Vaal Racecourse

Cyclone Varlet!

Varlet - 2009 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

VARLET (SAF)
Var (USA) - Miss Unimac (AUS) by Bellotto (USA)

The Brian Wiid-trained Varlet returned to winning form Saturday at the Vaal under jockey Gavin Lerena when winning an Open FM 87 Handicap (F & M) by 1.25 lengths in good company.

This win takes the Backworth-bred 5-year-old mare’s career record to 5 wins and 12 places from 26 starts with earnings of R341,600. Congratulations to owners Mr.G. Hodges, Mr. B.O. Wiid and Dr. K. Whiffler.

Varlet is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2009 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

SOCCER 10 OPEN FM 87 HANDICAP (F & M)
Vaal, Turf, 1800m
5 January 2013

Win Time : 109.16

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARLET 58.5 84 4 G Lerena Brian Wiid
2 1.25 CYCLONE MICHELLE 54.5 76 5 P Strydom Wallace Tolmay
3 2.50 TAWAKUL (IRE) 53.5 77 1 R Simons Mike de Kock
4 4.25 ELODIE 55.5 78 8 K Zechner Ormond Ferraris
5 6.50 HIMALAYAN HILL 60.0 87 2 D David Alec Laird
6 7.50 PHI 54.0 75 3 *J Greyling Kumaran Naidoo
7 14.00 QIN WEI 54.5 88 6 R Danielson Mike de Kock
8 18.00 ALESSANDRIA 57.5 83 7 R Fradd Geoff Woodruff

VARLET THRILLS AT THE VAAL

Varlet by VarVarlet - National Yearling Sale 2009
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

VARLET (SAF)
Var (USA) - Miss Unimac (AUS) by Bellotto (USA)

Backworth-bred Varlet (Var - Miss Unimac) won a thrilling MR 89 Handicap over 1600m Thursday at the Vaal, charging from the back of the field under jockey Gavin Lerena to fight out stride for stride the final 200 meters with the lightly weighted Express View (Captain Al - Solar Express) and getting up to win by a short head.

This win takes the Brian Wiid-trained 4-year-old chestnut filly’s career record to 4 wins and 6 places from 16 starts. Congratulations to owners Mr.G. Hodges, Mr. B.O. Wiid and Dr. K. Whiffler.

Varlet is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2009 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

RUGBY 5 FM 89 DIVIDED HANDICAP (F&M)
Vaal, Turf, 1600m
26 April 2012

Win Time : 96.45

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARLET 56.5 82 5 G Lerena Brian Wiid
2 0.05 EXPRESS VIEW 52.5 74 1 C Maujean Lucky Houdalakis
3 1.50 ONLY ACHIEVER 60.0 89 8 * J Greyling Geoff Woodruff
4 2.00 LIZZIE ARDEN 57.5 84 9 JP v’d Merwe Alec Laird
5 2.25 DANISH 52.0 73 6 S Khumalo St John Gray
6 2.75 END OF SEASON 58.0 85 7 M V’Rensburg St John Gray
7 10.00 KNOCK AND ANNOUNCE 52.5 74 4 G Hatt St John Gray
8 18.00 PURE SILVER 58.0 85 2 R Fradd Ormond Ferraris
9 20.00 STORMY COAST 57.5 84 3 S Brown George Scott

MONEY TREE IN THE MONEY FOR TEAM G RACING

Money Tree by VarMoney Tree (SAF) wins her maiden
(Photo : Backworth Stud - Footage: Team G Racing)

MONEY TREE (SAF)
Var (USA) - Erythrina (SAF) by Fort Wood (USA)

Having a satellite yard on the Highveld has its benefits for trainer Gavin van Zyl and sending out Money Tree (SAF) (Var (USA) - Erythrina (SAF)) for a spin under jockey Wesley Marwing on the Vaal sand track Tuesday afternoon turned out to be a wise call for Team G Racing.

Coming off a disappointing run on the grass, Money Tree showed how a change of track surface can turn the form around as she produced an explosive finish to win by 2.25 lengths from early pace setter Pink Prospect (SAF) (Silvano (GER)) and Jolly Along (SAF) (Silvano (GER)).

SA CLASSIC DAY 31 MARCH 2012 MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
Vaal, Sand, 1000m
27 March 2012

Win Time : 59.66

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 MONEY TREE 60.0 57 7 *W Marwing Gavin van Zyl
2 2.25 PINK PROSPECT 60.0 0 12 R Simons Barend Botes
3 4.00 JOLLY ALONG 60.0 67 4 F Herholdt Robbie Sage
4 5.50 KIWI ISLAND 60.0 55 5 *G Olwagen Coenie de Beer
5 5.75 TIME TO FLY 60.0 0 1 D Daniels Neville Fisher
6 6.50 SHAAHIRA 60.0 61 10 S Brown Leon Erasmus
7 6.75 HYDE PARK GIRL 60.0 45 3 M Mienie Lucky Houdalakis
8 7.00 TOTM 60.0 63 6 G Lerena Wallace Tolmay
9 13.50 BEL AIR BLONDE 60.0 64 14 L Nhlapo Leon Erasmus
10 15.00 BLACK ARROW 60.0 0 2 S Khumalo Chris Erasmus
11 17.00 MEET U AT MIDNIGHT 60.0 0 9 T Appie Brett Webber
12 17.50 ISHTAR 60.0 0 11 * N Juglall Barend Botes
13 23.00 REEL DEEP 60.0 55 8 S Chambers Ernie Anderson
14 23.25 CAFE LATTE 60.0 0 13 C Maujean Brett Webber

DEJA VU FOR LEON ERASMUS' BLINGLE BELLS

Blingle Bells wins at Vaal RacecourseBlingle Bells (SAF)
(Photo : JC Photos / Backworth Stud)

BLINGLE BELLS (SAF)
Parade Leader (USA) - September Bells (SAF) by Western Winter (USA)

Almost a year ago to the day, the Backworth-bred filly Blingle Bells (Parade Leader - September Bells), blitzed her opposition in the Summer Speedsters at the Vaal for owner/trainer Leon Erasmus.

Yesterday, it was a case of deja vu for Backworth’s top earner of the 2010/2011 racing season, as Blingle Bells tore up the sand track to win going away in a hotly contested MR 80 Handicap over 1000m, under apprentice Gerrit Olwagen.

This win takes the five-year-old mare’s career earnings to R417,025.

SASCOC TRIPLE CROWN FM 80 HANDICAP (F & M)
Vaal, Sand, 1000m
16 February 2012

Win Time : 60.19

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 BLINGLE BELLS 62.0 84 1 * G Olwagen Leon Erasmus
2 1.25 HOWHIGHCANUFLY 57.5 75 6 G Wrogemann Roy Magner
3 1.75 IKATI 52.0 62 3 * N Juglall Kumaran Naidoo
4 2.50 KINEMATIC COUNTESS 60.0 86 5 G Lerena Roy Magner
5 4.00 LA VOLTA 55.5 77 14 S Brown David Rahilly
6 4.05 POLISH LADY 55.5 71 11 R Simons Lucky Houdalakis
7 4.10 KAHAL’S FANTASY 58.0 76 12 P Strydom Brian Wiid
8 .4.20 REBECCA SHARP 60.0 80 10 T Appie Brett Webber
9 4.50 REGAL ROXY 53.0 66 13 L Nhlapo Leon Erasmus
10 6.25 CINNAMON SPICE 53.5 67 8 R Fradd Sean Tarry
11 6.50 ROSEHIP 60.5 87 9 JP van der Merwe Corne Spies
12 8.00 MOONELLI 56.5 79 2 D David Paul Peter
13 9.50 VICTORIUS MISTRESS 55.0 76 7 R Fourie Paul Peter
14 13.50 TEMPANO 52.0 64 4 E Pheiffer Roy Magner

VARLET PICKING UP STEAM

Varlet by VarVarlet - National Yearling Sale 2009
(Photo : Backworth Stud)

VARLET (SAF)
Var (USA) - Miss Unimac (AUS) by Bellotto (USA)

Backworth-bred Varlet (Var - Miss Unimac) won at the Vaal Thurday making it an impressive 2 from 2 for the four-year-old chestnut filly, in just over 2 weeks.

This win takes Varlet’s career record to 3 wins and 5 places from 14 starts for trainer Brian Wiid.

Varlet is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2009 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

SASCOC TRIPLE CROWN HOSPITALITY PACKAGE FM 72 HANDICAP (F & M)
Vaal, Turf, 1700m
2 February 2012

Win Time : 102.97

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARLET 59.5 71 2 G Lerena Brian Wiid
2 0.10 EXPRESS VIEW 56.0 64 7 M Mienie Lucky Houdalakis
3 4.00 GOLDEN HANDSHAKE 53.5 59 8 JP van der Merwe Leon Erasmus
4 4.10 SMANYO 53.5 59 11 * DS Lembethe (2.5) Romeo Francis
5 4.25 CAT POWER 58.0 78 5 * N Qaule (2.5) Alec Laird
6 5.25 SCHOONER 60.0 82 4 R Fradd Sean Tarry
7 5.30 HLAMBA 57.5 67 14 P Strydom Louis Goosen
8 5.75 CYCLONE MICHELLE 58.0 68 12 * N Juglall Wallace Tolmay
9 6.00 SLEEK SHEIKH 60.0 72 6 S Chambers Coenie de Beer
10 6.10 RARE DISTINCTION (ARG) 56.5 65 3 E Pheiffer Roy Magner
11 6.20 QUEEN JOSEPHINE 57.5 67 1 M van Rensburg Dominic Zaki
12 6.20 MAIKO MAGIC 57.5 67 9 F Herholdt Stephen Moffatt
13 6.30 ELEGANT STRIDE 54.5 61 10 C Maujean Ian Jayes
14 6.50 IMOGEN 54.0 60 13 S Brown Leon Erasmus


Late Scratchings




15 0.00 ROSE FOR ROSSINI 52.0 55 13 n/a Romeo Francis
16 0.00 ALAMEIN 52.0 52 16 n/a Mike Azzie

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

BLINGLE BELLS BLITZES SUMMER SPEEDSTERS

Blingle Bells wins the Summer SpeedstersBLINGLE BELLS - Summer Speedsters (Non-Black Type)
(Photo : JC Photos / Backworth Stud)

BLINGLE BELLS
Parade Leader (USA) - September Bells by Western Winter (USA)

Backworth Stud congratulates Leon Erasmus and the connections on Blingle Bells’ convincing win in the Summer Speedsters at the Vaal yesterday!

Blingle Bells is full of surprises and obviously has plenty of ability. She seems to be getting better as she gets older!

Happy Racing!

 

 

R125,000 Summer Speedsters (Non-Black Type)
For Fillies and Mares
Vaal, Sand, 1000m
Win Time : 60.31

Trainer : Leon Erasmus
Jockey : Louis Nhlapo
Owners : Mr FWP Welman, Mr LJ and Mrs MJ Erasmus
Breeder : Backworth Stud

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 BLINGLE BELLS 54.0 80 4 L Nhlapo Leon Erasmus
2 0.75 DIXIE LASS 54.0 69 5 F Coetzee Leon Erasmus
3 3.50 CANDY COTTON 54.0 86 6 M Malherbe Louis Goosen
4 4.25 JOLLY POPPINS 54.0 80 2 J Sampson Louis Goosen
5 5.50 REBECCA SHARP 56.0 77 3 G Lerena Brett Webber
6 9.00 SCARLET SHEILA (AUS) 54.0 92 1 G Figueroa Paul Matchett


Late Scratchings




7 0.00 MANNEQUIN 60.0 100 6 R Simons Paul Matchett
8 0.00 MACLAIN 54.0 70 3 * N Qaule Louis Goosen

BLINGLE BELLS RUNNER-UP IN BANYANA HANDICAP (L)

blingle bells runs second to mannequin in banyana handicap

BLINGLE BELLS
Parade Leader (USA) - September Bells by Western Winter (USA)

In the vanguard from the off, Mannequin (Kahal (GB) - Model K) saw off Ex Unitate Vires (National Assembly (CAN) - Star Wars) racing into the final 200m and then Vareuse (Var (USA) - Toga) before going on to win from Backworth-bred Blingle Bells (Parade Leader (USA) - September Bells).

Blingle Bells is trained by Leon Erasmus.

Banyana Handicap (Listed)
For Fillies and Mares, Vaal, 1000m, Sand
24 September 2010 

Position LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 MANNEQUIN 58.5 95 7 R Simons Paul Matchett
2 2.25 BLINGLE BELLS 52.0 80 8 L Nhlapo Leon Erasmus
3 2.50 VAREUSE 54.5 87 5 G Figueroa Charles Laird
4 4.75 EX UNITATE VIRES 56.0 90 9 D David Geoff Woodruff
5 9.25 LULU BELLE 54.5 87 10 S Chambers Leon Lotz
6 10.50 GOLDEN SECRET 55.0 88 4 *JP van der Merwe Mike Azzie
7 10.55 ESTEREL 61.5 101 2 F Naude Dianne Stenger
8 12.50 FOREST LECTURE 52.0 69 3 S Khumalo Chris Erasmus
9 18.00 AREWEHAVINGFUNYET 54.0 86 1 A Delpech Sean Tarry
10 99.99 STARS IN MY EYES 52.0 75 6 *D Mansour Geoff Woodruff