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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.


Go Again by MuhtafalGo Again wins second time out…
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Muhtafal (USA) - Going Places (Zim) by Esplendor (ARG)

Backworth had a good day’s racing at Scottsville Tuesday with GO AGAIN (Muhtafal - Going Places) winning second time out for the Herman Brown / Frank Robinson yard; beating the hot favourite, Markus Jooste’s talented Trippi colt, Skywalk Luke (Trippi - Catwalk Cutie), by a length.

The Backworth graduate of the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale is a full brother to First Again, winner of the 2006 Ipi Tombe Challenge (Grade 2) and the highest merit rated filly of her generation (MR106). Congratulations to the Brown/Robinson yard and to owner Mr R. Bifov.

In the 3rd race on the same card, Backworth-bred SUGAR RUSH (Miesque’s Approval - Sweet Sweet) ran 2nd, also second time out, for trainer Tony Rivalland, beaten by the Dennis Drier-trained favourite, Sue For Peace (Western Winter - Divided).

On Monday at Clairwood, LUXARDO (Mogok - Absolut Star) ran 4th, first time out, over 1000m. A commendable run considering he was left at the start.

Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
10 April 2012

Win Time : 71.31

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 GO AGAIN 58.0 0 2 K Latham Herman Brown / Frank Robinson
2 1.00 SKYWALK LUKE 58.0 0 8 A Marcus Charles Laird
3 4.00 TIGER STORM 58.0 0 4 S Cormack Glen Kotzen
4 7.75 BRIGHT IDEA 58.0 0 5 C Orffer Ivan Moore
5 7.80 MIGHTY LION 58.0 0 1 S Veale Paul Gadsby
6 8.30 DONNINGTON 58.0 0 9 B Lerena Chris Erasmus
7 9.05 SMARTELLI 58.0 0 7 S Randolph Dennis Drier
8 12.05 HORAY HENRY 58.0 0 6 A Mgudlwa Alyson Wright
9 20.55 SPRINTER KING 58.0 0 3 A Forbes Michael Miller
10 20.65 SEAN O’ CASEY 58.0 0 10 M Yeni Mike de Kock

Late Scratchings

11 0.00 KENTUCKY GUEST 58.0 0 4 B Jacobson Doug Campbell
12 0.00 RANDOM AL 58.0 0 6 S Khumalo Sean Miller
13 0.00 VICTORIA’S ALBERT 58.0 0 5 G Wrogemann Sean Miller


Stallion Var standing at Avontuur StudVar
(Photo : Avontuur Farm)

Forest Wildcat (USA) - Loma Preata (USA)

Avontuur Farm’s resident stallion Var had a remarkable past weekend reports the Sporting Post :

The Var syndicate’s own sponsored race, the R150,000 Gold Rush Sprint over 1100m at Turffontein, was won by 3-year-old gelding Timeofreckoning. Bred by Zenzele Stud out of the Fine Edge mare Thin Air, the 3-year-old scored his third win from five starts. He is trained by Charles Laird, and races in the colours of Ingrid and Markus Jooste. Timeofreckoning was a R350,000 National Sale yearling.

Half an hour earlier, the R135,000 Listed Ruffian Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, over 1000m at the same track, had fallen prey to Variometer. This chestnut daughter of Var races for a large syndicate of owners, and is trained by Louis Goosen. Bred by Backworth Stud, out of Australian-bred Hennesy mare Lady Electric, she’d been a R140,000 Natal Yearling Sale purchase. Variometer is Var’s sixth individual stakes winner.

Meanwhile, at Durbanville in the Cape, Var’s daughter Variety Club retained her unbeaten record when winning a Juvenile Plate, carrying top-weight. Another to race in the Jooste-colours, Variety Club is out of Secret Prospector mare La Massine, and is half sister to multiple Mauritian stakes winner Rhythmically. She had been a R425,000 Vintage Yearling Sale purchase.

Var is currently South Africa’s leading sire of 2-year-old by stakes and stands at Avontuur Farm.