Mary Liley

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.

Humidor Breaks Scottsville Course Record

Humidor Breaks Scottsville Course Record

What an exciting race result for Backworth Sunday afternoon at Scottsville! Backworth-bred Humidor won in style over 1200m, breaking Kildonan's course record. Humidor’s race record now stands at 3 wins in a row, and a 4th from just 4 starts!

A Chilly Western Winter

A Chilly Western Winter

We may be nearing the peak of our Summer season here in KwaZulu-Natal, but Friday night's racing at Greyville sent chills down a few spines as we once again witnessed the class of a South African stallion great of times past, Western Winter.

Oh Boy... It's HUMIDOR!

Oh Boy... It's HUMIDOR!

"Quality comes through over the sprint" and no better place to reveal a young horse's God-given talents than over Scottsville's testing finishing straight.

Scintillating Scottsville Sunday

Scintillating Scottsville Sunday

Whilst we desperately await the start of the rainy season here in KwaZulu-Natal, there was no dampening the spirits of our Backworth-breds Sunday, as they blitzed the Scottsville turf in scintillating fashion.

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!

Lucky Break... License to Thrill

Lucky Break... License to Thrill

Mary Liley’s gutsy Backworth-bred gelding, Lucky Break, thrilled revelers Friday at Greyville’s ‘Night Racing’, tearing up the poly straight to get up on the line under ‘Master Jockey’, Anton Marcus, ahead of the flying Mynameisbond, Live Controversy and Semonkong.

Mary Liley Named Gold Circle Owner Of The Month

mary lileyMary Liley / Ian Todd (p)

Congratulations to Mary Liley for being named Gold Circle ‘Owner Of The Month’ for September!

Mary is a stalwart supporter of our Backworth-breds and her September winners, Kadeze and Lucky Break, are both graduates of our pastures. She is a very dear friend; greatly respected for her loyalty and much admired for her love and passion for the industry!

No 'Lucky Break' for Athandiwe Mgudlwa

lucky break horseLucky Break / Gold Circle (p)

Muhtafal (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

Not even the driving rain could deter a dogged Athandiwe Mgudlwa from winning the eigth at Greyville Sunday aboard the gutsy Backworth-bred Lucky Break for trainer Tony Rivalland and owner Mary Liley.

Lucky Break, a half brother to Listed Nkosazana Stakes victress, Raise The Bar, is the grandson of Eternal Dancer from the family of Chattaronga.

The four-year-old colt is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

In the previous race, fellow Backworth-bred Down Sir Down (Count Dubois - Feather Bed) contested an extremely tight finish, missing out by a nose to place fourth.

Greyville, Poly, 1400m
28 September 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 LUCKY BREAK 52 5 A Mgudlwa Tony Rivalland
2 0.75 POIVRE 52 9 M Yeni Greg & Karen Anthony
3 1.00 MICHELLE MY BELLE 58 6 *D Dillon Doug Campbell
4 1.50 ROCKY BAY 60 2 I Sturgeon Frank Robinson
5 2.00 TULBAGH TRIP 58 4 S Randolph Gavin van Zyl
6 2.50 TOP COMMAND 55 3 *L Mxothwa Greg & Karen Anthony
7 3.25 KASHAN 56 8 K de Melo Gavin van Zyl
8 10.25 NITRO NORI 54.5 10 A Forbes Lezeanne Forbes
9 12.00 TEPPANYAKI 56 1 A Marcus Chris Erasmus
10 15.00 NICK JAGGER 53.5 7 W Kennedy Kumaran Naidoo

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

Choir Maiden hits the High Notes

choir maiden horseChoir Maiden (AUS)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Choisir (AUS) - Prolong (AUS) by Gold Brose (AUS)

Choir Maiden won impressively by 3.2 lengths Sunday for trainer Tony Rivalland under a confident ride from top jockey Anton Marcus.

An Australian import, Backworth races this daughter of Choisir, one of the best young sires in Australia, with our dear friend Mary Liley.

The Coolmore Stud stallion rates consistently among the leading sires in Australia. He was Champion 2-year-old colt of his year and winner of the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at 3. Choisir put Australian thoroughbreds on the map as never before when winning both the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes and the Group 2 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot within 5 days of each other.

Choisir’s leading performers include Starspangledbanner, a dual hemisphere champion, dual Group 1 winner Sacred Choice, 2012 Group 1 winning 2-year-old Choice Bro as well as 2013 Group 1 winner Historian. He is the sire of eleven individual Stakes winners including three exciting 2-year-olds already this season!

This win takes Choir Maiden’s career record to 4 wins and 8 places from 16 starts.

Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
16 March 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 CHOIR MAIDEN 59.5 10 A Marcus Tony Rivalland
2 3.2 PRINCESS JULIETTA 60.0 3 B Lerena Gavin van Zyl
3 4.8 GUEST EL GRANDE 55.5 9 M Odendaal Colin Scott
4 4.8 SOUNDS POSITIVE 53.5 6 K de Melo Frank Robinson
5 6.6 COTSWOLD 56.0 8 A Forbes Chris Erasmus
6 7.8 MAINMAST 56.0 5 * J Barnes (2.5) Charles Laird
7 10.1 WEST END 59.0 2 * L Mohapi (2.5) Jeff Freedman
8 10.4 DIAMOND DIVA 53.5 4 S Khumalo Gavin van Zyl
9 15.6 AGATHA PANTHER 57.0 7 M Yeni Kumaran Naidoo
10 20.9 PARTY DOLL 53.5 1 W Kennedy Chris Erasmus

Lucky Break Cracks His Maiden

lucky break horseLucky Break (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Muhtafal (USA) - Moving On Up by Jallad (USA)

Capping off a solid weekend’s racing for Backworth-breds was the Tony Rivalland-trained Muhtafal colt, Lucky Break, who ran an impressive finish at Clairwood Sunday under Brandon Lerena to break his maiden for owner Mary Liley.

Lucky Break is a half brother to Queen of the Nkosazana Stakes (Listed), Raise The Bar. He is the grandson of Eternal Dancer who had a career tally of 12 wins and is from the family of Chattaronga with 6 wins.

The three-year-old chestnut colt is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

In the 9th, Backworth-bred Gold Flight (Right Approach - Faerie Gold) finished a good 4th, after getting into trouble early, for trainer Alyson Wright under Warren Kennedy.

Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
9 February 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 LUCKY BREAK 60.0 5 B Lerena Tony Rivalland
2 2.5 GLASS TIGER 60.0 15 S Cormack Dennis Drier
3 2.7 BOLT OF LIGHT 60.0 6 A Delpech Mike de Kock
4 5.4 CASTLE KEEP 60.0 3 W Kennedy Paul Gadsby
5 5.6 PAX AETERNA 60.0 4 S Randolph Kumaran Naidoo
6 5.8 GHARBEE 60.0 2 * H v’d Hoven (4.0) Mike de Kock
7 7.8 QATAR SPRINGS 60.0 12 B Jacobson Gavin van Zyl
8 7.8 CAPE CANAVERAL 60.0 14 S Khumalo Frank Robinson
9 7.9 ECO STORM 60.0 7 A Mgudlwa Garth Puller
10 8.6 AT MIDNIGHT 57.5 1 * J Barnes (4.0) Garth Puller
11 8.9 BRAVE PINCER 60.0 11 D Lembethe James Goodman
12 8.9 GOLDEN MATADOR 60.0 8 M Odendaal Sean Tarry
13 9.0 BOLD ATTITUDE 60.0 9 C Orffer Michael Miller
14 9.8 IBERIAN EXPRESS 60.0 13 * D Dillon Mark Dixon
15 12.0 GHURKA CHIEF 60.0 10 K Shea Steve Benton

Lunch with 3A Racing Syndicate and Friends

3A Racing SyndicateEnjoying a beautiful March afternoon at Backworth

The weather this week in KwaZulu-Natal was just beautiful and Backworth is looking quite magnificent at this time of year - not to mention our National Yearling Sales draft which are looking really good too!

We welcomed 3A Racing Syndicate’s James Everett and Wesley Bowman, with their friends Jani Gous and Monique Sonè Maas, to enjoy a fine lunch at the farm on Thursday.

3A Racing is arguably South Africa’s most youthful and vibrant racing syndicate focussing not just on racing and betting but on the social aspect of this fantastic sport too. Wesley’s grandfather was a bookmaker and two of his uncles, Mark and Brett Bowman, are still in the bookmaking game today, but he and Andrew got involved in racing at the age of 13 when a friend’s father invited them to the race track. “We started going to racing on a regular basis, we were lighties - 15 years old - and then we put together a syndicate about four years ago; it just went from there,” says Wesley. “There were just four of us originally, but when people saw us going to the races, suddenly we started growing. We’re now a big bunch of guys and we’re having to turn people away.”

Also visiting were Mary Liley with brother and sister in law Peter and Jenny from the UK, Tony and Sharon Rivalland, Kevin and Alyson Wright, Wendy Whitehead and son Damon, as well as Wendy’s friend Trish Knott and daughter Megan.

We were treated to guest appearances from future Backworth stars; Aquinata (Silvano - Tsunami), Style Flash (Miesque’s Approval - Ramp Model) and Cold Fact (Western Winter - Auburn Annio) to metion a few, before their departure for the 2013 National Yearling Sales in April.

Click here to see a few more photos from a wonderful March day in KZN.


Tony Rivalland and Mary Liley inspect Down Sir Down

Tony Rivalland and Mary Liley inspect Lot 434 Down Sir Down (SAF) (Count Dubois (GB) - Feather Bed (IRE))

Backworth appreciate the visit and interest shown by Tony Rivalland and Mary Liley in our draft of yearlings for the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale to be staged at the TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston from Friday 27 April to Sunday 29 April..



Dunstan and Carey Farrell, Keith Russon and Ian Todd, Cheryl and Mick Goss, Mary Liley, Natalie and Xavier Bozo, Jeanette and Alec Hogg, Arabella and Xavier Todd RussonDunstan and Carey Farrell, Keith Russon and Ian Todd, Cheryl and Mick Goss, Mary Liley, Natalie and Xavier Bozo,
Jeanette and Alec Hogg, Arabella and Xavier Todd Russon

Local KZN Breeders with Goss’s from Summerhill and Todd Russons from Backworth enjoy international flavours of Xavier and Natalie Bozo from France, Mary Liley back from a recent trip to the New Zealand Yearling Sales and Hoggs recently back from Davos, together with local passionatas Dunstan and Carey Farrell, to share a fun day and celebrate the joys of breeding thoroughbreds and life in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Carpe Diem.