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Your Ticket to Thrill!

Your Ticket to Thrill!

The Yvette Bremner-trained Thrill Factor continued to live up to her name Friday at Fairview, scorching her competition to win by an emphatic four lengths for owners Messrs Gorgulho and Van Huyssteen with jockey Gift Funeka up.


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We couldn’t resist this… Johan Alberts, Dillyn Brijlal and Taz brave the KZN ‘early morning’ winter elements as part of their daily preparation of the Backworth Stud draft for the upcoming KZN Yearling Sales at Suncoast, Durban, 5-6 July 2012. Johan and Dillyn are seen above sporting the latest in Estonian ‘hat fashion’… courtesy of our recent trip to Estonia.

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Luxardo (Mogok by Absolut Star)Lot 222 LUXARDO (Mogok (USA) - Absolut Star)
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

30 June - 1 July 2011

The KZN Yearling Sale was held at the Suncoast Casino in Durban for the first time, and the new venue attracted a number of compliments from buyers and vendors alike. Whilst the sale had mixed results, few voiced anything but praise for the new venue.

The aggregate of R7.802 million was down slightly on last year’s aggregate of R7.793 million, but it is worth noting that the average price of R45,626 was an increase on last year’s average of R43,568. And while the number of horses not sold (61) was up marginally on last year’s total (59), the sales topper (R310,000) was up considerably on last year’s top priced yearling (R210,000).

The Dubai based VIP Thoroughbreds were the top buyers at the sale. They purchased four yearlings for R500,000, at an average price of R125,000. Their top buy was the Mogok colt, Luxardo (Lot 222) out of Absolut Star, consigned by Backworth Stud, whom they bought for R200,000.

Top vendor at the sale, by aggregate, was Boland Stud, who sold all 12 of their yearlings on sale for a total of R960,000. Top vendor, by average, (3 or more yearlings sold) was Backworth Stud. Backworth sold four of their five yearlings for an average price of R108,750.

The top stallion, by aggregate, was Miesque’s Approval. Currently the country’s second leading first crop sire, Miesque’s Approval had 19 of his 22 yearlings sell for R845,000.

Top sire by average (3 or more sold) was Summerhill Stud’s veteran sire, Muhtafal. The stallion had three yearlings sell for R450,000 - at an average price of R150,000.

A full list of results is available at