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.
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.
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.
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.
WORKWEAR DEPOT DURBAN CONDITIONS PLATE (F & M)
|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
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.’
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.
UMKHOMAZI STAKES (Grade 2)
|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|
|11||0.00||VEE EIGHT||58.0||0||2||M Odendaal||Corne Spies|