Miesque's Approval

So Easy For Humidor

So Easy For Humidor

Backworth-bred Humidor, with Muzi Yeni up, won the sixth with ease at Greyville Monday.

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.

Bella Miesque Blooms Purple

Bella Miesque Blooms Purple

On her second run back from a break, Bella Miesque, jumped well from the 12 gate to settle in second under jockey Alec Forbes heading into a hazy Greville 1400m.

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!

Style Flash Wins on Debut for Adriaan van Vuuren

Style Flash Wins on Debut for Adriaan van Vuuren

Adriaan and Rika van Vuuren’s Backworth-bred filly, Style Flash, lived up to her name Thursday when ‘flashing’ home on debut at the Vaal, winning in fine style over 1200m on the sand.

Spectacularus Scores For Duncan McKenzie and Des McLachlan

Spectacularus Scores For Duncan McKenzie and Des McLachlan

Spectacularus won in somewhat ‘spectacular’ fashion over 1000m on the polytrack Friday at Fairview for trainers Duncan McKenzie and Des McLachlan with jockey Muzi Yeni up.

More than just a 'Touch Of Nobility'

miesques approval touch of nobility filly foalTouch of Nobility with her filly foal by Miesque’s Approval / Ian Todd (p)

MIESQUE’S APPROVAL (USA) - TOUCH OF NOBILITY (AUS)

“Nobility is a social class that possesses more acknowledged privileges or eminence than most other classes in a society, membership thereof typically being hereditary.” - Wikipedia

This leggy filly promises more than just a ‘touch of nobility’ being by the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Miesque’s Approval, out of the familiy of Wajd, winner of the Group 2 Grand Prix d’Evry, the Group 3 Prix Minerve and the Listed Prix des Tuileries.

Island Fiesta... It's A Rush

island fiesta wendy whiteheadIsland Fiesta / Gold Circle (p)

ISLAND FIESTA
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Bermuda Junction (AUS) by Is It True (USA)

Backworth-bred Island Fiesta tore up the Greyville pollytrack under jockey MJ Odendaal Tuesday, leaving in his wake a bevvy of quality performers including the likes of the Hussonet gelding, Rio Carnival, victor of the Grade 3 King’s Cup and the Listed Thukela Handicap, and runner up in the recent Grade 2 Drill Hall Stakes.

Congratulations to trainer Wendy Whitehead and owners Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak and Sanjeeth Ramsewak.

Island Fiesta is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale and this win takes his career record to 6 wins and 12 places from 23 starts.

RACINGITSARUSH.CO.ZA PINNACLE STAKES
Greyville, Polytrack, 1200m
19 August 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 ISLAND FIESTA 55.0 5 M Odendaal Wendy Whitehead
2 1.0 TIPO TINTO 57.0 2 *N Gumede (4.0) Gavin van Zyl
3 2.0 ACAPULCO 55.0 3 K de Melo Dennis Drier
4 2.8 CAPTAIN ON THE RUN 57.0 7 S Cormack Dennis Drier
5 4.8 RIO CARNIVAL 63.0 4 A Marcus Charles Laird
6 8.5 COFFEE SHEIK 59.0 6 B Jacobson Wendy Whitehead
7 17.2 ALDRIC 53.0 1 M Yeni James Goodman
8 18.5 FLYFIRSTCLASS 57.0 8 A Delpech Craig Eudey

Top Of The Chocs Solid in Supertote Trophy

Top Of The Chocs Supertote TrophyTop Of The Chocs (left) finished third in the Supertote Trophy / The Mauritius Turf Club (p)

CHAMP DE MARS
10 August 2014

Backworth-bred Top Of The Chocs, half-brother to the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship victress Chocolicious, turned on the speed Sunday over 1000m at Champ de Mars to cement a confident third in the Supertote Trophy for trainer Hughes Maigrot with jockey Gerald Avranche up.

The 5 year-old gelding is by Breeders’ Cup winner Miesque’s Approval out of the Exclusive Patriot mare, Candy Box, who recorded 4 wins in her career, including the Grade 3 Strelitzia Stakes and the Listed Juvenile Stakes, and four places including a 3rd in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship.

THE SUPERTOTE SMS BETTING TROPHY
Champ de Mars, Turf, 1000m
10 August 2014

# Horse Jockey Trainer
1 MIGHTY MARS L Currie A Allet
2 RAINBOW MAN J Bardottier R Gujadhur
3 TOP OF THE CHOCS G Avranche H Maigrot
4 HUNTING TIME B Woodworth Hurlywood
5 MONSIEUR DANE S Bussunt R Gujadhur
6 MO ICHI DO B Sooful S Henry
7 FIRE CURTAIN C Segeon P Merven
8 VARDASHIAN R Mullen JM Henry

Miss Argentina Crowned Backworth Stud Juvenile Fillies Champ

miss argentina horseMiss Argentina / Gold Circle (p)

The stars turned out to witness the ‘Best of the Best’ at the KZN Breeders Race Day staged at Clairwood Sunday.

With an action-packed card of 10 races, Backworth Stud is proud to have sponsored the second on the card, the Backworth Stud KwaZulu-Natal Breeders Fillies Juvenile Plate for stakes of R200,000.

Beauty prevailed over brawn in the end as Miss Argentina (Miesque’s Approval) clinched line honours from Tapaway (Captain Al), Run For Revelry (Fort Beluga) and Pearl Oyster Bay (Mullins Bay).

Congratulations to Miss Argentina’s breeders Scott Bros, trainer Duncan Howells and owners Miss S Reddy, Messrs CE Bannister, GL Blank, DC Howells and LM Nestadt.

BACKWORTH STUD KWAZULU-NATAL BREEDERS
FILLIES JUVENILE PLATE (Non-Black Type)
Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
29 June 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 MISS ARGENTINA 58.0 3 K Shea Duncan Howells
2 0.1 TAPAWAY 56.0 8 A Marcus Robbie Hill
3 0.8 RUN FOR REVELRY 58.0 1 S Khumalo Sean Tarry
4 1.0 PEARL OYSTER BAY 56.0 11 S Randolph Glen Kotzen
5 3.5 SURFING BELLE 56.0 10 M Yeni Dennis Bosch
6 5.3 CELINE 56.0 9 G Wrogemann Louis Goosen
7 7.1 FLYING CROSS 58.0 4 A Delpech Robbie Hill
8 7.2 SHIVRANI 56.0 12 I Sturgeon Kumaran Naidoo
9 7.4 PATRICIA 56.0 2 K de Melo Gavin van Zyl
10 8.6 SNOW CALL 60.0 6 S Chambers Corne Spies
11 12.6 MIDNIGHT LACE 56.0 5 *D Dillon Michael Roberts
12 17.4 AMOYI 56.0 7 W Kennedy Chris Erasmus

Island Fiesta in KZN Winter Challenge 1200 Nailbiter

Crescendo, Flyfirstclass and Island Fiesta - KZN Winter Challenge 1200Crescendo, Flyfirstclass and Island Fiesta - KZN Winter Challenge 1200 / Gold Circle (p)

Backworth-bred Island Fiesta did little wrong Saturday under jockey MJ Odendaal in the KZN Winter Challenge 1200 at Clairwood, being denied only in a final lunge to the line by the impressive Maine Chance-bred Crescendo, a son of Act One out of the Danehill mare Carambola, and the strapping Summerhill-bred Kahal gelding, Flyfirstclass.

The ultra-consistant Wendy Whitehead-trained son of Miesque’s Approval out of the Australian mare, Bermuda Junction, is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale and takes his career record to 4 wins and 11 places from 20 starts.

KZN WINTER CHALLENGE 1200 (Non Black Type)
Brought to you by Rotary Club Of Scottburgh
Clairwood, Turf, 1200m
7 June 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 CRESCENDO 59.5 3 S Cormack Dennis Drier
2 0.05 FLYFIRSTCLASS 58.0 14 A Marcus Craig Eudey
3 0.10 ISLAND FIESTA 58.0 4 M Odendaal Wendy Whitehead
4 2.35 HUNTING HORN 60.0 9 K Shea Duncan Howells
5 2.45 LIBERTINE 52.5 7 *C Murray Colin Scott
6 2.70 ETERNAL JET 54.5 13 K de Melo Dennis Drier
7 2.95 RAINER 52.0 11 G Hatt Michael Roberts
8 3.95 UMBANI 52.0 15 A Mgudlwa Garth Puller
9 4.20 ALDRIC 52.0 5 S Khumalo James Goodman
10 5.20 ROMANTIC BALLADEER 52.0 2 W Kennedy Adam W Kethro
11 5.45 LEGEND DANCER 52.0 6 G van Niekerk Michael Roberts
12 6.70 ROYAL ROY 52.0 8 M Yeni Kumaran Naidoo
13 8.45 PIANO MAN 63.5 1 G Lerena James Goodman
14 8.60 WARWICKADALE 52.0 10 J Samuel Corinne Bestel
15 11.10 TRIX OF THE TRADE 52.5 12 M Byleveld Glen Kotzen

2014 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale

suncoast kzn yearling sale 2014

Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale
Suncoast Casino, Durban, South Africa
3-4 July 2014

The Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale (scheduled to be held this year on 3rd and 4th July) has a rich history of producing outstanding, yet affordable racehorses… its most famous graduate being recent SASCOC Triple Crown winner (only the second horse in history win the series), Louis The King.

Bred by The Alchemy, Louis The King was a R55,000 bargain buy at the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale and has earned over R5 million to date. The Vodacom Durban July hopeful’s sire Black Minnaloushe will be strongly represented on the 2014 KZN Yearling with nine well bred yearlings on offer.

Louis The King is not the only top-class performer to have been offered at this sale however. The likes of Happy Valentine (Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship), Colour of Courage (Gr2 Umkhomazi Stakes), Go Indigo (Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas), Knock On Wood (Gr3 London News Stakes, 2nd Gr1 Champion Challenge) and Seal (Gr1 SA Derby) have all been offered at previous KZN Yearling Sales, and have all proved great bargain buys.

This year’s catalogue looks to have something for everyone. Top sires with yearlings on offer include Captain Al, Fort Wood, Judpot, Kahal, Silvano, Trippi and Var.

Other proven sires represented on sale include Antonius Pius, Ashaawes, Count Dubois, Horse Chestnut, Jay Peg, Mogok, Muhtafal and Windrush.

There are also yearlings on offer by promising young sires including A.P. Answer, Brave Tin Soldier, Elusive Fort, Ideal World, King’s Apostle, Lateral, Mambo In Seattle and Seventh Rock, to name but a few.

The following stakes winning mares also have lots on offer at the KZN Yearling Sale - Carambola (colt by Silvano), Dare to Dream (colt by Miesque’s Approval), Escoleta Fitz (colt by Ideal World), Haute Cuisine (filly by Mogok), Lunar Fields (filly by Slew The Red), Madrisa (filly by Bankable), National Navigator (colt by Bankable), Next Edition (filly by Muhtafal), Passive Resistance (filly by Kahal), Princess Sassi (colt by Brave Tin Soldier), Russian Nature (colt by Ravishing), Scripture (colt by Horse Chestnut), Supper Club (filly by Black Minnaloushe) and Thekkady (colt by Argonaut).

Held at the Suncoast Casino in Durban, the KZN Yearling Sale is not a sale that any serious buyer can afford to miss! For more information on this sale and the catalogue, please contact the TBA office on +27 (11) 323 5700 or visit their website - www.tba.co.za.

Editor’s note : Backworth Stud consigns a quality draft of yearlings to the 2014 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale including the progeny of A.P. Answer, Miesque’s Approval, King’s Chapel, Horse Chestnut and National Emblem.

Island Fiesta Challenging for KZN Breeders Series Top Spot

island fiesta - kzn breeders seriesIsland Fiesta (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY
29 June 2014

The much anticipated KZN Breeders Race Day is set to be staged on 29 June 2014 at Clairwood racecourse. The fourth log for ‘three-year-olds and up’ has been published and sees the ultra consistent Backworth-bred Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) fighting out the top spot with the formidable Summerhill Stud-bred Negev (Stronghold - Haifaa).

Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, Island Fiesta is trained by Wendy Whitehead and owned by a syndicate including Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak, Sanjeeth Ramsewak and Miss W Whitehead.

Aptly named Island Fiesta, out of Backworth’s Austalian mare Burmuda Junction, by Is It True (USA), has only been out of the money on three occasions from 17 starts - winning four of them, scoring five seconds and placing five times. Burmuda Junction has produced seven winners from eight runners, including recent Backworth-bred winner by Atso, Bermuda Breeze.

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)
For 3-Year-Olds and Up
As at 1 April 2014

# Horse Age Sex Trainer Breeder Points
1 NEGEV 4 F Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 35
2 ISLAND FIESTA 5 G Wendy Whitehead Backworth Stud 30
3 CINEMA SCOPE 5 G Gavin van Zyl Scott Bros 29
4 THE MONEY SHOT 4 G Sean Tarry Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 26
5 THE MUTINEER 4 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 24
6 CAYENNE 3 F Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 23
7 AUCTION KING 3 G Paul Lafferty Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 22
8 EUPHORIA 4 F Johan Janse van Vuuren GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 22
9 UMOYANA 4 F Tony Rivalland Summerhill Stud 22
10 ENCHANTED SILK 3 F Sean Tarry Gold Star Stud 21
11 FLYFIRSTCLASS 4 G Craig Eudey Summerhill Stud 21
12 MISS K 5 M Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 21
13 HANA 3 F Gavin van Zyl Summerhill Stud 20
14 SUCH FUN 5 M Tony Rivalland Mr GH Rowles 20
15 KING JACE 4 G Garth Puller Mr & Mrs R J Clarkin T/A Clarkin Thoroughbred Services  19
16 RHEIMS 5 G Alec Laird Tertia Properties (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr S C Harley)  19
17 ADMIRAL’S EYE 3 F Charles Laird A Magid & Summerhill Stud 18
18 AFRICAN GLADIATOR 7 G Cliffie Miller Mr BD van Laun 18
19 HIGHLAND FLING 5 G Mike Pappas Mr ML Pappas 18
20 PIANO MAN 4 G James Goodman Mr & Mrs AW Procter 18

www.kznbreeders.co.za

Island Fiesta leads KZN Breeders Series Log - 19 February 2014

island fiesta - kzn breeders seriesIsland Fiesta (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY
29 June 2014

The much anticipated KZN Breeders Race Day is set to be staged on 29 June 2014 at Clairwood racecourse. The second log for ‘three-year-olds and up’ sees sire Miesque’s Approval with the first two on the log. Backworth Stud-bred Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) leads with 24 points, ahead of Auction King (Miesque’s Approval - Eli’s Thread) and Flyfirstclass (Kahal - Radiant Lass).

Bred by Keith Russon and Ian Todd of Backworth Stud, Island Fiesta is trained by Wendy Whitehead and owned by a syndicate including Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak, Sanjeeth Ramsewak and Miss W Whitehead.

Island Fiesta, aptly named out of Backworth’s Austalian mare Burmuda Junction, by Is It True (USA), has only been out of the money twice from 16 starts - winning four of them, and placing 10 times. Burmuda Junction has produced seven winners from eight runners, including recent Backworth-bred winner by Atso, Bermuda Breeze.

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)
For 3-Year-Olds and Up
As at 19 February 2014

# Horse Age Sex Trainer Breeder Points
1 ISLAND FIESTA 5 G Wendy Whitehead Backworth Stud 24
2 AUCTION KING 3 G Paul Lafferty Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 22
3 FLYFIRSTCLASS 4 G Craig Eudey Summerhill Stud 21
4 NEGEV 4 F Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 20
5 EUPHORIA 4 F Johan Janse van Vuuren GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 19
6 ADMIRAL’S EYE 3 F Charles Laird A Magid & Summerhill Stud 18
7 CINEMA SCOPE 5 G Gavin van Zyl Scott Bros 18
8 THE MONEY SHOT 4 G Sean Tarry Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux 18
9 THE MUTINEER 4 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 18
10 TORA TORA 3 G Scott Kenny Summerhill Stud 18
11 UMOYANA 4 F Tony Rivalland Summerhill Stud 18
12 HANA 3 F Gavin van Zyl Summerhill Stud 17
13 DODGE CITY 5 G Pat Lunn Summerhill Stud 16
14 MISS K 5 M Louis Goosen Summerhill Stud 16
15 PARTY DOLL 4 F Chris Erasmus Orangewood Stud 16
16 FLIGHT WARNING 3 C Gary Alexander Summerhill Stud 15
17 RED LABEL 3 F Dennis Drier GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny 15
18 SUTHERFENI 5 M Kumaran Naidoo Mr L Nunan 15
19 CAYENNE 3 F Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 14
20 COSTWOLD 6 M Chris Erasmus Yellow Star Stud 14

www.kznbreeders.co.za

Island Fiesta and Luxardo in a 'Nailbiter'

Island Fiesta wins at Scottsville Racecourse Island Fiesta - Wendy Whitehead and Owners

Island Fiesta (SAF)
(Photos : Gold Circle)

ISLAND FIESTA
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Bermuda Junction (AUS) by Is It True (USA)

In her first run of 2014 yesterday, the Wendy Whitehead-trained Island Fiesta (Miesque’s Approval - Bermuda Junction) won a ‘nailbiter’ over Scottsville’s 1200m with jockey MJ Odendaal up. Fellow Backworth-bred Luxardo (Mogok - Absolut Star) was pipped into a photo third by the Summerhill Stud-bred Flyfirstclass (Kahal - Radiant Lass).

The 5-year-old Island Fiesta takes her career record to 4 wins and 7 places from 14 runs.

Congratulations to trainer Wendy Whitehead and fellow owners Messrs LR Whiteford, GS Calway, GPW Davis, T de Charmoy, JI Shaw, Sanjeev Ramsewak and Sanjeeth Ramsewak.

Island Fiesta is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale.

SOCCER 4 MR 90 DIVIDED HANDICAP
Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
12 January 2014

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.0 ISLAND FIESTA 56.5 4 M Odendaal Wendy Whitehead
2 0.2 FLYFIRSTCLASS 55.5 1 JP v’d Merwe Craig Eudey
3 0.3 LUXARDO 52.5 8 * K de Melo Mark Dixon
4 1.0 BREEDERS CUP 54.0 5 * N Patel (4.0) Garth Puller
5 2.3 ALBERT 55.0 3 * D Dillon Michael Miller
6 2.5 LIZARD’S PASSION 52.5 2 S Veale Yogas Govender
7 6.3 TUSCAN 56.0 7 K Shea Duncan Howells
8 6.6 SHOES ‘N COMPANY 55.5 6 A Mgudlwa Yogas Govender