomed a full-brother to The Mousketeer last week.

KZN Breeders Association Chairman Koos De Klerk, has Greenacre nominated in the category of Outstanding Two Year Old Colt, bred by his and Lorraine De Klerk’s Yellow Star Stud.

Aldora have Soul Master, a son of KZN-bred national champion sire Jet Master, nominated for Outstanding Male Stayer. Soul Master recently won the Listed Java Handicap by two lengths, carrying top weight of 60kgs over 2450m.

Another point of interest is Rob and Michele Pickering’s Daylami filly, Kalami. She is out of Kal Sufi which makes her a half-sister to Model K, the sale-stopper of the 2012 KZN Mixed Sale this year - she is the dam of Mannequin (bred by Summerhill Stud) who has a nomination in the category of Outstanding Sprinter Female. Kalami has been nominated for Outstanding 3 Year-Old Filly. Model K foaled a full-sister to Mannequin this year.

St John Gray’s Graystone Stud have two nominees - Dancewiththedevil who was voted KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year in 2011 - and Engagement - who recently retired to Hadlow Stud. Dancewiththedevil is on her way to an exciting career in the UK and this year’s awards see her in two different categories. Engagement is a daughter of Announce, a stallion that St John Gray has had a lot of success with as well as his full brother Sarge. Engagement will be up against her ex-paddock and stablemate, Dancewiththedevil, as well as Checcetti in the award for Outstanding Middle Distance Female.

It is rewarding to see a number of horses nominated that come from private breeders. Awesome Beauty, bred by Mr Bunwarie, is by Cataloochee out of Bejewelled Beauty. Born and raised at Mike and Tanya McHardy’s Rathmor Stud, her dam Bejewelled Beauty has produced a chestnut Strategic News (AUS) colt this season.

Shogunnar, by Solksjaer bred by Fenn Tarbitt, is a half-brother to two successful black-type racemares in Saltwater Girl and Rapid Flow. The dam Surfer’s Eye has an outstanding Admire Main filly named Admiral’s Eye (Lot 120), a horse who ran an impressive gallop at Summerhill last week entered on the upcoming Emperors Palace Ready To Run sale. Shogunnar has been nominated in the category of Outstanding 3 Year-Old Colt.

Messrs P and RM Sewgoolam have Furious Dancer nominated for Outstanding Male Sprinter. Furious Dancer was foaled at Neil Sykes’ Orangewood Stud while Kjell Foundation have Kalaam, a daughter of Kahal, nominated for two categories.

Mr and Mrs Rosseau of St Helier Stud have made KZN proud with Madigan, who recently took home Zimbabwe’s Joint Horse Of The Year. Madigan won the Zimbabwean Triple Crown earlier this year. Madigan has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Three Year Old Colt.

The KZN Breeders Awards evening will start at 6 for 6:30pm, R300 per person. Contact Candiese ( if you would like to make a booking for the evening.

Congratulations to the following nominees:


Horse Sire Dam Breeder
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt
Greenacre Mogok Kentucky Home Yellow Star Stud
Love Struck Kahal Particular Passion Summerhill Stud
Mogok’s Desire Mogok Royal Promise Scott Bros
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Sprinter Female
Extra Zero Way West Haifaa Summerhill Stud
Variometer Var Lady Electric Backworth Stud
Awesome Beauty Cataloochee Bejewelled Beauty S Bunwarie
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt
Shogunnar Solskjaer Surfers Eye F Tarbitt
Madigan Joshua Dancer Western Glow SR Rosseau
Eton Square Miesque’s Approval Monroe Scott Bros
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly
Kalami Daylami Kal Sufi R & Mrs Pickering
Extra Zero Way West Haifaa Summerhill Stud
Variometer Var Lady Electric Backworth Stud
Outstanding Sprinter Male
Furious Dancer Dancing Duel Furious But Fast P & RM Sewgoolam
The Mouseketeer Kahal Look Sharp Bush Hill Stud
Midnight Serenade Malhub Sapphire Serenade Clifton Stud
Outstanding Sprinter Female
Kalaam Kahal Salaam Kjell Foundation
Mannequin Kahal Model K Summerhill Stud
Chocolicious Kahal Candy Box Backworth Stud
Outstanding Middle Distance Male
Pierre Jourdan Parade Leader Vin Fizz Summerhill Stud
Black Wing Kahal Fly Away Home Summerhill Stud
Smanjemanje Kahal In Style Summerhill Stud
The Apache Mogok Apache Rose Scott Bros
Outstanding Middle Distance Female
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Engagement Announce Be My Gem Graystone Stud
Checcetti Kahal Dancer’s Choice Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Stayer Male
Seal Silvano Prestine Performer IR Heyns
Soul Master Jet Master Saintly Soul Aldora Stud
Outstanding Older Male
The Mouseketeer Kahal Look Sharp Bush Hill Stud
Smanjemanje Kahal In Style Summerhill Stud
Seal Silvano Prestine Performer IR Heyns
Pierre Jourdan Parade Leader Vin Fizz Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Older Female
Dancewiththedevil Modus Vivendi Emperor’s Dance Graystone Stud
Kalaam Kahal Salaam Kjell Foundation
Checcetti Kahal Dancer’s Choice Summerhill Stud

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kzn breeders race day rss

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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