Michael Miller

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.

Colour Of Courage Delivers The Best Developers Cup

Colour Of Courage Delivers The Best Developers Cup

Backworth-bred Colour Of Courage (Judpot - Exclusive Honour) opened his winning account in Mauritius Saturday for trainer Gilbert Rousset with Mauritian jockey Reehaze Hoolash up.

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.

Fertile Friday!

caviar horseCaviar (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Var (USA) - Lewinsky’s Lover by Jallad (USA)

Backworth had a good day’s racing Friday with Backworth-breds scoring a first, second, third and fifth.

Kicking off the weekend’s results was the Muhtafal mare, Floristry, with a 2nd over 1200m at Fairview for trainer Duncan McKenzie.

Next up was the speedy Var mare, Caviar, who took honours over Greyville’s 1400m for trainer Colin Scott beating a talented line-up including Festival Of Fire, winner of the Grade 2 KRA Fillies Guineas, Grade 3 Starling Stakes and the Grade 3 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge.

To cap off the day’s racing, the Judpot colt Colour Of Courage and the Mogok mare Luxardo finished 3rd and 5th for trainers Michael Miller and Mark Dixon respectively in the last over 1200m.

Greyville, Turf, 1400m
7 February 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 CAVIAR 56.0 3 M Odendaal Colin Scott
2 0.2 ORANGE BLOSSOM 58.0 8 K Shea Duncan Howells
3 1.0 LOUVRE 62.5 1 * M Thackeray (4.0) Duncan Howells
4 1.8 MURMERING SKY 54.0 2 S Cormack Dennis Drier
5 1.9 LANGOUSTIER 54.0 4 * D Dillon Doug Campbell
6 2.8 FESTIVAL OF FIRE 59.5 6 A Delpech Mike de Kock
7 3.8 PATH TO TRAVEL 51.5 5 K de Melo Alyson Wright
8 6.3 CHILI PEPPER 52.5 9 * C Murray (4.0) Gavin van Zyl
9 7.1 ARTISTICALLY DONE 53.0 7 A Forbes Doug Campbell

Colour Of Courage Aces Umkhomazi Stakes

Colour Of Courage - Umkhomazi StakesColour Of Courage (SAF) - Umkhomazi Stakes (Grade 2)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Judpot (USA) - Exclusive Honour (SAF) by Exclusive Patriot (USA)

Backworth-bred Colour Of Courage, a son of ‘talk of the National Sales’ Judpot out of our Exclusive Patriot mare Exclusive Honour, won his second start in the Grade 2 Umkhomazi Stakes over 1200m at Scottsville Sunday. The unbeaten two-year-old chestnut colt is the first Graded winner for sire Judpot who stands at Varsfontein Stud in partnership with the internationally renowned Niarchos Family.

A R140,000 graduate of the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale (which seems to be yielding a talented group of young horses already including the likes of Stakes winning Jimmi Choo and Grade 2 winning Virgo’s Babe already), Colour Of Courage got his career off to a blazing start by winning on debut at Greyville by half a length on 4 April over 1300m, beating Var colt Translator by half a length.

Trained by Michael and Rae Miller and piloted by Sean Veale on both occasions, Colour Of Courage took home the Umkhomazi Stakes by half a length from Ace Antonius (Antonius Pius) with Journeyman (Trippi) finishing third. Winning jockey Sean Veale labelled the winner ‘one of best babies in the Miller yard.’

Owned by Michel Nairac, Robert Maingard and Baroness Bergsma of Longford, Colour Of Courage takes his stakes earnings to R170,000 from just 2 starts.

As a KZN-bred, Colour Of Courage qualifies for the R200,000 two-year-old race on KZN Breeders Race Day to be staged on 30 June 2013, as well as the R1million KZN Breeders Juvenile race taking place on Vodacom Durban July day - the latter being exclusively for horses who graduated from the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale.

Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
For 2 Year-Olds
28 April 2013

Win Time : 70.45

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 COLOUR OF COURAGE 58.0 0 1 S Veale Michael Miller
2 0.50 ACE ANTONIUS 58.0 0 2 S Cormack Vaughan Marshall
3 1.00 JOURNEYMAN 58.0 0 8 A Marcus Mike de Kock
4 6.00 FLY AT EM 58.0 0 10 A Forbes Duncan Howells
5 6.15 PLAYINGTHEENEMY (AUS) 58.0 0 3 G Hatt Justin Snaith
6 8.65 VELVET VERONA 58.0 0 4 S Chambers Corne Spies
7 10.15 SPRITZER 58.0 0 6 S Randolph Kumaran Naidoo
8 15.15 DREAM IN COMBAT 58.0 0 7 J Samuel Deon Visser
9 15.65 PETER CULTURE 58.0 0 9 K Shea Robbie Hill
10 16.65 HYPODROMO DA GAVEA 58.0 0 5 C Orffer Corne Spies

Late Scratching

11 0.00 VEE EIGHT 58.0 0 2 M Odendaal Corne Spies

Extracts from KZN Breeders