Superb Performances from Backworth-Breds

Superb Performances from Backworth-Breds

We witnessed superb performances from Backworth-breds in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape this past week for trainers Michael Miller, Dorrie Sham and Tony Rivalland.

Aquinata Storms to Maiden Win for Dorrie Sham

Aquinata Storms to Maiden Win for Dorrie Sham

Backworth-bred Aquinata won a super race Friday at Fairview for trainer Dorrie Sham with jockey Karl Zechner up. Prior to this maiden win, the striking grey daughter of Silvano, out of Tsunami by Shaamit, had placed twice from her first two starts. Congratulations to owners Adriaan and Rika van Vuuren... we’re certain this filly is just getting started!

Backworth Sells First Seven Figure Yearling of NYS 2014

national yearling sale 2014 - keith russon ian todd with lot 5 alloy by silvanoKeith Russon and Ian Todd with Lot 5 Alloy (Silvano - Refined Gold) at NYS 2014 / Backworth Stud (p)

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
27 - 28 April 2014

There was great excitement for the Backworth Stud team at the opening session of the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale this afternoon.

The first seven figure lot sold at NYS 2014 came just five lots into proceedings when lot 5 Alloy, the Backworth-bred son of champion sire Silvano out of Refined Gold, was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for an even R1 million.

The bay colt is out of a winning daughter of Rich Man’s Gold (broodmare sire of SASCOC Triple Crown victor Louis The King).

Named Alloy, the R1 million colt is from the same family as previous Triple Crown winner, and promising sire, Horse Chestnut, as well as champion Monyela and this season’s smart 3-year-old filly, Close The Gap.

Congratulations to Form Bloodstock who have purchased a quality colt with a world-class pedigree!

The Team behind our National Yearling Sales Draft!

backworth stud team behind national yearling sale draft(l to r) Owners Keith Russon and Ian Todd, Farm Manager Dillyn Brijlal, Stud Vet Dr Carla Langley and Scotties Rupert and Xavier Todd Russon

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
27 - 28 April 2014

The showpiece of South African yearling sales, the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, is rapidly approaching… now just a few days away!

The Nationals take place at the TBA Sales Complex in Gosforth Park, Germiston and Backworth Stud consigns a select draft including a classy, quality Silvano colt, a well grown, scopey daughter of sensational second season sire Judpot, a superb colt by champion Western Winter with a near perfect confirmation, and a magnificent, extremely athletic filly with an illustrious pedigree by Muhtafal.

Lot 5 ALLOY (Silvano (GER) - Refined Gold)
Lot 186 JOLLERIE (Judpot (USA) - Angel Bells)
Lot 192 ICE RUN (Western Winter (USA) - Blue Lace Agate)
Lot 406 SCANDAL (Muhtafal (USA) - Lewinsky’s Lover)

We look forward to seeing you at the sales!

Keith and Ian

Look who's admiring Aquinata...

Backworth Draft for 2013 National Yearling Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
26 - 28 April 2013

Lot 26
Muhtafal /
Miss Unimac
Half brother to PRIVATE COLLECTION 5 wins, MACFIRE 5 wins, MACMUFTI 6 wins and VARLET 5 wins. Family of LOTKAS STAR (AUS) joint 3rd Top Rated 3-Year-Old Female Miler in Australia, 5 wins including Storm Queen Stakes Gr2, CABOTEUR: 13 wins, and WIND JAMMER: 9 wins, including Administrative Trophy Gr3. Dam MISS UNIMAC half sister to MARIONIQUE (AUS), Dam of LADY MARION: 8 wins, including Marsh Classic Stakes Gr2, Tristarc Stakes Gr2, WH Stocks Stakes Gr3, dam of LARGO LAD (AUS) 6 wins.
Lot 108
Miesque’s Approval /
Ramp Model
Family of STUDIO STAR 6 wins, own sister to CLASSIQUE STORY 4 wins, half sister to RIPLING STAR Dam of RIPLING RING. SIGNOR AMIGO 10 wins, including Cape Flying Championship Gr1 (twice), Gilbey’s Stakes Gr1, Natal Mercury Sprint Gr1 (twice), Rupert Ellis Brown Plate Gr3 and HAMMER BELLE ARCSA Champion 2-year-old Filly : 4 wins including Allan Robertson Fillies Championship Gr1, Spring Fillies Stakes (L).
Lot 113

Trippi /
Refined Gold

Half sister to WHITE TIGER, winner and placed twice from only 6 starts. Family of SPORTS CHESTNUT: 4 wins, including Cape Fillies Guineas Gr1, Tibouchina Stakes Gr3. LONDON WALL, Equus Champion Broodmare, Dam of HORSE CHESTNUT: Equus Horse of the Year, Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Champion Male Stayer, 8 wins, including SA Derby Gr1, The Classic Gr1, J&B Met Gr1, Cape Guineas Gr1, the Dingaans Gr2, Broward Handicap Gr3. Sire. MONYELA: Equus Champion Older Female Stayer, 5 wins, including SA Oaks Gr2 and Gold Circle Oaks Gr2.
Lot 228

Silvano /

Grandam own sister to SATELLITE BAY (AUS) 7 wins, KISS A HALO (AUS) (dam of UNDOUBTEDLY (AUS) winner inclusing Blue Diamond Stakes Gr1, Queen Adelaide Stakes (L), REGAL KISS (AUS) 6 wins including Reisling Slipper Trial Stakes Gr2, Irwin Stakes Gr3, Dequetteville Stakes (L), Balcrest Stakes (L), and TOORAK THUNDER (AUS): 3 wins including Blue Diamond Preview Gr3, Fulhma Park Plate (L). Half sister to RUNAWAY KNIGHT (AUS) 13 wins.
Lot 294
Western Winter /
Auburn Annio
Dam AUBURN ANNIO daughter of SOUTHERN SPRING (ARG), Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Argentina; Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Argentina; Champion Older Mare Argentina; 5 wins including Polla de Potrancas - One Thousand Guineas Gr1, Carrera de las Estrellas Gr1, Premio Jorge de Atucha, Gr1 Premio Carlos Casares Gr2, 2nd Premio Saturnino J. Unze Gr1. Own sister to SUN SPRING (ARG): 4 wins including Carrera de las Estrellas Gr1. Half sister to GOLD SPRING (ARG): 14 wins including Premio Carrera de las Estrellas Gr1, GP Maipu, Gr1 and Premio de las Estellas Productos Gr1.
Lot 424
Miesque’s Approval /
Going Places
Half brother of FIRST AGAIN highest merit rated filly of her generation (106). 8 wins and placed 14 times from 27 starts, including Ipi Tombe Stakes Gr2, 13 places including 4th Garden Province Stakes Gr1, 4th The Flamboyant Stakes (L) (twice). 
Family of FIRST MOVEMENT 6 wins 2nd Zimbabwe Oaks Gr3, Gallantry Fillies Classic (L), 3&4 Year-Old Championship Stakes (L), Breeders Champion Fillies Stakes (L), 3rd Flame Lily Sprint (L). Dam of GOLD MERCHANT KZN Champion Sprinter 5 wins including Natal Post Merchants Handicap Gr2, 3rd Byerley Turk Plate Gr3. DING DONG: 10 wins, including Metropolitan Handicap Gr1, Chairmans Handicap Gr3, Syd Garrett Handicap (L), Sire.
Lot 518
Miesque’s Approval /
Lewinsky’s Lover
Dam LEWINSKY’S LOVER daughter of VOTE CATCHER, half sister to SECRET PACT (dam of SECRET HEART, PROMISEFROMMYHEART: Equus Champion 3-Year-Old Classic Female, 6 wins, Triple Tiara Gr1, SA Fillies Guineas Gr1, Thekweni Fillies Stakes Gr2, COVENANT: 7 wins, including Majorca Stakes (WFA) Gr1, Sceptre Stakes (WFA) Gr2 (twice), grandam of PLUCK (USA): 3 wins, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes Gr2, Summer Stakes Gr3), UNDERGROUND LADY (dam of LADY BROMPTON: 7 wins, Spring Challenge Gr1, Empress Club Stakes Gr2, Jacaranda Handicap Gr3, grandam of KINGS GAMBIT: JT Equus Champion Stayer, 7 wins in South Africa and Great Britain, SA Derby Gr1, SA Classic Gr1, Gordon Richards Stakes Gr3), BLUE SHADE, LONDON NEWS: ARCSA Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and JT Horse of the Year in 1995, Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male in 1996, 11 wins in South Africa and Hong Kong, The ‘Classic’, Gr1 Daily News 2000, Gr1 Rothmans July Handicap Gr1: Sire.
Lot 523

Kahal /
Linda Grandeza

Family of WELL DECORATED (USA) 6 wins including Arlington-Washington Futurity Gr1, Saratoga Special Stakes Gr2, Bahamas Handicap Gr3, Sport Page Handicap (L). Multiple Group placed and Sire. VICTORIOUS (USA) 3 wins including Saratoga Special Stakes Gr2, Juvenille Stakes Gr3, Flash Stakes (L). Multiple Group placed and Sire.


Dilemma time!! Hermes, Handbags... or Horses?

(Photos : Ian Todd)

“The Midas Touch”

Backworth welcomed the visits this past weekend of dear friend of the farm Anne Veltman, Robin and Joyce Scott, Keith and Pauline Young and the Marnewick family; Michael, Candiese, Julia and Mia.

Hermes, Handbags… or Horses?! Anne Veltman was presented with a ‘real dilemma’ as she was simply taken in by Aquinata; a flashy, grey filly yearling by Silvano out of Tsunami.

After many years of committed and successful racing in Zimbabwe, as well as her midas touch, maybe it’s time Anne swopped shopping in London for the real thing?!

As seen in the pic above, Stud Manager Johan Alberts endorses Anne’s choice of Yearling!

2013 National Yearling Sale Inspection

2013 national yearling sale inspection rss

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
26 & 28 April 2013

Backworth Stud enjoyed John Kramer and Kerry Jack’s visit to inspect our yearlings nominated for the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, and are pleased to share that despite bad weather, our ‘nominated yearlings’ were well received. The horses did themselves proud averaging a score of 8.5 with a few 9 toppers.

There is a good stallion mix in the draft, with Western Winter, Silvano, Trippi, Kahal, Muhtafal and Miesque’s Approval stamping their mark.

There are always a few that take one’s eye, and in particular is the big rangey grey Silvano filly ‘Aquinata’ out of Tsunami who really has a commanding presence. The Western Winter filly ‘Cold Fact’ is a strong workmanlike specimen, whilst the Miesque’s Approval colt ‘Humidor’ out of Lewinsky’s Lover is very impressive showing plenty quality.

We are some months off the sales, and preparation is just beginning, so we look forward to sharing their development over the next few months.

First day in a head collar!

Colt foal by Var out of ClematisColt foal by Var out of Clematis
(Photo : Ian Todd)

Var (USA) - Clematis (SAF)

This rather ‘somber looking’, unusual-colored colt foal by Var, out of maiden mare Clematis, was not enjoying his first day in head collar!

He has no reason to be somber though! Clematis by Silvano, had 3 wins at 3 to 5 over 1400m to 2000m and placed 3 times including a cracking 2nd in the Off To Stud Handicap (L).

Her dam, Upwardly Mobile, had 3 wins and 11 places including a 3rd in the Diamond Stakes (L). She is the dam of Badger’s Gift, by Badger Land, who recorded 8 wins including the TBA Paddock Stakes (Gr1) and the Diana Stakes (Gr3), and 16 places including 2nd in the Odessa Stud Fillies Championship (Gr2) and the Victress Stakes (L) and 3rd in the Tibouchina Stakes (Gr2), the Prix Du Cap (Gr3) and the Riverworld Stud Prix Du Cap (Gr3).


Filly Yearling by Silvano out of Tsunami

Tsunami’s filly yearling by Silvano
(Photo : Ian Todd)

Silvano (GER) - Tsunami (SAF)

Earlier this week we shared with you the news of the arrival of Tsunami’s beautful ‘pure’ black filly foal by King’s Chapel.

Here is Tsunami’s spectacular grey yearling, a filly by Silvano - probably one of our top yearlings for next year’s Emperors Palace National Yearlings Sale!



National Yearling Sale 2012

We’re giving you a Golden Opportunity
to own some Solid Gold Talent.

The results speak for themselves. Larger competitors might choke on these stats, but there’s no denying that although we’re small, when we play with the big boys, you get value for your money.



“We are worth Backing”

LOT 90
Admire Main (JPN)
Merriment (SAF)
Half sister to SUPERWOOD, family of SOHO SECRET ARCSA Champion Broodmare, KINGS GAMBIT Equus Champion Stayer, LONDON NEWS Multiple Champion and PROMISE FROM MY HEART Equus 3YO Classic Female.
LOT 106
Muhtafal (USA)
Moving On Up (SAF)
Half brother to Raise The Bar 6 wins inlcluding Nkosazana Stakes (Listed), and Step It Up 1 win, 4 places from 8 starts. Granddaughter of ETERNAL DANCER 12 wins. Family of CHATTARONGA 6 wins.
LOT 166
Kahal (GB)
Ramp Model (SAF)
Family of STUDIO STAR 6 wins, CLASSIQUE STORY 4 wins, SIGNOR AMIGO 10 wins, multiple Gr1 wins and
HAMMER BELLE ARCSA Champion 2-year-old Filly.
LOT 199
Silvano (GER)
September Bells (SAF)
Half sister to BLINGLE BELLS 4 wins including 2nd, 3rd Banyana Handicap (Listed), and BRASSY BRITCHES 5 wins. Family of ENCHANTED GARDEN ARCSA Horse of the Year and Champion 3-year-old Filly, DOG WOOD Equus Champion 3-year-old Filly.
LOT 351
Windrush (USA)
Auburn Annio (USA)
AUBURN ANNIO - Daughter of SOUTHERN SPRING Champion 2-year-old, 3-year-old and Champion Older Mare in Argentina.
LOT 362
Kahal (GB)
Blue Lace Agate (SAF)
Family of WILD ASTER 6 wins, DAMASCUS ROAD 8 wins, ALASTOR 10 wins, incl J&B Met Gr1
and NATIONAL FLAME 11 wins.
LOT 390
Kahal (GB)
Collection Prive (SAF)
Family of RIGHT PREROGATIVE ARCSA Champion 3-year-old colt 5 wins, incl July Handicap, LONDON FOG Spey Bridge Champion Older Horse 10 wins, BIG CHARLES 10 wins incl July Handicap.
LOT 434
Count Dubois (GB)
Feather Bed (IRE)
Own sister to FRENCHPARK (GB) Gr1 winner, SAYEH (IRE), half sister to PEARLY SHELLS (GB)
3rd Top Rated Filly in Europe in 2002.

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
27 - 29 April 2012



John Kramer inspects YearlingJohn Kramer inspects our National Sales Yearlings.
(Photo: Backworth Stud)

27 - 29 April 2012

John Kramer and Stanley Bennett visited Backworth yesterday to score our nominated Yearlings for the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale to be held from 27 - 29 April 2012 in Johannesurg.

We were delighted with the scores, which show we have a well balanced and consistent crop of yearlings for potential purchasers.


Yearling Sire Mare Score
THRILL FACTOR Windrush (USA) Auburn Annio (USA) 8
MAID FOR WAR A.P. Arrow (USA) Battalia (SNL) 9
BLACK DIAMOND Kahal (GB) Blue Lace Agate (SAF) 9
PRIVATE GAME Kahal (GB) Collection Prive (SAF) 8.5
DOWN SIR! DOWN Count Dubois (GB) Feather Bed (IRE) 8
GRANDEUR Judpot (USA) Linda Grandeza (AUS) 8.5
TOO MUCH FUN Admire Main (JPN) Merriment (SAF) 8
LUCKY BREAK Muhtafal (USA) Moving On Up (SAF) 9.5
BE FABULOUS Kahal (GB) Ramp Model (SAF) 8.5
RITES OF SPRING Silvano (GER) September Bells (SAF) 8



Backworth Stud BroodmaresBackworth Broodmares
(Photo : Ian Todd)
We’re proud to announce the acquisition from the Cape Mare and Weanling Sale of two lovely mares who will be joining the Backworth broodmare band.

REFINED GOLD (Rich Man’s Gold (USA) - Lorgnette)

Refined Gold (8 year old; dam by Sportsworld) is a 1400m winner and half sister to Grade 3 placed stakes winner Loupe, their dam is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Sport’s Chestnut. This is the female line of Horse Chestnut. The mare has two foals by Tiger Ridge and we purchased her in foal to Trippi on a November cover. This is interesting, as Trippi’s best US filly, Grade 1 winner R Heat Lightning, is out of a mare by Gold Fever - a son of Forty Niner, with Damascus as second damsire. That’s the same as Rich Man’s Gold. The mating gives 3×3 Forty Niner, and a foal that’s close kin to R Heat Lightning.

REFINED GOLD Rich Man’s Gold (USA) Forty Niner (USA) Mr Prospector (USA)
File (USA)
Honest Joy (USA) Honest Pleasure (USA)
Dimashq (USA)
Lorgnette Sportsworld (USA) Alleged (USA)
Gallanta (FR)
London Cry Singh (USA)
London Wall


CLEMATIS (Silvano (GER) - Upwardly Mobile)

Clematis (5 year old; dam by Hard Up) is a stakes placed 3-time winner and a half sister to Grade 1 winner Badger’s Gift, from a black type female line. Their dam is a stakes placed half sister to Cape Guineas runner-up Superior Service. Clematis was offered as a mare for stud and is yet to be covered.

CLEMATIS Silvano (GER) Lomitas (GB) Niniski (USA)
La Colorada (GER)
Spirit Of Eagles (USA) Beaus Eagle (USA)
Big Spirit (USA)
Upwardly Mobile Hard Up (ARG) Hard Fighter (GB)
Alamosa (ARG)
Seal Of Office Proclaim (USA)
Kit Kat