NATIONAL YEARLING SALE
TBA SALES COMPLEX, GERMISTON
3-5 May 2017
Photos from the Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale this morning. Ian and Keith with Brian Burnard, the team from Team G Racing, Lot 72 Hale Kapu (Crusade x Forbidden Woods) and Lot 126 Love Theme (Oratorio x Lewinsky's Lover), the half sister to Scottsville 1200m course record holder, Humidor.
When Pippa Mickleburgh first arrived at Avontuur Stud, situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains 25 years ago, she had no idea that she was about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime writes Thoroughbred scribe Liesl King in the Thoroughbred Daily News. Though if she understood the local language, Afrikaans, she might have had an inkling of what lay in store: Avontuur translates to Adventure.
Oratorio (IRE) - Lewinsky’s Lover (SAF)
When you mix of a little Oratorio with a little Lewinsky’s Lover you get… GOOSEBUMPS!! This magnificent filly foal is something quite special!
Rated a Timeform 128, Oratorio is one of Danehill’s top rated sons. A triple Group 1 winner, a Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in France, a Champion 3-Year-Old Colt in Ireland and a Group performer in 11 races, Oratorio exuded racing class.
At stud, he was champion sire in Italy in 2012 and sire of Hong Kong Horse of the Year MILITARY ATTACK in 2013. He is the Sire of Group 1 winners in five different countries – BEETHOVEN (Britain), BANCHEE (New Zealand), MANAWANUI (Australia), TEMIDA (Germany), BIZ THE NURSE (Italy) and MILITARY ATTACK (Hong Kong). He is also sire of dual Group 2 winner CHERRY COLLECT (Italy), TORIO’S QUEST (Australia), KING TORUS (France), OTTIMO (South Africa), LOLLY FOR DOLLY (Australia); dual Group 3 winner MOONWALK IN PARIS (France & Dubai), VIZTORIO (UK), MOURINHO (Australia), ESENTEP (Australia) and TAKAR (Australia).
Lewinsky’s Lover by Jallad is from the family of Soho Secret; ARCSA Champion Broodmare in 1995, Kings Gambit; Equus Champion Stayer in 2008, London News; ARCSA Champion Three-Year-Old Colt and Horse of The Year in 1995 and Champion Older Male and Horse Of The Year in 1996, and Promisefrommyheart; Equus Champion Three-Year-Old Classic Female in 2004.
ORATORIO (IRE) - VICTORIA
Here’s a fiesty colt foal by Oratorio out of our Albert Hall mare, Victoria.
On your marks… get set… ORATORIO!
Backworth Mares depart for the Cape / Ian Todd (p)
Spring is always an exciting, yet anxious, time for any Stud Farm as the results of years of intricately calculated planning and breeding come to fruition with the arrival of the past season’s foals and the selection of the next season’s Stallions.
This year is a particularly anxious, yet exciting, time for the Backworth team as we bid farewell to a few members of our broodmare band as they embark on their journey to the fairest Cape… and to some impressive Stallion talent too!
|Mare||Broodmare Sire||In Foal To||Visiting Stallion (2014)|
|Angel Bells||Labeeb||n/a||What A Winter|
|Auburn Annio||Point Given||n/a||Oratorio|
|Blue Lace Agate||Rakeen||n/a||Oratorio|
|Captured Time||Capture Him||Irish Flame||Dynasty|
|Cupid’s Daughter||Ad Valorem||Byword||Var|
|Dancing Royale||Danehill Dancer||Byword||Oratorio|
|Forbidden Woods||Fort Wood||Crusade||Judpot|
|Gilt Edge||Goldkeeper||Kahal||Potala Palace|
|Moving On Up||Jallad||n/a||Oratorio|
|Refined Gold||Rich Man’s Gold||n/a||Var|
|Sunset Ridge||Tiger Ridge||n/a||Judpot|
|November Sky||Imperial Stride||n/a||Var|
|Varlet||Var||Gimmethegreenlight||Master Of My Fate|
Danehill (USA) - Mahrah (USA) by Vaguely Noble (IRE)
Breeding, conformation, track performance and an enviable producing record. What more could one demand of a top stallion? Oratorio ticks all the right boxes and the great news is that the former Coolmore Australia resident is standing his first season at stud in South Africa in 2013, alongside the outstanding Var at Avontuur Estate in the magnificent Cape winelands. Backworth Stud are proud to be members of the stallion syndicate.
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