Scenes from the KZN Yearling Sales at Sibaya

Scenes from the KZN Yearling Sales at Sibaya

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.

Avontuur Draft Catches the Eye at Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2015

Avontuur Draft Catches the Eye at Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2015

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.


Lewinsky's Lover with her filly foal by OratorioLewinsky’s Lover with her filly foal by Oratorio / Ian Todd (p)

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.

Bon Voyage to our Ladies!!

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
Plush Fort Wood n/a Var
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

Oratorio : Music & Wine

Oratorio Stallion linkClick above to read about Oratorio…

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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