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.
Backworth-bred Humidor made it 4 wins from just 6 starts when powering home in the Middle Stakes over 1200m at Scottsville Wednesday for trainer Tony Rivalland with maestro Anton Marcus up.
What an exciting race result for Backworth Sunday afternoon at Scottsville! Backworth-bred Humidor won in style over 1200m, breaking Kildonan's course record. Humidor’s race record now stands at 3 wins in a row, and a 4th from just 4 starts!
We may be nearing the peak of our Summer season here in KwaZulu-Natal, but Friday night's racing at Greyville sent chills down a few spines as we once again witnessed the class of a South African stallion great of times past, Western Winter.
"Quality comes through over the sprint" and no better place to reveal a young horse's God-given talents than over Scottsville's testing finishing straight.
Ice Run shattered his maiden Friday at Greyville for owners Mrs Mary Liley and Mr Cassim, trainer Tony Rivalland with jockey Anton Marcus up!
Whilst we desperately await the start of the rainy season here in KwaZulu-Natal, there was no dampening the spirits of our Backworth-breds Sunday, as they blitzed the Scottsville turf in scintillating fashion.
Spring has embraced KwaZulu-Natal with hints of the Summer heat to come. Whilst early days yet, Friday's temperatures were flamin'... off the racecourse... and on!
By a global sprinting sensation and Australian racing legend in Choisir and boasting not only beauty but a fine temperament too, Choir Maiden always promised to be something special.
Mary Liley’s gutsy Backworth-bred gelding, Lucky Break, thrilled revelers Friday at Greyville’s ‘Night Racing’, tearing up the poly straight to get up on the line under ‘Master Jockey’, Anton Marcus, ahead of the flying Mynameisbond, Live Controversy and Semonkong.
In an absolute thriller Friday night at Greyville, the ultra-consistant Tony Rivalland-trained Lucky Break was denied victory in the eighth by a dogged Dancingwithjackson and ultimately the fall of a judge’s hammer.
Muhtafal (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)
Not even the driving rain could deter a dogged Athandiwe Mgudlwa from winning the eigth at Greyville Sunday aboard the gutsy Backworth-bred Lucky Break for trainer Tony Rivalland and owner Mary Liley.
Lucky Break, a half brother to Listed Nkosazana Stakes victress, Raise The Bar, is the grandson of Eternal Dancer from the family of Chattaronga.
The four-year-old colt is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
In the previous race, fellow Backworth-bred Down Sir Down (Count Dubois - Feather Bed) contested an extremely tight finish, missing out by a nose to place fourth.
THE JACKPOT QUICKMIX MR 73 DIVIDED HANDICAP
|1||0.00||LUCKY BREAK||52||5||A Mgudlwa||Tony Rivalland|
|2||0.75||POIVRE||52||9||M Yeni||Greg & Karen Anthony|
|3||1.00||MICHELLE MY BELLE||58||6||*D Dillon||Doug Campbell|
|4||1.50||ROCKY BAY||60||2||I Sturgeon||Frank Robinson|
|5||2.00||TULBAGH TRIP||58||4||S Randolph||Gavin van Zyl|
|6||2.50||TOP COMMAND||55||3||*L Mxothwa||Greg & Karen Anthony|
|7||3.25||KASHAN||56||8||K de Melo||Gavin van Zyl|
|8||10.25||NITRO NORI||54.5||10||A Forbes||Lezeanne Forbes|
|9||12.00||TEPPANYAKI||56||1||A Marcus||Chris Erasmus|
|10||15.00||NICK JAGGER||53.5||7||W Kennedy||Kumaran Naidoo|
Kahal (GB) - Linda Grandeza (AUS) by Grand Lodge (USA)
Backworth-bred Kadeze broke her maiden Sunday over the speedy Scottsville 1000m in a time of 58.6 for trainer Tony Rivalland with jockey Brandon Lerena up.
Kadeze is from the family of Well Decorated (USA) who recorded 6 wins including the Arlington-Washington Futurity Gr.1, Saratoga Special Stakes Gr.2, Bahamas Handicap Gr.3 and Sport Page Handicap (L) and Victorious (USA) who recorded 3 wins including Saratoga Special Stakes Gr.2, Juvenille Stakes Gr.3 and Flash Stakes (L).
Congratulations to owner, friend and stallwart Backworth supporter Mary Liley.
Kadeze is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
PIETERMARITZBURG ASSOCIATION FOR THE AGED MAIDEN PLATE
|1||0.0||KADEZE||58.0||10||B Lerena||Tony Rivalland|
|2||0.8||MINNIE THE MINX||60.0||2||B Jacobson||Wendy Whitehead|
|3||0.9||IN SIXTY SECONDS||58.0||5||I Sturgeon||Doug Campbell|
|4||1.6||SORBONNE||60.0||8||A Forbes||Chris Erasmus|
|5||1.8||PRINCESS ARIEL||60.0||6||S Randolph||Corinne Bestel|
|6||3.2||HURRICANE NELL||58.0||3||* D Dillon||Doug Campbell|
|7||4.2||ENCHANTED BAY||58.0||7||A Mgudlwa||Garth Puller|
|8||6.5||CATCHING ZEDS||60.0||4||*C Murray (4.0kg)||Mike Pappas|
|9||7.8||CARTOUCHE||58.0||12||M Yeni||Mark Dixon|
|10||9.8||APOSTLE ADVANCING||58.0||11||K de Melo||Gavin van Zyl|
|11||9.8||LUNJIWE||58.0||13||* L Mohapi (2.5)||Charles Laird|
|12||12.6||QUEENMEAD||58.0||1||D Daniels||Miss BL Impey|
|13||13.3||ROY’S DOCTOR||60.0||14||W Kennedy||Kumaran Naidoo|
|14||19.0||RHUMBA||58.0||9||* B Claasen||Doug Campbell|
CHOIR MAIDEN (AUS)
Choisir (AUS) - Prolong (AUS) by Gold Brose (AUS)
Choir Maiden won impressively by 3.2 lengths Sunday for trainer Tony Rivalland under a confident ride from top jockey Anton Marcus.
An Australian import, Backworth races this daughter of Choisir, one of the best young sires in Australia, with our dear friend Mary Liley.
The Coolmore Stud stallion rates consistently among the leading sires in Australia. He was Champion 2-year-old colt of his year and winner of the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at 3. Choisir put Australian thoroughbreds on the map as never before when winning both the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes and the Group 2 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot within 5 days of each other.
Choisir’s leading performers include Starspangledbanner, a dual hemisphere champion, dual Group 1 winner Sacred Choice, 2012 Group 1 winning 2-year-old Choice Bro as well as 2013 Group 1 winner Historian. He is the sire of eleven individual Stakes winners including three exciting 2-year-olds already this season!
This win takes Choir Maiden’s career record to 4 wins and 8 places from 16 starts.
CHILD WELFARE CHATSWORTH CHARITY FAIR 2014 FM 88 DIVIDED HANDICAP (F & M)
|1||0.0||CHOIR MAIDEN||59.5||10||A Marcus||Tony Rivalland|
|2||3.2||PRINCESS JULIETTA||60.0||3||B Lerena||Gavin van Zyl|
|3||4.8||GUEST EL GRANDE||55.5||9||M Odendaal||Colin Scott|
|4||4.8||SOUNDS POSITIVE||53.5||6||K de Melo||Frank Robinson|
|5||6.6||COTSWOLD||56.0||8||A Forbes||Chris Erasmus|
|6||7.8||MAINMAST||56.0||5||* J Barnes (2.5)||Charles Laird|
|7||10.1||WEST END||59.0||2||* L Mohapi (2.5)||Jeff Freedman|
|8||10.4||DIAMOND DIVA||53.5||4||S Khumalo||Gavin van Zyl|
|9||15.6||AGATHA PANTHER||57.0||7||M Yeni||Kumaran Naidoo|
|10||20.9||PARTY DOLL||53.5||1||W Kennedy||Chris Erasmus|
Muhtafal (USA) - Moving On Up by Jallad (USA)
Capping off a solid weekend’s racing for Backworth-breds was the Tony Rivalland-trained Muhtafal colt, Lucky Break, who ran an impressive finish at Clairwood Sunday under Brandon Lerena to break his maiden for owner Mary Liley.
Lucky Break is a half brother to Queen of the Nkosazana Stakes (Listed), Raise The Bar. He is the grandson of Eternal Dancer who had a career tally of 12 wins and is from the family of Chattaronga with 6 wins.
The three-year-old chestnut colt is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
In the 9th, Backworth-bred Gold Flight (Right Approach - Faerie Gold) finished a good 4th, after getting into trouble early, for trainer Alyson Wright under Warren Kennedy.
SOCCER 6 MAIDEN PLATE
|1||0.0||LUCKY BREAK||60.0||5||B Lerena||Tony Rivalland|
|2||2.5||GLASS TIGER||60.0||15||S Cormack||Dennis Drier|
|3||2.7||BOLT OF LIGHT||60.0||6||A Delpech||Mike de Kock|
|4||5.4||CASTLE KEEP||60.0||3||W Kennedy||Paul Gadsby|
|5||5.6||PAX AETERNA||60.0||4||S Randolph||Kumaran Naidoo|
|6||5.8||GHARBEE||60.0||2||* H v’d Hoven (4.0)||Mike de Kock|
|7||7.8||QATAR SPRINGS||60.0||12||B Jacobson||Gavin van Zyl|
|8||7.8||CAPE CANAVERAL||60.0||14||S Khumalo||Frank Robinson|
|9||7.9||ECO STORM||60.0||7||A Mgudlwa||Garth Puller|
|10||8.6||AT MIDNIGHT||57.5||1||* J Barnes (4.0)||Garth Puller|
|11||8.9||BRAVE PINCER||60.0||11||D Lembethe||James Goodman|
|12||8.9||GOLDEN MATADOR||60.0||8||M Odendaal||Sean Tarry|
|13||9.0||BOLD ATTITUDE||60.0||9||C Orffer||Michael Miller|
|14||9.8||IBERIAN EXPRESS||60.0||13||* D Dillon||Mark Dixon|
|15||12.0||GHURKA CHIEF||60.0||10||K Shea||Steve Benton|
The weather this week in KwaZulu-Natal was just beautiful and Backworth is looking quite magnificent at this time of year - not to mention our National Yearling Sales draft which are looking really good too!
3A Racing is arguably South Africa’s most youthful and vibrant racing syndicate focussing not just on racing and betting but on the social aspect of this fantastic sport too. Wesley’s grandfather was a bookmaker and two of his uncles, Mark and Brett Bowman, are still in the bookmaking game today, but he and Andrew got involved in racing at the age of 13 when a friend’s father invited them to the race track. “We started going to racing on a regular basis, we were lighties - 15 years old - and then we put together a syndicate about four years ago; it just went from there,” says Wesley. “There were just four of us originally, but when people saw us going to the races, suddenly we started growing. We’re now a big bunch of guys and we’re having to turn people away.”
Also visiting were Mary Liley with brother and sister in law Peter and Jenny from the UK, Tony and Sharon Rivalland, Kevin and Alyson Wright, Wendy Whitehead and son Damon, as well as Wendy’s friend Trish Knott and daughter Megan.
We were treated to guest appearances from future Backworth stars; Aquinata (Silvano - Tsunami), Style Flash (Miesque’s Approval - Ramp Model) and Cold Fact (Western Winter - Auburn Annio) to metion a few, before their departure for the 2013 National Yearling Sales in April.
MIESQUE’S APPROVAL (USA)
Miesques Son (USA) - Win Approval (USA)
With 3 runners on the day, he achieved a win with Rocky Bay (Miesque’s Approval - Dolphin Coast) for Herman Brown in the first race, a 4th in the Vodacom Durban July with Eton Square (Miesque’s Approval - Monroe) for Gavin Van Zyl, and our Sugar Rush (Miesque’s Approval - Sweet Sweet) came 3rd in the 9th race for Tony Rivalland.
The two Backworth-bred Turffontein runners, Varlet (Var - Miss Unimac) and Mac The Dancer (Joshua Dancer - Miss Unimac) both ran 3rd in their respective races.
SUGAR RUSH (SAF)
Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Sweet Sweet (AUS)
by Kenmare (FR)
It was an exciting moment, as all of us at Backworth had a soft spot for the dam Sweet Sweet! We bought her from Chris Saunders’s Invermooi Stud some time back, after they had struggled through a few seasons to get her in foal. Having produced a good horse ‘Meet at Mala Mala’, we saw a breeding opportunity in her top bloodline, and took the gamble. She conceived to Miesque’s Approval first season for us, producing ‘Sugar Rush’, but through numerous further coverings never conceived again!
It was also encouraging to watch Miesque’s Approval notch up a further winner!
Congratulations to all the connections!
DRAKEWOODS MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
|1||0.00||SUGAR RUSH||60.0||0||7||B Lerena||Tony Rivalland|
|2||2.50||REGAL BREEZE||60.0||0||2||A Marcus||Glen Puller|
|3||3.25||PIGEON POWER||60.0||72||4||A Delpech||Kumaran Naidoo|
|4||4.50||CRIMSON FIRE||60.0||68||9||B Jacobson||Alec Laird|
|5||4.60||HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE||60.0||62||10||S Veale||Yogas Govender|
|6||6.85||SHEIKINA||60.0||71||3||K Latham||Herman Brown / Frank R|
|7||8.10||BONNET PIECE||60.0||52||5||* K de Melo (1.5)||Des Egdes|
|8||8.85||SENORITA AL||60.0||62||1||M Byleveld||Alistair Gordon|
|9||13.10||WESTERN COVE||60.0||0||6||J Samuel||Corinne Bestel|
|10||14.85||BELOW THE RADAR||60.0||0||12||* T Matsoele (4.0)||Alec Laird|
|11||17.60||DESI GIRL||60.0||0||11||K Teetan||Chris Erasmus|
|12||26.10||PROPHETESS||60.0||0||8||D David||Corinne Bestel|
|13||0.00||SOUNDSGREATOME||60.0||66||6||* J Mariba (4.0)||Paul Lafferty|