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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.

Chocolicious Fastnet Rock Filly On Magic Millions Weanling Sale

Chocolicious Fastnet Rock Filly On Magic Millions Weanling Sale

The Backworth-bred Grade 1 winning daughter of Kahal, Chocolicious, features in Australia once more as her second filly, a weanling by Australian sire sensation Fastnet Rock, goes under the hammer Monday in Book 1 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale. She is catalogued as Lot 231 and is consigned by Holbrook Thoroughbreds as agent.

Frankel - Chocolicious Filly fetches $610000 at Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

Frankel - Chocolicious Filly fetches $610000 at Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

Gr1 Allan Robertson winner Chocolicious, a Backworth Stud-bred daughter of Kahal has seen her first yearling by Frankel sold to Shadwell Stud for $610 000, off the Inglis Australia Easter Yearling Sale. She is the first yearling by Frankel to be sold in the Southern Hemisphere.

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!

Exciting New Acquisition for Backworth Stud

Exciting New Acquisition for Backworth Stud

We’re very excited to share the news of our acquisition last week, from the Michael Holmes Shongweni Horses In Training Sale, of a yet to be named bay filly by the Storm Cat stallion, Tiger Ridge, out of the champion Al Mufti mare Gilded Minaret.

Of Golden Swords and Car Park Queens

Car Park Queen with her colt foal by Golden Sword / Ian Todd (p)


This time of year is always so rewarding for a Stud Farm as the season’s foals begin to arrive. This handsome youngster is a colt foal by Golden Sword (High Chaparral) out of our British mare Car Park Queen (Zamindar).

Golden Sword,  who stands at Summerhill Stud here in KwaZulu-Natal, was a Graded Stakes winner of four races from 1400m to 2400m, earning in excess of R7million in his racing career. He was a runaway winner of the time honourded Group 3 Chester Vase Came and came within two lengths of the upset of the decade when running World Champion Sea The Stars to the line in the Investec English Derby (Gr 1). In Dubai, he ran the fastest 2000m in that country’s history for internationally acclaimed South African trainer Mike de Kock. Golden Sword’s Sire, High Chaparral, is the first stallion since his own illustrous sire, Sadler’s Wells, to achieve six Group One winners from his first year at stud.

Car Park Queen, is by Gone West’s Juddmonte Farms stallion, Zamindar, Sire of the brilliant Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Zarkava.

KZN Racing Awards 2013

Beach Beauty - Horse of the Year

Season 2012/2013

Congratulations from the Backworth team to the deserved winners of their various categories at last week’s KZN Racing Awards which paid fitting tribute to a fantastic 2012/2013 KwaZulu-Natal racing season! A special congratulations must be made to the enigmatic team behind Horse Of The Year, Beach Beauty; owners the Shanks Syndicate, trainer Dennis Drier and breeder, the late Trevor Armitage.

Horse Owner Trainer Breeder
Champion Two-Year-Old Female
ALONG CAME POLLY Brian Burnard Gavin van Zyl Varsfontein Stud
Champion Two-Year-Old Male
KOCHKA John Jones Alyson Wright Danika Stud
Champion Three-Year-Old Female
VIA AFRICA Albert Boshoff and Andre Hauptfleisch Duncan Howells Andre Hauptfleisch
Champion Three-Year-Old Male
VERCINGETORIX Al Adiyaat South Africa (Pty) Ltd Mike de Kock Klawervlei Stud
Champion Older Horse Female
BEACH BEAUTY Shanks Syndicate (Nom: Warren Kidd) Dennis Drier Trevor Armitage
Champion Older Horse Male
JEPPE’S REEF Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs GA Rupert) Mike Bass Drakenstein Stud
Champion Sprinter
VIA AFRICA Albert Boshoff and Andre Hauptfleisch Duncan Howells Andre Hauptfleisch
Champion Middle Distance
BEACH BEAUTY Shanks Syndicate (Nom: Warren Kidd) Dennis Drier Trevor Armitage
Champion Stayer
JEPPE’S REEF Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs GA Rupert) Mike Bass Drakenstein Stud
Anita Akal Special Award for dedicated service to the Horseracing Industry
Racing Personality of the Year
Apprentice of the Year
Jockey of The Year
Owner of the Year
Breeder of the Year
Ashburton Trainer of the Year
Clairwood Trainer of the Year
Summerveld Trainer of the Year
Ernie Duffield Memorial Trophy - Trainer of the Year
Groom of the Year
Horse of the Year


Equus Awards 2013 : Congratulations to our Champions!

Equus Awards 2013Equus Awards 2013
(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

South African Horseracing Season

The entire Backworth team wishes to take this opportunity to congratulate all our Equus Champions for the 2012/13 South African Racing Season!

And what a season it turned out to be with one of the most excting finales in recent history as both the Trainers and Breeders Championships went down to the wire, with jet-setting Mike de Kock and fellow KwaZulu-Natal breeder Summerhill Stud pipping contemporaries Vodacom Durban July victor Sean Tarry and Cape-based Klawervlei Stud repectively.

The International Achievement Award fell to Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint winner, Shea Shea, and the Outstanding Stallion Achievement deservedly went to young stallion sensation, Judpot, standing at Varsfontein Stud in partnership with the internationally renowned Niarchos Family.

Our team also wishes to acknowledge the fine efforts of all connections of Horse of the Year, Variety Club, the wonder miler who was unbeaten in five races over the year including the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge.

Another fantastic season down… and here’s to an even greater 2013/14!

Keith and Ian

Emperors Palace
14 August 2013

International Achievement Award
Shea Shea
Champion Two-Year-Old Colt
Champion Two-Year-Old Filly
Along Came Polly
Champion Three-Year-Old Colt
Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
Cherry On The Top
Champion Older Male
Variety Club
Champion Older Filly / Mare
Beach Beauty
Champion Sprinter (1000m - 1200m)
What a Winter
Champion Miler (1400m - 1600m)
Variety Club
Champion Middle-Distance (1400m - 2200m)
Heavy Metal
Champion Stayer (2400m+)
Jeppe’s Reef
Champion Stallion
Silvano - Maine Chance Farms
Champion Broodmare
Akinfeet - Lammerskraal Stud
Champion Breeder
Summerhill Stud
Outstanding Stallion Achievement
Judpot - Varsfontein Stud
Breeder Award - Exceptional International Achievement
Shea Shea - Klawervlei
Media Award - Print
David Thiselton
Media Award - Television
Jimmy Lithgow
Apprentice of the Year
Nooresh Juglall
Champion Jockey
Piere Strydom
Champion Trainer
Mike de Kock
Owners of the Year
Ingrid and Markus Jooste
Horse Of The Year
Variety Club


Mahbooba wins UAE 1000 Guineas from Reem and ChocoliciousUAE 1000 Guineas (Listed)
(Footage and Image : Dubai Racing)

Kahal (GB) - Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot (USA)

Herman Brown-trained Chocolicious (SAF) is performing well at the 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival; having started twice with a fourth in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial on 13 January and a solid third in US$250,000 UAE 1000 Guineas (Listed) on Thursday, behind the Mike de Kock-trained Galileo fillies, Mahbooba (AUS) and Reem (AUS).

We are holding thumbs that the Backworth-bred daughter of Kahal out of Candy Box continues her Dubai countdown; 4… 3… 2… 1…

Click left to watch the race video.


UAE 1000 Guineas (Listed) Sponsored by Etisalat
Meydan, Tapeta, 1600m
3 February 2011

Chocolicious (SAF)
Trainer : Herman Brown
Jockey : Ryan Moore
Owners : Messrs P Ebbs, MG Frost, MA Robinson and Ms L Kapustina, Messrs HJ Brown (Jnr) and NC Smith
Breeder : Backworth Stud

# Margin Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 MAHBOOBA (AUS) 59.0 3 Christophe Soumillon Mike de Kock
2 3.75 REEM (AUS) 59.0 5 Patrick Cosgrave Mike de Kock
3 1.5 CHOCOLICIOUS (SAF) 59.0 4 Ryan Moore Herman Brown
4 0.5 EMPIRE ROSE (ARG) 59.0 6 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock
5 1.25 ABTASAAMAH (USA) 54.5 2 Lanfranco Dettori Saeed bin Suroor
6 3.25 QUICK VAL (ARG) 59.0 8 Ted Durcan Herman Browm
7 2.5 AMICA (SAF) 59.0 1 Royston Ffrench Gay Kelleway
8 2.5 CRYING LIGHTENING (IRE) 54.5 7 Kieren Fallon Peter Chapple-Hyam


chocolicious allan robertson grade 1

Kahal (GB) - Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot (USA)

Chocolicious has tasted Grade 1 success in the Allan Robertson Championship at Scottsville on just her third start, with an impressive win from Waywest Goddess, Mahbooba and Oochee Agent.

Her career record now stands at 2 wins and 1 place from 3 starts.

R500,000 Allan Robertson Championship (Grade 1)
For 2 Year Old Fillies, Scottsville, 1200m, Turf

Owners : Messrs P Ebbs, MG Frost, MA Robinson and Ms L Kapustina, Messrs HJ Brown (Jnr) and NC Smith

Position LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 CHOCOLICIOUS 58.0 0 14 J Geroudis Herman Brown
2 0.50 WAYWEST GODDESS 58.0 0 12 P Strydom Louis Goosen
3 4.25 MAHBOOBA (AUS) 58.0 0 5 A Delpech Mike de Kock
4 4.30 OOCHEE AGENT 58.0 0 10 S Brown Paul Matchett
5 4.80 STORMY COAST 58.0 0 2 G Figueroa George Scott
6 7.85 HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD (AUS) 58.0 0 6 A Marcus Charles Laird
7 5.60 LEGAL ACCOUNT 58.0 0 3 B Fayd’Herbe Paul Lafferty
8 6.85 ROMANTIC MOON 58.0 0 7 S Randolph Duncan Howells
9 7.35 IBROX PARK 58.0 0 13 B Lerena Dominic Zaki
10 8.85 MAUREEN DE LAGO (AUS) 58.0 0 9 G Schlechter Darryl Hodgson
11 11.10 INDIGOFERA 58.0 0 1 N Welch Corne Spies
12 11.35 SIX BLUE NOTES 58.0 0 11 D Daniels Glen Kotzen
13 12.10 BIG ON BROADWAY (AUS) 58.0 0 8 F Coetzee Glen Kotzen
14 18.35 POPPINS 58.0 0 4 G Lerena Gavin van Zyl