Paul Matchett

Raise The Bar wins thrilling Woodland Sprint

Raise The Bar HorseRaise The Bar
(Photo : JC Photos)

RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

The Paul Matchett-trained 5-year-old mare, Raise The Bar (Goldkeeper - Moving On Up), scored a thrilling victory in the Woodland Sprint on sand at the Vaal Thursday. She got up in the dying strides to win on the line from Summer Speedsters winner, Solarium (Var - Red Remedy); going one better in this R125,000 event than a year ago, where she finished a closing second to eventual Banyana Handicap (Listed) winner, Sapphire Ring (Spectrum - Star Sapphire).

Now approaching the twilight of her career, Raise The Bar has been a super performer for her R230,000 purchase price from the 2009 KZN Yearling Sale. Her career record now stands at 8 wins and 14 places from 32 starts, with earnings in excess of R800,000.

Our congratulations go to owner Mr John Koumides as well as to trainer Paul Matchett and his team.

WOODLAND SPRINT (Non-Black Type)
Vaal, Sand, 1200m
28 February 2013

Win Time : 71.94

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 63.5 101 1 R Simons Paul Matchett
2 0.05 SOLARIUM 61.5 97 6 R Fradd Mike Azzie
3 1.00 TALLY BLUE (USA) 54.0 82 5 K Zechner Mike Azzie
4 1.10 TATTERS 54.0 82 4 D David Roy Magner
5 2.50 CLUB CAPTAIN 52.0 77 10 * C Thabana Leon Erasmus
6 3.00 IKATI 52.0 76 2 M Van Rensburg Kumaran Naidoo
7 4.00 SMART GIRL 56.5 87 8 S Chambers Roy Magner
8 6.75 TILBURY 53.5 81 12 D Lembethe Sean Tarry
9 10.50 HOTEL ROYALE 53.0 80 7 ** S Brown (+1.0) Leon Erasmus
10 11.75 KEEN SMARTLY 56.5 87 3 F Naude Corne Spies
11 17.00 VARIETY SHOW 52.0 76 11 C Maujean Sean Tarry
12 19.00 EAGLE HIGH 52.5 85 9 E Pheiffer Tyrone Zackey


Late Scratching




13 0.00 SLIGHTLY BLONDE 52.0 78 n/a n/a Roy Magner

Raise The Bar adds to Impressive Race Record

Raise The Bar HorseRaise The Bar
(Photo : JC Photos)

RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

The Backworth-bred 5-year-old mare, Raise The Bar (SAF) (Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF)), won the Computaform Express Conditions Plate (F&M) over 1450m on the Vaal sand Monday before Christmas under jockey Randall Simons.

Our congratulations go to owner Mr John Koumides as well as to trainer Paul Matchett and his team.

This win takes Raise The Bar’s career record to 7 wins and 13 places from 30 starts, with earnings of R594,375.

COMPUTAFORM EXPRESS CONDITIONS PLATE (F & M)
Vaal, Sand, 1450m
24 December 2012

Win Time : 89.29

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 60.0 95 2 R Simons Paul Matchett
2 0.75 MAGIC SMOKE 54.0 93 6 * N Juglall Mike Azzie
3 4.50 SHATTERED IMAGE 56.0 87 3 G Lerena Roy Magner
4 5.00 AMUR AFFAIR 52.0 92 10 R Danielson Mike de Kock
5 12.00 HOTEL ROYALE 61.0 83 9 * A Aucharuz (4.0) Leon Erasmus
6 15.25 FOLLOW THE PIPER 64.0 105 4 P Strydom Sean Tarry
7 16.00 TALLY BLUE (USA) 54.0 82 5 R Fradd Mike Azzie
8 16.75 TOBE’S LASS 51.0 61 7 E Pheiffer Corne Spies
9 18.00 VARIETY SHOW 52.0 79 8 ** D Lembethe (+0.5) Sean Tarry
10 24.00 ATONEMENT 52.0 50 1 * C Zackey (4.0) Romeo Francis

RAISE THE BAR IMPRESSES IN QUEEN OF THE SAND

Lucky Break - half brother to Raise The Bar by MuhtafalLot 106 LUCKY BREAK (Muhtafal (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF))
2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale

RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

A hotly contested Listed Queen Of The Sand over 1600m on the Vaal sand track Tuesday produced an exciting finish with the Roy Magner-trained daughter of Darley stallion Medaglia D’Oro, Mina Salaam, winning by 3/4 lengths from a running-on Paul Matchett-trained Raise The Bar (Goldkeeper - Moving On Up).

Backworth-bred Raise The Bar’s vanquisher, Mina Salaam, has an impressive race record which includes wins in the first two legs of the Zimbabwean Triple Crown as a three-year-old. She is out of the champion South African mare, Circle of Life, and is a half sister to Grade 1 winners African Lion and Zebra Crossing.

Raise The Bar’s career record stands at 6 wins and 10 places from 22 starts.

Look out for Lot 106 LUCKY BREAK, Raise The Bar’s half brother by Muhtafal, at the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

QUEEN OF THE SAND (Listed)
Vaal, Sand, 1600m
24 April 2012

Win Time : 98.97

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 MINA SALAAM 60.0 99 1 G Lerena Roy Magnier
2 0.75 RAISE THE BAR 60.0 97 5 M Mienie Paul Matchett
3 1.75 FORMATION 52.5 78 7 JP v’d Merwe St John Grey
4 3.00 SHATTERED IMAGE 52.5 86 12 D David Roy Magnier
5 4.50 FOLLOW THE PIPER 60.0 104 9 P Strydom Sean Tarry
6 4.75 FULL MOON RISING 55.5 86 2 * N Juglall Mike Azzie
7 6.00 RUNNING RIVULET 52.5 83 11 T Appie Paul Peter
8 7.25 KEEN SMARTLY 55.0 91 4 D Yeo Neville Fisher
9 15.00 SKINNY DIP 52.5 78 10 F Herholdt Alec Laird
10 18.00 GREYLAAMI 55.5 94 6 S Brown Janine Pienaar
11 21.00 ZILOMANTE (BRZ) 57.5 90 8 S Chambers Paul Matchett
12 34.00 SHUFFLES 57.5 91 3 S Khumalo St John Grey


Late Scratching




13 0.00 CHECK IT 52.5 81 2 Res Sean Miller

RAISE THE BAR GOLDEN IN LISTED NKOSAZANA STAKES

Raise The Bar wins the Nkosazana StakesRaise The Bar wins the Nkosazana Stakes
(Photo : JC Photos)

RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

The Paul Matchett-trained 4-year-old filly, Raise The Bar (SAF) (Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF)), had stepped onto the Vaal sand track nine times in her career prior to Tuesday; for 3 wins and 5 places.

Sitting on the rail at the back of the pack under the experienced Marthinus Mienie, Raise The Bar had it all to do coming into the final straight. With 300m to go, Ugly Betty (ARG) (Mutakddim (USA)) surged to the fore with Raise The Bar and Sapphire Ring (SAF) (Spectrum (IRE)) in hot pursuit. With 150m to go, it was all over as Raise The Bar surged clear to win going away by 2.5 lengths from Ugly Betty and Shattered Image (SAF) (Damage Is Done (SAF)).

Our congratulations go to owner Mr John Koumides as well as to trainer Paul Matchett and his team.

This win takes Raise The Bar’s career record to 6 wins and 9 places from 21 starts, with earnings of R479,125.

NKOSAZANA STAKES (Listed)
Vaal, Sand, 1450m
27 March 2012

Win Time : 91.13

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 58.5 93 1 M Mienie Paul Matchett
2 2.50 UGLY BETTY (ARG) 53.0 82 10 D David Roy Magner
3 3.75 SHATTERED IMAGE 52.0 86 9 T Appie Roy Magner
4 4.25 SKINNY DIP 52.0 78 11 F Herholdt Alec Laird
5 5.75 CHECK IT 53.0 82 6 S Khumalo Sean Miller
6 6.25 SAPPHIRE RING 54.0 84 5 R Fradd Dianne Stenger
7 8.75 XILOMANTE (BRZ) 57.5 91 8 P Strydom Paul Matchett
8 9.00 PHI 52.0 69 2 * N Juglall Kumaran Naidoo
9 9.50 SILENT ANGEL 52.0 72 4 J Soll John Vos
10 12.25 MEXICAN GLORY (ARG) 52.5 87 3 R Simons Paul Matchett
11 14.75 END OF SEASON 55.0 86 7 S Chambers St John Gray
12 21.00 SHUFFLES 58.0 92 12 S Brown St John Gray
13 30.00 LEGAL ACCOUNT 53.5 83 13 D Daniels Stephen Moffatt

Late Scratchings





14 0.00 MINA SALAAM 61.5 99 15 G Lerena Roy Magner
15 0.00 SILENT WINGS 52.0 79 13 Reserve Geoff Woodruff

STEP IT UP RAISES THE BAR FOR MOVING ON UP

Step It Up by WindrushStep It Up (SAF)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

STEP IT UP (SAF)
Windrush (USA) - Moving On Up by Jallad (USA)

Step It Up won yesterday for the farm and our partners; Messrs JJ Snyman, HJ Brown (Jnr), Mr JM Coppez and Mrs NJ Coppezover, over 1000m at Greyville, under jockey Ian Sturgeon for trainers Herman Brown Jnr and Frank Robinson.

Step It Up is a half sister to our top performing ‘Raise The Bar’ who is racing for trainer Paul Matchett; 5 wins and 8 places from 19 starts.

This win further proves our mare ‘Moving On Up’ - as Step It Up is now the 2nd winner of 2 racing foals!

We have a very nice half brother to Step It Up by Muhtafal, called ‘Lucky Break’, which will be in the Backworth draft for sale at the National Yearling Sales from 27 - 29 April 2012 at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston, Gauteng.

STEP IT UP is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale.

UK SOCCER 4 MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
Greyville, Turf, 1000m
5 February 2012

Win Time : 59.35

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 STEP IT UP 60.0 75 7 I Sturgeon Herman Brown / Frank Robinson
2 0.10 FLAMING PRINCESS 60.0 68 4 A Delpech Gilbert Werner
3 1.60 CAPE VESTA 60.0 65 1 * L Mohapi (4.0) Pat Lunn
4 2.35 CYCLONE AMBER 60.0 62 2 C Taylor Glen Puller
5 3.10 PLATINUM FOX 60.0 62 11 A Forbes Michael Roberts
6 3.60 FOREST TROVE 60.0 60 3 C Orffer Sean Tarry
7 5.60 TANYA’S CHOICE 60.0 63 5 * J King (2.5) Greg & Karen Anthony
8 6.60 DELLY’S DELIGHT 60.0 52 10 * D Dillon (4.0) Yogas Govender
9 7.85 MOCHA SHEIK 60.0 50 8 S Randolph Wendy Whitehead
10 8.60 STELLA MAC 60.0 59 9 * B Claassen (4.0) Michael Roberts
11 17.85 OPERA LASS 60.0 0 6 M Yeni Gavin van Zyl


Late Scratchings




12 0.00 SWELL PARTY 60.0 0 6 A Marcus Tony Rivalland

RAISE THE BAR : 4-3-2-1 FOR PAUL MATCHETT

Raise The Bar by GoldkeeperRaise The Bar - KZN Yearling Sale 2009
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

Prior to her thrilling win yesterday at the Vaal, Raise The Bar, the Backworth-bred four-year-old daughter of Goldkeeper, had contested three successive Conditions Plates at the same track since a layoff and had placed in all of them; finishing fourth, third and second respectively.

In her first run back over the 1200m sand track, where she was drawn widest of all in an 11-strong field, never a good position in races over 1200m, 1450m and 1600m, she did well to finish five lengths behind Mina Salaam.

Her penultimate start was also over 1200m and she had to jump from stall No 9 - also not a great draw - and she finished three lengths in arrears of Follow The Piper.

Last Thursday she lined up in an event over 1000m in which Hidden Beauty looked a standout bet. That proved to be the case, but Raise The Bar did manage to finish a 3.75-length second.

This time around Raise The Bar drew No 3 over her best distance and carried 60.5kg.

Raise The Bar is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2009 KZN Yearling Sale.

J&B MET 28 JANUARY KENILWORTH RACECOURSE FM 90 DIVIDED HANDICAP (F&M)
Vaal, Sand, 1200m
19 January 2012

Win Time : 73:04

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 60.5 91 3 M Mienie Paul Matchett
2 0.25 SAPPHIRE RING 54.5 79 4 P Strydom Dianne Stenger
3 3.00 MINWA (AUS) 53.5 77 9 D Mansour Erico Verdonese
4 7.25 POPPINS 61.0 92 8 A Delpech Gavin van Zyl
5 10.25 MACLAINE 52.0 69 5 C Maujean Louis Goosen
6 10.30 HOWHIGHCANUFLY 52.5 75 2 JP van der Merwe Roy Magner
7 10.50 GODDESS ATHENA 52.5 82 7 L Nhlapo Lucky Houdalakis
8 13.25 PACIFIC DYNASTY 53.0 76 10 *N Juglall Wallace Tolmay
9 14.50 SMALL MIRACLE 53.0 83 1 ** J Greyling (+0.5) Dominic Zaki
10 15.75 ALOUETTE 54.0 78 6 E Pheiffer Lucky Houdalakis

STELLAR WIN FOR RAISE THE BAR ON DURBAN JULY DAY

Raise The Bar - Vodacom Durban July Race DayRaise The Bar - Bold Silvano (2010) FM 90 Handicap (F&M)
(Photo : Gold Circle / Backworth Stud)

RAISE THE BAR
Bold Silvano (2010) FM 90 Handicap F&M

The 12th on Vodacom Durban July Race Day, saw Backworth-bred Raise The Bar (Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up by Jallad) nosing a win from the Highlands-bred Stellar Season (Count Dubois (GB)) and the D Cohen & Sons-bred Queen Tamara (Dynasty (SAF)).

This win takes the three-year-old’s career earnings to R234,125, and her race record of 4 wins and 3 places from 12 starts.

Congratulations to trainer Paul Matchett, jockey Randall Simons and to owner Mr John Koumides on Raise The Bar’s victory.

BOLD SILVANO (2010) FM 90 HANDICAP (F&M)
Greyville, Turf, 1100m
2 July 2011
# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 56.5 84 5 R Simons Paul Matchett
2 0.05 STELLAR SEASON 55.5 82 8 M Byleveld Duncan Howells
3 0.80 QUEEN TAMARA 52.5 75 2 G Schlechter Dennis Drier
4 2.30 WEST END 57.0 84 6 G Lerena Jeff Freedman
5 2.55 CANDY TUFT 60.5 91 4 S Randolph Dennis Drier
6 3.05 IN LIKE FLYNN 62.5 96 3 G Hatt Joey Ramsden
7 4.30 LADY BEATRIX 55.0 81 10 K Teetan Brett Webber
8 4.80 IBROX PARK 55.5 82 9 R Fourie Dominic Zaki
9 4.90 AUTUMN LEAVES 55.0 81 7 N Roebuck Lowan Denysschen
10 7.90 ENGLISH ASPEN 56.0 83 1 A Domeyer Dennis Bosch


Late Scratchings




11 0.00 POPPINS 59.0 89 9 R Danielson Gavin van Zyl
12 0.00 JENNA THE PINK 56.5 83 6 C Maujean Glen Puller
13 0.00 TARRAGON 55.5 81 4 D Daniels Michael Roberts

UMKOMAAS WINS BACKWORTH STUD MR 95 HANDICAP

Umkomaas wins Backworth Stud MR 95 HandicapUmkomaas - Backworth Stud MR 95 Divided Handicap
(Photo : Gold Circle / Backworth Stud)
At the KZN Breeder’s Race Day at Clairwood on the 19th June, Backworth Stud sponsored the Merit Rate 95 Divided Handicap.

Congratulations to trainer Paul Matchett, jockey Anthony Delpech, and winning connections Mesdames S Naidoo and S Padayachee on UMKOMAAS’s victory.

BACKWORTH STUD MR 95 DIVIDED HANDICAP
Clairwood, Turf, 1000m
19 June 2011
# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 UMKOMAAS 56.0 89 5 A Delpech Paul Matchett
2 0.75 BURAGH 55.0 85 7 A Marcus Yogus Govender
3 2.50 TETELESTAI 60.0 95 6 * K de Melo (2.5) Duncan Howells
4 3.50 VILLANDRY 60.0 95 1 S Brown Deon Visser
5 5.75 JUNGLE CALL 52.0 76 3 * S Naidoo (4.0) Glen Puller
6 5.80 ALLOCATION 53.5 84 4 * D S Lembethe (2.5) Michael Roberts
7 5.90 MADRISA 90.0 97 2 G Lerena Deon Visser
8 8.90 PEACE PLAN 53.5 84 8 M Odendaal Michael Miller

ONE-TWO FOR RAISE THE BAR AND BLINGLE BELLS

Raise The Bar by GoldkeeperRAISE THE BAR
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

RAISE THE BAR
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up by Jallad (USA)

The Backworth-bred duo of Raise The Bar (Gold Keeper (USA) - Moving On Up) and Blingle Bells (Parade Leader (USA) - September Bells) did us proud in the third race at the Vaal yesterday when notching up a convincing one/two.

Congratulations to trainers Paul Matchett (Raise The Bar) and Leon Erasmus (Blingle Bells).

Raise The Bar is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2009 KZN Yearling Sale. 

 

 

MR 76 Handicap
For Fillies and Mares
Vaal, Sand, 1000m
Win Time : 59.33

Trainer : Paul Matchett
Jockey : Marthinus Mienie
Owner : Mr J Koumides
Breeder : Backworth Stud

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 RAISE THE BAR 60.5 82 5 M Mienie Paul Matchett
2 1.75 BLINGLE BELLS 63.5 83 4 * D Lee (4.0) Leon Erasmus
3 2.00 BELLA MIA 55.0 66 8 L Nhlapo Leon Erasmus
4 3.25 TIME ROLLS ON 53.5 68 11 G Figueroa Paul Matchett
5 3.50 WILD SWAN 58.0 72 10 A Marcus Charles Laird
6 4.00 DIXIE LASS 59.5 75 3 S Brown Leon Erasmus
7 6.50 REBECCA SHARP 60.5 77 2 G Lerena Brett Webber
8 8.00 MAKEMEFAMOUS 52.5 61 6 D Mansour Greg & Karen Anthony
9 8.25 JOLLY POPPINS 59.5 80 9 J Sampson Louis Goosen
10 9.50 LOOK FOR LIGHT 55.0 66 1 * N Qaule (4.0) Lucky Houdalakis
11 11.00 GOLD ESSENCE 52.0 56 7 S Khumalo Romeo Francis


Late Scratchings




12 0.00 STRIKE PRINCESS 57.5 71 8 R Simons Barend Botes